SuperKart Series, Round 5
Taupo, 26 August 2012
The weather gods were a little friendlier for Round 5 of the KartSport Superkart Drivers Series, held at Taupo short track, 26th August. Clear, somewhat overcast skies, but not a drop of rain in sight.
23 Karts braved the start, Only 3 Internationals, 7 250 Nationals, and 13 Rotax Maxters.
International was dominated by Robin Woolridge in his very quick PVP Twin. 4 wins from 4 starts. Warwick Dunn, while struggling with the starts, finished 2nd in class and Steve Crossland suffering mechanical issues came home 3rd for the day.
National class was dominated by NZ champ Steve Wilton with 3 wins from 4 starts and Tony Gestro with 3 seconds from 4 starts. John McDonald and new comer Harrison Lingerd had an awesome bumper to bumper battle in race 4, swapping the lead on numerous occassions. With 3 corners to go on the last lap, Harrison relinguished the lead to John and was unable to take it back. Both drivers entered the pits smiling but totally exhausted.
Bruce James while dominant at Taupo in Round 4, suffered a host of mechanical problems. In race 1 the race gods took a dislike to his beautiful new rear wing and tossed it into the infield where it exploded into smithereens.
Faine Kahia, first time ever on a road race circuit showed the other Rotax Light drivers the fastest way around Taupo circuit. 3 wins and a second ( only lost by 1/2 a kart length). Together with Chris Simmonds, Caleb Hartley (only 2nd road race meeting) and Dion Hubers, these 4 karters could not be seperated by more than the thickness of your credit card, race after race, lap after lap. Very clean, very close, spectacular racing. If you currently race Rotax Max get into some road racing, you really don't know what you are missing.
Rotax Max Heavy was another closely fought battle. Henri Ham and Darryl Currie finishing 1st place equal with 2 wins and 2 seconds each. Darryl having a much better weekend than in round 4. Darren Maguire second with 3 consistant 3rd places and Chris Smart third for the day.
Thanks KartSport SuperKart Drivers Club for the free lunch time barbeque.
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Next round is at Hampton Downs 30th September. Get your karts out and be there or be square. Hampton is the best drivers track in the North Island, you don't want to miss it. There may also be some surprise give aways up for grabs.
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