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KartSport Superkart Drivers Club 

2016 Cash Series, Round 2, Taupo

 

The Gearbox classes look to be on the up judging by the numbers supporting the 2nd round of the SuperKart Series held in Taupo over the weekend.16superk 3 int taupo.jpg

The International class has been struggling for numbers in the series over the past couple of years but with record 8 confirmed entries for last weekend's event the scene was set for some great action. The other class on the up is 125cc National with a recent boost in support from KZ2 class drivers either trying out road racing for the first time or from drivers switching classes.   

These classes look to be heading in the right direction and judging by comments on the weekend, the new drivers will definitely be back in the upcoming rounds with the ultra close racing and friendly, helpful atmosphere proving to be a refreshing change which has left everyone wanting more. 

International class saw a couple of new faces with Matt Hansen and Les Campbell joining the established field of drivers. It’s great to see a couple of mainlanders making the trek to Taupo. Campbell hails from Dunedin which is a great effort and is only surpassed in distance by long time class supporter and former NZ champion Paul Dunlop from the deep south. It’s fantastic to see you boys supporting the series, well done.

Dunlop showed he wasn’t there to muck about and took it to the class early on with a solid win in race one from Andrew16superk weiss int taupo.jpg Hall and Tony Gestro, who is back in the class following a year racing National class, where he took out the series and a NZ title in 2015. Dunlop fell off the pace a little in the following races but managed to secure 3rd place for the meeting. Gestro was obviously a little gun-shy early on following what he reckons was a decent spin at the high speed turn 9 in the first round in February (no-one can verify his version of events and he has been known to exaggerate so no-one really knows the truth. He was rumoured to have muttered something about old tyres but no-one really believes that, we all think he just ran out of talent). He ramped up the commitment in the following races to secure wins and take out the day. Andrew Hall had no answer for Gestro and was possibly feeling a little hesitant himself after an incident on the practice day which saw him in the kitty litter.

It was great to see so many winged karts on the track and as usual, the spectators which were there enjoying the car classes as well as the karts were blown away by the pace of these machines. The new guys will take some time to get to grips with how these things handle so watch for them to improve in the next few rounds.

National 125 class saw some ultra close racing with newcomers Matt Barton, Scott Hansen and Lawrence Wright enjoying their first road race event. Welcome to the class guys! As mentioned, class numbers are swelling with every meeting with recent class changes from brothers Nick and Dan Isaac from 250 National and the return of Daryl Currie to give the existing class drivers a real hurry up.16superk 125-250s taupo.jpg

The class saw battles within the battle all day long with the featherweights Currie and Cameron Dance going head to head and the more muscular framed drivers including Darren Maguire, Barton and the Isaac brothers who were going toe to toe not far behind. The bigger boys seemed to be able to deal with the early traffic a bit better and get a gap but the straight line speed of the lighter guys came through in the end with Dance winning all 4 races from Currie. Dan Isaac managed to get one up on his older brother to take 3rd place. There is a suspicion of exhaust spring tampering which cost Nick a DNF in race 1 but this can’t be proved so we’ll never know!   You could have thrown a blanket over them along with Maguire with the 3 of them all trading spots throughout the day with nose to tail racing and huge grins.

David Cox and fellow Taranaki debutant Matt Barton had their own battle a little further back and with a good number of SuperKarts racing there was plenty to deal with as they made their way through traffic. With 10 karts in the class it’s going to be great racing so if you’re thinking of dragging your KZ2 (or any other 125) out and come racing, now is the time to get involved.

A big welcome to KartSport Whangarei Club member, Derek Tunnicliffe who has joined the DD2 team. After a slow start Brent Murgatroyd managed to hold off Kevin Geard in Race 1. They had a great bumper to bumper tussle with the lead changing many times. Brent conquered in the end managing to take the win. In race 2 Brent managed to get a good lead to start with but Kevin Geard steadily closed the gap and with a slip stream battle down the back straight, Brent only just managed to hold him off to take the win. Tim Wakefield took 3rd in race 2, this being his first meeting of the year.  Race 3 Kevin built a steady gap over Brent and Tim, taking the win in fine form. In race 4, the final race of the day, Kevin got the initial jump and Brent slowly closed the gap to be on his tail with a lap to go. Unfortunately Kevin suffered throttle problems conceding the race and therefore the round win to Brent. It was a great days racing and encouraging to see Tim Wakefield and Derek Tunnicliffe out joining our Superkart series in the mighty DD2’s. Derek was happy with his improvement throughout the day for his first outing in road racing and Tim Wakefield showed progress throughout the day. Well done to everyone for another great days racing with smiles all around from the DD2 boys. 

Rotax Light driver Logan Boyde started off the series as he finished last year with a good win in round 1. His arch nemesis16 superr2tauporotax.jpg Tony Kinsman got the better of him in race one though which would have made him sit up and take notice. Kinsman was sporting a new chassis fresh from nephew Dan Kinsman’s tilt at the National Sprint Champs last weekend and had good pace. Boyde got things sorted in the remaining races to take the round win in style with Kinsman taking a comfortable 2nd. Todd Jolly has also found a bit of pace these days (must be the fairing) but had a poor result in the final race which cost him. Brendon White showed great pace all day and consistent results saw him round out the podium and take home a share of the cash prize pool which is on offer for this years series.

Carly Tolenaar was expected to do really well and challenge for the podium before the event but she seemed to struggle all day for whatever reason even with Ryan Urban in her corner. I’m sure she’ll be back in better form next time.   John Crossman looks to be improving along with Sean Heffernan in the mid pack.

The Rotax Max Heavy class is wide open this year with the absence of Brad Alexander from this year's series. Teddy Bassick and Mark Ongley look to be shaping up for a great battle. Ongley has really stepped up and stamped his mark on this round with 3 wins leaving Teddy to claim a solitary win. Great work Mark! Lets see if you can keep it up. It looks to be “game on” between them and we all look forward to the close racing continuing. Peter Cottam is back on the scene after taking last year off and was really pleased with how he went. He kept his nose clean all day to round out the podium.   This is one class that is starting to show signs of more numbers so if you’re a Rotax Heavy driver and want some clean, close racing then come along. The Club has gearing you can use if you’ve never tried it before and want to give it a go without having to commit to buying gear then give the club secretary a call to arrange it.

The series moves to Hampton Downs for Round 3 on the 8th of May so mark it on your calendar and get your entries in.

There are lots of great pics from the weekends racing on the club Facebook Page so check it out.  

Once again, thanks goes out to all the officials, Eddie, Graham, Phil, Warrick, Robin and Bev for making the day run ultra smoothly!

MY-LAPS Results

Photo credits: Kathie Geard

Report from KartSport SuperKart Drivers Club. 



 

 


 

 


 

 
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