Wellington karter Karl Wilson has set his sights on the Australian SuperKart Championship after claiming his third International class 2013SuperKartChampsKarlWilson-4.jpgtitle in as many years at the Racetech-backed 2013 New Zealand SuperKart Championship and Grand Prix meeting at Feilding's Manfeild circuit on Saturday.

"That's the plan," said the 28-year-old former sprint class title holder who qualified quickest and set the fastest race lap on his way to winning all four International class heats at the first major New Zealand karting meeting of the New Year. "We've been looking at doing the Aussie titles for a couple of years now and this year looks like it's going to be the year."

Though he admits it will be a tough ask taking on Australia's top SuperKart drivers on their home circuits (Sydney Motorsport Park and Phillip Island) Wilson is already highly rated in international karting circles having claimed an impressive debut win at the annual Superstars of Superkarts meeting at Laguna Seca in the United States in September last year.2013SuperKartChampsKarlWilson-Trophies.jpg

The International class title was one of four contested at this year's New Zealand championship meeting at the 3.033km Manfeild motor racing circuit. The others went to defending title holder Steve Wilton from Wellington (National), former Rotax Max Challenge sprint class winner and  New Zealand representative Josh Hart from Palmerston North (Rotax Max Light), and Aucklander Daniel Sayles (Rotax Max Heavy).

Wilson and Hart also won their respective 2013 New Zealand Grand Prix races, Wilson the International/National one from International class runner-up Robin Wooldridge (Whangarei) and former New Zealand Superkart champion Paul Dunlop (Clydevale), Hart the Rotax Max one from Faine Kahia (Rotorua) and Caleb Hartley (Auckland).

The annual SuperKart Championship meeting again attracted a strong entry from across the country with Wilson the obvious favourite but good depth in the premier International class field thanks to the entries of fellow category stalwarts Robin Wooldridge, Paul Dunlop, Tony Bowden and Tony Gestro.

Though both Gestro and Tony Bowden beat him to the line in the first heat, Wooldridge recovered to finish second behind Wilson in the2013SuperKartsNationalSteveWilton-1.jpg three other heats and the GP to end up second overall with Gestro third, Dunlop fourth and Bowden fifth.

After qualifying quickest in the National class, Steve Wilton went on to win the first three heats but conceded the fourth to eventual class runner-up, Hawke's Bay driver Matthew Waugh. Third after a busy day in which he also contested the Rotax Max Heavy class was Palmerston North's Darryl Currie.

Few drivers attempt to run two classes at a SuperKart meeting but Currie not only did it he claimed podium placings in both, finishing second to 2012 class runner-up and 2013 class winner Daniel Sayles in Rotax Max Heavy as well as third in National.

Rotax Max Light, meanwhile, was an all-Palmerston North affair, with Josh Hart - who has been racing and working as a race engineer in Europe for the past four years - qualifying quickest and winning the three heats he entered to add a road race title to the many sprint ones he has accumulated over the years. 2013SuperKartsRMLJoshHartleads-1.jpg

Faine Kahia qualified second and won the fourth heat but ended up third in the overall class standings behind Hart and former Junior class standout Josh Drysdale who qualified third but finished second -to either Hart or Kahia - in each heat.

The Racetech 2013 New Zealand SuperKart Championship and Grand Prix was organised by KartSport Wellington and run with the support of Racetech, Go Pro cameras, Wynns, ORG Raceware and MG Tyres.

CAPTIONS: Wellington driver Karl Wilson (#NZ) seen here leading Paul Dunlop (#15) and Robin Wooldridge (#22) on his way to claiming his third consecutive New Zealand SuperKart Championship title at Manfeild on Saturday (action shot) and with the spoils from his SuperKart International class and International/National Grand Prix wins (static). The National class title meanwhile went to Steve Wilton (#NZ single kart shot). Taupo's Teddy Bassick (#96), seen here leading Rotax Max Heavy class winner Daniel Sayles (#2).
 Photo credit: Fast Company/Hagen Hopkins

Racetech 2013 New Zealand SuperKart Championship and Grand Prix meeting Manfeild Feilding Sat Jan 05 2013

1. Karl Wilson 3 points; 2. Robin Wooldridge 6; 3. Tony Gestro 9; 4. Paul Dunlop 11; 5. Tony Bowden 14; 6. Allan Giles 15; 7. Dion Hubers 18; 8. Warwick Dunn 20; 9. Peter Baylis 27

1. Steve Wilton 3 points; 2. Matthew Waugh 5; 3. Darryl Currie 8; 4. Chris Simmonds 10; 5. Nick Isaac 15

Rotax Max Light
1. Josh Hart 3 points; 2. Josh Drysdale 6; 3. Faine Kahia 7; 4. Caleb Hartley 10; 5. Clayton Merz 14; 6. Peter Dicks 17; 7. John Bassick 18; 8. Ron Alexander 23

Rotax Max Heavy
1. Daniel Sayles 3 points; 2. Darryl Currie 8; 3. Henri Ham 11; 4. Karl Cameron 15; 5. Shaun Curran 16; 6. Teddy Bassick 6; 7. Peter Cottam 18; 8. Christopher Smart 24; 9. Darren Maguire 25

Open GP
1. Karl Wilson; 2. Robin Wooldridge; 3. Paul Dunlop; 4. Warwick Dunn; 5. Allan Giles; 6. Dion Hubers.

Rotax Max GP
1. Josh Hart; 2. Faine Kahia; 3. Caleb Hartley; 4. Teddy Bassick; 5. Peter Dicks; 6. Clayton Merz; 7. John Bassick; 8. Henri Ham; 9. Ron Alexander; 10. Karl Cameron; 11. Shaun Curran; 12. Christopher Smart; 13. Peter Cottam; 14. Josh Drysdale 10 Laps

Pommie Trophy (aggregate over Championship and Open GP positions for 250cc karts)
Karl Wilson

Manufacturers' Cup

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