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The KartSport New Zealand Driver Development ACADEMY has been designed to provide a set of programs and coaching clinics to assist all members from new entry through club day racers to aspiring and existing elite international level competitors. 

The Academy team consists of a top team of contracted KartSport New Zealand Accredited Coaches, all of whom have had to meet strict accreditation criteria including a solid background in coaching of karters and participated in KartSport New Zealand coaching workshops. Many of the Coaches also have a distinguished history of competition in the sport.

The revamp of the Academy in August 2017 now enables a more convenient and enhanced coaching model to better suit both the pupil and the Coach, plus Accredited Coaches can now help fast track Competition Licence rating upgrades by assessing competitors and stamping Licences as part of the rating process (see below).

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Accredited Coaches can provide two formal curriculum courses:


Designed for relatively new members of all classes who have entered a minimum of 3 events and are looking to take that next step up in terms of setup and driver knowledge.  A crew member for non-senior age group drivers is strongly recomended. The crew member will be encouraged to take an active part in the training day especially with regards to kart preparation and set up procedures.


Designed for Tier 2 rated drivers who are wanting to find that last few tenths, enhance their race craft and progress to a Tier 1 Competition Licence ready for Championship competition.  

Custom Designed

Accredited Coaches can also provide a wide range of custom designed coaching including one on one on-track coaching, Coach to driver radio communication while on-track, general fitness training, nutrition advice and karting career advice.


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Contact one of the Accredited Coaching Team below:

Academy Director - Richard Moore

Richard is an Executive member of KartSport New Zealand. He has competed in many classes from Cadet to Open (NZ Sprint Champion 2009) and represented New Zealand the 2006 Rotax Grand Finals in Portugal. Richard also has a lengthy tin-top career including a successful touring car stint as a driver for M3 Racing Supertourers team and is now 100% occupied as event manager & driver coach for Downforce Auto Events & Training

 Mobile: 021 834 820  Email: ra.moore@gmail.com  

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Niki brings a unique set of skills to his role as Head Coach being both a competitor and an experienced coach, the latter the result of work he did with Motorcycling New Zealand's coaching programme between 1997 and 2005. On top of which Niki of course is the man who kick started the KartSport ACADEMY and has set such a fine foundation of programs we can all benefit from.




Tiffany Chittenden - Canterbury
daniel connor - auckland
Chris Cox - Canterbury
Lance Fisher - Rotorua
Matthew Hamilton - canterbury
Joshua Hart  - manawatu
Arie Hutton - Manawatu
Ryan Urban - Auckland
Gary Wilson - Canterbury




Here's what past graduates of the courses have said:

“The KartSport Academy helped me improve and got me to the top level and I have since won 4 national Titles. I strongly recommend for everyone to do this!"

"Worth every cent, every bit  of the day was beneficial in some way or another” 

“The coaches were knowledgeable and really supportive, they found time to give everyone personal attention. The blend of theory and track time was spot on”

“I know that I'll be faster because I've attended this course”

“I have learnt as much if not more than my driver”

"I was in the group with Tony Chambers and at the end of the day took 0.6 seconds off my best time around the track"

“Worth every cent, every bit of the day was beneficial in some way or another”

>>> Read more feedback here

Click here to read what New Zealand's 2003 FIA/CIK World Karting Champion and KartSport ACADEMY Patron, Wade Cunningham, says about the ACADEMY.

Get ahead of of the pack, book a Coach for one of KartSport’s official “Explore and Learn” ACADEMY driver development courses. Only New Zealand’s very best coaches have been selected, most have championship winning status, have competed at the highest level nationally and many excelled in the heat of international challenges. The coaching team is ready to share their skills and passion with you and your crew.


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