SuperKart Series organisers were pleased to see continued growth in the 125cc National Class at Hampton Downs last weekend for round 3 of the annual SuperKart Series.16kz2hdgroup.jpg

The class has seen a recent boost in competitors and as it goes, numbers breed numbers.  No less than 15 karts were entered in the class on the weekend which has to be a record for SuperKarting in NZ.  Some big names in NZ karting were along for a look-see and to join in the action.   Multi-time national KZ2 champion Ryan Grant and previous Open class champion Richard Moore decided to see what all the fuss was about and turned up ready for some close but clean racing.  Comments from Ryan are that he’ll be back, so come and race with the best in the business!

As one would expect, both drivers were right on the pace come the qualifying session with Moore setting the fastest time and Grant qualifying 5th  with series regulars Cameron Dance, Darryl Currie and Nick Isaac separating them.  

Race one saw the battle commence with Moore, Grant, Darryl Currie and Nick Isaac making good starts to get a gap from16dannyhd.jpg the rest of the field.  Numerous lead changes in the opening laps was the order of the day as the tactical use of drafting down the straights and late braking manoeuvres kept the fight fun and  interesting.  

Races 2, 3 and 4 were carbon copies with some of the best racing this class has seen in recent memory with margins of less than 0.1 of a second separating placings throughout the day.  Series leader Cameron Dance seemed to struggle with the heavy traffic at the start of the races but managed to bridge the gap to the front runners and join the fight towards the end.  Dance managed a 2nd place in race one and a win in race 2 before a mechanical issue ended his day.  

Grant took the win in races 1, 3 and 4 to claim first place for the day ahead of Darryl Currie in 2nd place from Richard Moore (3rd), Nick Isaac(4th), Dan Isaac (5th) and Darren Maguire rounding out the top 6.   The big improver in the field was Matt Barton (7th) who in his 2nd SuperKart meeting was setting quick lap times and will soon be up the sharp end to mix it up with the front runners.  Shawn King made his karting debut in the class and showed a dramatic improvement in his laptimes as the day went on.  David Cox, Matt Hansen and Andrew Hunt couldn’t match the pace of the front runners but enjoyed good racing between themselves.16superint46hd.jpg

Feedback from drivers in the class was that they had one of the best days racing they have ever experienced with the wheel to wheel clean racing and numerous overtaking opportunities making for a great day.  If you enjoy close but clean racing with lots of karts on the track and have been waiting for a time to try road racing in a KZ2 then now is the time.  You don’t know what you’re missing.  Bring on Manfield!

International class was set to be a showdown between Andrew Hall, Tony Gestro and Alex Geary amongst others but Geary had an issue on the practise day which meant the first couple of races were used as run-in sessions and Andrew Hall blew his clutch in race one which gave Gestro 2 easy wins in races 1 and 2 from Warwick Dunn, Les Campbell and Martijn Weiss.  

Geary came back strongly in race 3 to snatch a victory from Gestro by less than a second and then to romp home in race 4 by a sizeable margin.  Laptimes between the two were very close so it will be very interesting come Nationals in September with Hall bound to be right up there along with other top drivers.  That was the final shakedown at Hampton Downs before September's National Championships and Grand prix event.

The top step on the podium was taken by Gestro from Geary with Dunn claiming 3rd.

Rotax DD2 class also continues to show growth with the compulsory sprint bodywork and controlled tyres making the16HDkart13.jpg class appealing to the sprint racing fraternity.    

Race 1 saw Kevin Geard take the lead quickly with Chris Jensen close behind.  Kevin appeared to be losing some pace and soon it became a three man race for the lead between Brent Murgatroyd, Chris Jensen and Geard.  Murgatroyd took the win despite being the meat in the sandwich over the finish line.

Murgatroyd took wins in races 2 and 3 but was upset by James Blair who came good after battling power valve issues in the first 3 races.  It’s good to see the numbers slowly starting to creep up in the DD2 class with Chris Jensen able to supply gearing ratios for the road at a good price it’s a good time to come and experience racing on real racing circuits!

Geard, who lives by the sea was obviously missing playing in the sand and took a big off and buried himself in the sand trap. Only his pride was hurt thankfully.  Great to see Derek Tunnicliffe gaining pace and picking up a couple of 4th places, -well done Derek. 

Taranaki’s Logan Boyde continues his march towards another series title in the Rotax Max Light class, it’s still early days with 3 rounds remaining but he’s piling on the points at the moment.  He was punching out seriously fast lap times in the 1min 14sec ballpark which is very impressive.

It’s hard to recall the youngster being beaten to the line so far this season.  Tony Kinsman is right there but can’t seem to find that extra edge to really challenge Boyde.  Kinsman will be pulling out all stops in the upcoming rounds to see if he can start to claw back some of the points lead Boyde is accumulating.  16rotaxfieldhd.jpg

Brendon White had a great day out with 3rd place finishes in every race to edge out last years series 3rd place getter Jason Butterworth to claim 3rd overall for the day and a share of the prize money.  Further back in the pack saw Sharn Connor, Matt Wallace, Carly Tollenaar amongst others trading similar laptimes to keep things interesting.  

The big boys in the Rotax Max Heavy class were shown a clean pair of heels by Caleb Hartley in races 1 and 2 before Teddy Bassick managed to squeeze past by 0.1 of a second in race 3 to grab some extra points to stretch his margin over Mark Ongley who showed at Taupo that he is a man to watch this year.  

Hartley grabbed the win again in race 4 from Teddy and Johnny Bassick, who it was great to see back in the series again to give his old man a hurry up.  Johnny took 3rd place in every race to grab a podium spot.  Not a bad effort that!  Teddy’s placings for the meeting means he’s probably got his nose in front at this stage of the season but anything can happen with Manfield next on the calendar where drafting will be ultra important due to the long straights and high speeds.  

As eluded to, the series moves to Mighty Manfield for the next 2 Rounds of the series starting with round 4 on the 5th of June.  Go to www.superkarts.nz for details and entry form.  Visit the Club's Facebook Page for pics from Hampton Downs. 

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CAPTIONS:  Nick Isaac #22 leads a tight bunch of KZ2 karts. KZ2 guru Danny Olla was on hand for advice. International class winner Tony Gestro #46. Todd Jolly #13 stood out from the crowd. Logan Boyde #3 leading the Rotax Max classes.Photo credit Trina Aiono.

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