Only New Zealand’s very best coaches have been selected for the KartSport ACADEMY. Professionally trained by full time Motorcross and KartSport coaching advisor Niki Urwin, the team is ready to share their skills and passion with you through intensive training sessions for drivers and crew.

Academy Head Coach: 
Gary Wilson

Academy Director:
Richard Moore

Tony Chambers
Bradley Alexander
Niki Urwin
Matthew Hamilton
Daniel Kinsman
Daniel Connor
Arie Hutton

Academy Head Coach - Gary Wilson

GaryWilson.gifCurrent Academy Coach Gary Wilson has been contracted as Head Coach and Co-ordinator since 2012. Gary has been a member of the Academy Coaching team since day one and brings wide and long experience to the role from being a successful mentor and pit crew in many classes stretching from Midgets/Cadets to SuperKarts.

Coach - Tony Chambers

TonyChambers-100.GIFName: Tony Chambers
Age: 29
Nickname: T
Heroes: My Mum
Favourite Race: 2003 Rotax Grand Finals, Sharm El Shiek, Egypt
Favourite Track: Gibley Raceway, Sharm El Shiek, Egypt
Years Karting: 20+

Originally from Hamilton and now based in Auckland, Mt Wellington is Tony's 'home' club. Tony is proprietor of Right Karts and during the time working at the shop has helped a lot of drivers at Rotax Grand Finals and other CIK events in Australia, Spain, Portugal, Hong Kong and the UK as well as assisting many karters locally, both customers and his opposition. Tony will in fact go out of his way to help any other karter. Tony is a former Head Coach of the ACADEMY.
Titles won :-
1997 NZ Junior Yamaha National champion
2001 North Island Rotax Max Light Sit-Up Road Race Champion
2002 North Island Rotax Light Champion
2006 NZ Rotax Max Light Champion
2010 NZ Open Champion

Overseas results :-
2000 Rotax Grand Finals Puerto Rico 9th
2002 Ford Australia Rotax Kartstars series 17th
2003 Rotax Grand Finals Egypt 7th
2005 Thailand 24 hour international race, Kiwi team 4th

Tony is really enjoying coaching at the Explore and Learn days and looking forward to future courses where he can pass on a lot of the valuable things he has learnt in 20 years of KartSport at the very highest level nationally and internationally.

Coach - Niki Urwin

NikiUrwin-100.GIFName: Niki Urwin
Age: 32
Nickname: Sticky
Heroes: Ricky Carmichael
Favourite Race: Nationals
Favourite Track: Wellington
Years Karting: 7+

Best karting tip: Dale Verrall once old me there is always 2 tenths left in the driver
Best racing memory: Holeshoting and leading my first SX main in Australia.
What I'd most like to improve on in karting: qualifying laps!

Coaching :-
Coach of Katherine Prumm- 2006, 2007 world womens motocross champion. 6 times NZ womens champion Vanessa Quin- 2004 world downhill mountain bike champion, 7 time NZ champion Nathan Rankin- 5 times nz downhill mountain bike champion.

Motocross :-
19 years racing motocross, two as a professional competing in Australia, Asia and Europe.
2001 New Zealand Supercross Champion.
2002 Australian Motocross Championship 4th.
6 New Zealand Motocross titles.
In 2002 I suffered a career ending accident at 23 years old. I was left a paraplegic.

Kartsport :-
In 2003 I was the first paraplegic to be given a KartSport license.
2004 New Zealand Kartsport Nationals Rotax Light 6th
2004 North Island Championship Rotax Light Qualified on pole
2005 Rotax Max Challenge 4th
2005 New Zealand KartSport Nationals Rotax Light 10th
2010 Competing as a member of the NZ team to Rotax Max Grand Finals in Italy

Other :-
1994 New Zealand Hobbie Cat Sailing Championship 2nd

Niki brings a unique set of skills to his role as Academy 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 ACADEMY as Head Coach and has set such a fine foundation of programs we can all benefit from. he remains as a key coach in our Development program and mentor while he spends more time with his International coaching duties for MX

As Niki says: "As a former professional motocross rider I understand the demands placed on athletes in the modern age. I have a real talent for working out the needs of individual athletes, and helping them to meet these through practice, preparation and skill development."

Coach - Bradley Alexander


Name: Brad Alexander
Age: 23
Nickname: None
Heroes: Still thinking
Favourite Race: Any Superkart meeting, you all should try it
Favourite Track: Marlborough
Years Karting: 17+

Best karting tip: if you don’t know, ask someone who does
Best racing memory: beating the lights at the North Island Roads

Titles won :-
2005 North Island Sprint Rotax Heavy Champion
2004 & 2005 North Island Superkart Rotax Heavy Champion
2003, 2004, 2005 Top Half Rotax Heavy Champion
2004, 2005 Rotax Heavy Series Champion
2004 2nd Rotax Heavy Nationals

Current coach of local guys and girls, nothing to serious but been getting some good results.

Coach - Matthew Hamilton

MattHamilton.gifName: Matthew Hamilton
Age: 27
Nickname: Matt
Heroes: My Father
Favourite Race: Anything major, ie. Nationals, Blossoms, Overseas competition
Favourite Track: Hamilton
Years Karting: 19+

Best karting tip: If you fail to prepare be prepared to fail.
Best racing memory: Winning the Lady Wigram trophy.

KartSport results:
2007 NZ Rotax Max Champion
2006 NZ Yamaha Light Champion
10 times NZ Sprint Champion in various classes

Other motorsport:
Competed in Formula Fords, Toyota Racing Series and Indy Pro Series.

Coach - Daniel Kinsman

D Kinsman head.jpg
Name: Daniel Kinsman
Age: 21
Nickname Dan, DK
Favourite Race: 2012 Australian Nationals Dubbo
Favourite Track: Portimao Portugal, in NZ Manawatu
Years Racing: 13
Best Tip: Don’t hide behind excuses!
Best Racing Memory: Competing at my first Rotax Grand Finals Event.
What I would to Improve: Qualifying overseas

4x NZ Champion
4x NI Champion
1st NZRMC (Series Champion and NZ Grand Finals representative) 2009, 2011, 2012.
2nd NZRMC (NZ Grand Finals Representative) 2013, 2014.
3rd Australian Nationals Rotax Light 2012 (started pre-final in grid position 40), 2nd 2013, 3rd 2014.
Graduate MSNZ Elite Academy 2011.

Academy Director - Richard Moore :

RichardMoore.jpgBox 37-916 Parnell Auckland 1051
Phone : 027 522 8220

Richard is on the Executive of KartSport New Zealand. Richard 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 is a successful touring car race driver and spends much of his time driver coaching for Downforce Ltd.



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