SuperKart Series, Round 4
Taupo, 29 July 2012
Taupo short track, was the venue for the KartSport SuperKart Drivers Club Series Round 4. A short, bumpy track, not favoured by the International karts, but good for the Rotax Max'ters and very fast in a 250 sprint chassis set up. Saturday practice was a beautiful fine, sunny affair, enjoyed by those attending.
Martin Weiss struggled with engine problems but all came right for what was to become a disastrous race day. A hole in the fuel tank cutting his weekend short after just 2 races.
Sunday dawned fine, but over cast and freezing. Just in time for race 1 the rain came down and it never let up all day. 27 karts braved the conditions, but stand out performer of the day was Bruce James driving a Tony Kart/ CR250. Bruce set the fastest lap times in 3 out of 4 races with spectacular driving. But he didn't make it easy for himself. He seemed to enjoy spinning in the mid field, doing 360's on the track and digging trenches in the dirt. Yet he still won 2 races outright and a 2nd in race 4 . A 5th placing in the first race, after a poor tyre decision, bumped his overall placing down to 2nd, such was the close competition put up by Steve Wilton. Steve put on another fine display, with smooth fast, consistant driving to claim 1st in class, and John McDonald come home 3rd overall in National class.
3 Internationals struggled in the wet conditions. Robin Wooldridge easily setting the pace, but unable to get all that power to the ground, in very trying circumstances. Robin showed us all what not to do in race 1, with a very high speed spectacular spin. Unable to see through the tyre spray in race 3, Robin called it quits, but still won the day, with Greg Smith 3 points behind in 2nd and Warwick Dunn, in the black Hurricane Concepts kart, 3rd overall.
17 Rotax Max karts fought long and hard all day. Rotax Heavy driver Daryl Currie the man to beat in race 1 with an easy win. Chris Simmonds, Dion Hubers and Henri Ham showing more consistancy throughout each race, producing a tight battle at the front all day. 1st in Rotax Max Light was Chris Simmonds, 2nd went to Dion Hubers, 3rd Chris Jensen.
Rotax light 1st place went to Henri Ham with 3 wins and a 2nd, Darryl Currie come home 2nd overall. Garth Lacey and Darren Maguire unable to be seperated on 15 points each in a 3rd place tie.
Thanks to the KartSport SuperKart Drivers Club for much appreciated free lunch time barbeque, and thanks to Ross Tait, and Officials for another well run event.
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