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SUPERKART SERIES WRAPS UP AT MANFIELD

The 6th and final round of the Kartsport Superkart Drivers Club Road Racing Series for 2014 was held in superb weather on the 9th of November at the Manfield circuit in Fielding.  With trophy positions in the National 250cc and Rotax Max Heavy classes still up for grabs the stage was set for some excellent racing.

250cc National Class continues to grow in popularity, with two fresh faces joining the established core of racers for the final round. superk14 r6 Nick Isaac leads the 250cc National field.jpg Wellingtonians, Peter Hoare and Sean Cuthbert added real competition to what is turning out to be one of the closest fields in recent times with Cuthbert showing real pace in his newly acquired CR250 with wins in race 1 and 2.  He has been out of the seat for a year or two but he showed that he’ll be a real threat in upcoming events.  Peter Hoare had been sprint racing a KZ2 until he was convinced to go road racing.  His pace increased as the day wore on and he had a great battle with the rest of the pack in race 4.  The grin on his face at the end of the days racing and his comments about why he hadn’t gone road racing sooner really shows the level of enjoyment which comes from racing in a field of competitors who respect racing room and can trust one anothers judgement and decision making in the heat of battle.  There is nothing better from a drivers point of view than a bunch of 250cc machines trading places cleanly and regularly at high speed. 

It was current 2NZ Steve Wilton setting the pace early on however with a qualifying time of 1.10.4 setting a new National class lap record.  The old lap record set by Nick Isaac last year of 1.11.4 is now a distant memory with some really fast machinery sitting on the grid and more arriving all the time.  Wilton had an electrical problem and another mechanical issue to sort out in the early races which cost him in the points for the day but came back strongly in the latter races to show he is the man to beat approaching the Nationals. 

Nick Isaac from Taranaki was sitting 32 points clear of Richard Simmonds on top of the standings with both men still in with a chance of taking the 1st place trophy.  It was Isaac who secured the series win though with two 2nd place finishes and a win in the final race to take round win and extend his points gap back to Richard Simmonds with 3rd place for the series going to current National Champion Chris Simmonds.

Tim Wakefield secured the 125cc National Class trophy in his Rotax DD2 kart showing that consistency pays off.  Peter Dicks has returned to racing after a crash at Taupo in April left him sidelined and has stepped up to a KZ2.  He was joined by Darryl Currie, with the two men from the Manawatu locked in a close battle all day.  It was Dicks who won every race though and he was raving about the step up from single speed to gearbox karts and wondered why he didn’t do it sooner.  The 125cc classes have the potential to be huge next year with organisers hoping to get sufficient DD2 and KZ2 karts on the grid to recognise separate classes in the series. 

  

Brad Alexander had the winners trophy secured in the Rotax Heavy Class but the stage was set for Peter Cottam and Darren Maguire tosuperk14 r6 Maguire (75) pips Ricky Lang.jpg battle it out for the 2nd place trophy.  With just 5 points separating them it was Maguire who made the better start with a 2nd place finish in race 1.  Cottam had a spin in race 1 but came back well in race 2 to maintain his small margin before a jetting change from Maguire paid dividends with the Wellingtonian securing race wins in the final 2 races to finish the series in style.  Maguire was over the moon with the result after finally breaking free from the frustration of some of the previous rounds in the series.  It is Ricky Lang who continues to impress with wins in the first 2 races and top results in the final 2 races to take the round win from Maguire with Brad Alexander rounding out the top 3.  Alexander didn’t display his usual dominance which is a testament to the competition in this class also.  Ricky Lang will be a real threat to Alexander in next years series if he competes in all 6 rounds.

Rotax Max Light had 4 new faces, with Dennis Nicols joining John and Dominic Crossman as well as Taranaki’s Logan Boyde for their first foray into road racing.  Logan Boyde gave series winner Charlotte Oram a real hurry up with fastest laps throughout the day.  Logan’s father Steve was dropping teeth off the rear axle all day until he ran out of sprockets.  This driver / mechanic combination will be one to watch in next years series with Steve bringing a wealth of knowledge from his long time involvement in the sport with the KartSport Taranaki.  Oram and Boyde were basically neck and neck in every race with side by side finishes in all of them.  Oram just managed to beat Boyde to the line in every race and I’m sure she would have been relishing the close racing that she’s seen in the last 2 rounds.  3rd place for the round and series was Julian Osborne with consistent results all day just behind Oram and Boyde.  Ron Alexander cemented 2nd place for the series with some close racing between himself, Mike Simmonds and Osborne.

Andrew Hall already had the International class first place trophy secured prior to the final round, his consistent pace all year and commitment to race every round had him miles ahead in the points.  For what is supposed to be the “glamour” class in SuperKarting it is disappointing to see the lack of commitment from International class competitors to attend events with all but Hall sitting out numerous rounds.  Tony Gestro had one of those days with a gearbox issue ending his day early on which left Hall with no-one to play with.  Dion Hubers continues to show good pace in Division 2 and like Hall, had the series sewn up before this round.

The 2015 Superkart Series kicks off at Taupo on the 11th of January 2015.  This will be followed in February by the KartSport New Zealand National SuperKart Championships and Grand Prix at the same venue so organisers are looking forward to record entry numbers for what will be another great year of road racing.

The KartSport Superkart Drivers Club committee would like to thank everyone who has supported the series this year.   Special thanks goes out to the race officials as well as Club Secretary/Tresurer Robin Isaac for their time and effort throughout the year.   We look forward to seeing you all back in 2015. 

For more information about the series and final placings go to www.facebook.com/groups/152367844774876/

 

FINAL SERIES RESULTS AFTER 6 ROUNDS (PODIUM PLACINGS)

International  Div 1

1st            Andrew Hall (Akld)                              775 points

2nd           Tony Gestro (Wgtn)                             255 points

3rd           Martijn Weiss (Akld)                            175 points

International Div 2

1st            Dion Hubers (Akld)                              780 points

2nd           Geoff Sherrell (BOP)                           110 points

3rd           Wayne Crossland                                 60 points

National 250cc

1st            Nick Isaac (Tara)                                   529 points

2nd           Richard Simmonds (Wgtn)                  462 points

3rd           Chris Simmonds (Wgtn)                      357 points

National 125cc

1st            Tim Wakefield (Akld)                           472 points

2nd           Brent Murgatroyd                                170 points

3rd           Peter Dicks (Mwtu)                              140 points

Rotax Max Light

1st            Charlotte Oram (Wgtn)                       774 points

2nd           Ron Alexander (Akld)                          441 points

3rd           Julian Osborne (Wgtn)                        387 points

Rotax Max Heavy

1st            Brad Alexander (Akld)                        699 points

2nd           Darren Maguire (Wgtn)                      457 points

3rd           Peter Cottam (Tara)                             430 points

CAPTIONS: #3 Nick Isaac leads the 250cc National field with #30 Dan Isaac and #16 Sean Cuthbert, #12 Peter Hoare. Darren Maguire #75 pips Ricky Lang to the line  Photos courtesy of Petrina Aiono.

 

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