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 URBAN IS NEW KIWI SUPERKART KING

Rain and drizzle was the order of the day at the 2016 KartSport New Zealand National SuperKart Championship and Grand Prix which was held at Hampton Downs on the 25th of September.  Chassis setup and driving skill was always going to be a major influence on how the class titles would be decided when the day dawned damp.

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Every class had the potential to be very tightly contested given the calibre of the fields and the days racing saw new National Champions in every class with Taranaki drivers doing their province proud by claiming two NZ titles.

True to form in International class, the day was dominated from the outset by multi-time karting champion Ryan Urban from Auckland.  It’s a guarantee when Ryan enters a class he will give it his all and perform with style and speed and no-one could match him all day.  Urban won all 4 races in the championship by healthy margins to swoop up another trailer load of trophies to display in what must be an impressive looking trophy cabinet.  Tony Gestro was expected to provide stiff competition after getting his hands on the kart Karl Wilson used to win the title last year but Gestro couldn’t get the power down as well as Urban in the wet.  Gestro’s pace was still good enough to claim 2nd place ahead of ex-national champion Wayne Sproston in third place.  The rain must have been playing havoc with a number of karts in the class with numerous drivers missing race starts and having DNF’s throughout the day with Alex Geary, Paul Dunlop, Les Campbell, Warrick Dunn and Teddy Bassick who was doing double duty all in the wars for various reasons.

Taranaki’s Nick Isaac claimed his first NZ title in the 15 strong National class in what was another dominant display in the

16SuperKartNatsNat22NickIsaaclr-1.jpg wet.  With brother and fellow mechanic Dan selflessly crewing for him instead of himself racing they had the Maranello kart hooked up and getting the abundance of the 250cc power down to the ground way better than anyone else in the field.   Isaac’s nearest challenger was ex-national title holder and one of the favourites to win Steve Wilton from Wellington but Wilton had no answer in the wet conditions with Isaac dominating the practise and qualifying sessions before building gaps in races 1 and 2 to take easy wins.  Race 3 was all going to plan before a lapse in concentration saw him in the kitty litter around the sweeper which left him needing a good result in race 4 which he duly won to claim the title.   Steve Wilton had a scratchy start with an infringement in the qualifying session but produced some good drives to secure 2nd place.  Daryl Currie had an excellent day with 3rd place finishes in every race to claim the remaining spot on the podium ahead of Cameron Dance, Chris Simmonds and Matt Wallace rounding out the top 6.

Taranaki’s 2nd NZ title went to Logan Boyde in the Rotax Max light class.  Boyde will never admit to it but he was the firm16SuperKartNatsRotaxH3LoganBoydelr-1.jpg favourite to win after what has been a stellar year.  With father Steve weaving his magic in the chassis tuning department and Logan driving with skill and determination to outclass his rivals in the challenging conditions it was a truly satisfying outcome and just reward for them as a team.  Having finished last years nationals in 3rd place they have gone from strength to strength and really deserve the title.  Tony Kinsman had another great day with three 2nd place finishes and a win in race 4 which Boyde didn’t contest to claim the 2NZ spot ahead of Keith Wilkinson who is also a top performer.     Lee Sefton, Jason Butterworth and Brendon White rounded out the top 6.

The Rotax Max Heavy class was up for grabs going by the form of some of the more favoured drivers leading up to the event and this class produced the closest racing from the top 3 drivers of any class.  Crowd favourite Teddy Bassick added the class title to his resume after what has been a great year in all forms of karting for the veteran racer.  Teddy didn’t have16SuperKartNatsRotaxTeddyBassicklr-1.jpg it easy though and was pushed hard all the way by youngster Thomas Batt with the race 1 winning margin a mere 1 thousandths of a second!  Bassick went on to win race 2 before Batt struck back with a win in race 3 to leave a nail biter for race 4.  Batt needed to back up his win in race 3 with another victory and hope Teddy struck problems but it was Caleb Hartley who snuck through to win with Batt coming home second and Bassick driving a mature race to come home 3rd to claim the title.  David Odering, Mark Ongley and Sharn Connor rounded out the top 6.

It was much the same in the Open Grand Prix with Ryan Urban marching to victory ahead of Taranaki’s Alex Geary with Martijn Weiss coming home in third place.  A number of front running National class karts were taken out in an incident in turn 4 on the first lap which included Nick Isaac and Daryl Currie ending their chances of taking home the 1st place trophy for national class kart home which left Steve Wilton to drive well and overtake Cameron Dance who managed to sneak through the turn 4 incident unscathed but couldn’t hold off the hard charging Wilton who grabbed the win.

Logan Boyde also made it a clean sweep with a 10 second winning margin over Keith Wilkinson and Tony Kinsman in the Rotax Grand Prix with Caleb Hartley getting up to take the trophy for the first Heavy.  

Ryan Urban was awarded the Pommie Trophy for the most successful performance in the International / National field in the four Championship Heats and the Open Grand Prix.
The KartSport SuperKart Drivers Club hosted the event and would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the volunteers and officials who continue to provide a great service to SuperKarting in NZ.  Special thanks goes out to Robin and Bev Isaac, Eddie Donnelly, Ross Karlsson, Graham Knight, Haylee Wallace, Les Thompson, Warrick Parkes, Phil Green, Jamie Aislabie and Bruce Cawood for the countless hours they all put in to making sure we can all race.

CAPTIONS: Class winners at the 2016 KartSport NZ New Zealand SuperKart Championship meeting at Hampton Downs on Sunday were Ryan Urban (#90), Nick Isaac (#22), Logan Boyde (#3) and Teddy Bassick (#96). Photo credit: Fast Company/Matt Smith

RESULTS

2016 KartSport New Zealand National SuperKart Championship and Grand Prix, Waikato Challenge car/superkart meeting Hampton Downs Northern Waikato Sun Sept 25

International
1. Ryan Urban  2. Tony Gestro  3. Wayne Sproston  4. Warwick Dunn  5. Martijn Weiss  6. Teddy Bassick.

National

1. Nick Isaac  2. Steve Wilton  3. Daryl Currie  4. Cameron Dance  5. Chris Simmonds  6. Matt Wallace.

Rotax Max Light

1. Logan Boyde  2. Tony Kinsman  3. Keith Wilkinson  4. Lee Sefton  5. Jason Butterworth  6. Brendon White.

Rotax Max Heavy

1. Teddy Bassick  2. Thomas Batt  3. Caleb Hartley  4. David Odering  5. Mark Ongley  6. Sharn Connor

Open Grand Prix

1. 90. Ryan Urban (I); 2. 37. Alex Geary (I); 3. 8. Martijn Weiss (I); 4. 11. Steve Wilton (N); 5. 6. Cameron Dance (N); 6. 67. Warwick Dunn (I)

Rotax  Grand Prix
1. 3. Logan Boyde (L); 2. 7. Keith Wilkinson (L); 3. 81. Tony Kinsman (L) ; 4. 94. Caleb Hartley (H); 5. 93. Jason Butterworth (L); 6. 96. Teddy Bassick (H)   

 

Report from Nick Issac, KartSport SuperKart Drivers Club  


 

 
 






 


 

 

 
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