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BIG GUNS HEAD BUMPER PROKART ENTRY FOR HAMILTON FINAL

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The ‘Big Guns’ of New Zealand’s KZ2 category, including International KZ2 Super Cup runner-up Daniel Bray, head the largest entry this year at the final round of the 2018 Molecule ProKart Series in Hamilton this weekend. ...

PRESSURE IS ON ROTAX KARTERS AT HAMILTON THIS WEEKEND

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The pressure in on New Zealand’s Rotax Max category karters this weekend at the final ‘double-header’ round of the 2018 Giltrap Group New Zealand Rotax Max Challenge in Hamilton this weekend....

KIWI ROTAX KARTERS SAVE BEST UNTIL LAST AT TAILEM BEND

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

The Kiwis karters contesting this year’s Rotax Pro Tour across the Tasman definitely saved their best for last, with both Michael McCulloch (Rotax 125 Light) and Sebastian Manson (Mini Max) claiming breakthrough class round wins....

KIWI KARTERS TO REPRESENT AUSTRALIA? IT COULD HAPPEN THIS WEEKEND

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Could there be at least one – and possibly as many as three - Kiwis representing Australia at the Rotax Max Challenge’s annual Grand Final in Brazil later this year?...

SPARROW CLAIMS TOP HALF SERIES CASH AT R2

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Tuakau teenager Mitchell Sparrow is $500 better off after storming through the reverse grid Supreme Kart Supplies Vortex Mini ROK field to claim the feature Giltrap Group/Robert Cunningham Construction/Duffett Doors backed Dash-For-Cash race at the second round of this year’s Hampton Downs Top Half Series at Auckland on Sunday....

MITCHELL IS WORTHY JASON RICHARDS GP WINNER

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Christchurch karter Jacob Mitchell was a worthy winner of the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy after a dominant two days competing in the Rotax Max 125cc Light class at this year’s Mike Greer Homes-sponsored Jason Richards GP kart race meeting in Nelson over the weekend....

BRAY SECOND IN KZ2 SUPER CUP FINAL

Monday, 10 September 2018

Aucklander Daniel Bray (GP Karts/Alu Group/TM Racing/Le Cont) is the toast of New Zealand’s KartSport fraternity this morning after finished second to Italian Matteo Vigano (Tony Kart/Vortex/Le Cont) in the Final at this year’s CIK-FIA International KZ2 Super Cup title meeting at Genk in Belgium on Sunday....

AUCKLAND NEXT STOP ON TOP HALF KART SERIES’ CALENDAR

Friday, 7 September 2018

Over 100 keen kart racers from all over the upper North Island will descend on Auckland this weekend for the second round of this year’s Hampton Downs Top Half Series....

MEMORIAL JASON RICHARDS GP KART MEETING NOW IN FOURTH YEAR

Friday, 7 September 2018

This year’s Mike Greer Homes-sponsored Jason Richards GP kart race meeting this weekend will be the fourth such event the KartSport Nelson club has run in memory of former club member Jason Richards, the V8 Supercar driver who died of a rare form of cancer in 2011....

BRAY AND PAYNE IN BELGIUM THIS WEEKEND FOR KZ2 SUPER CUP

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Auckland karters Daniel Bray and Matthew Payne are at Genk in Belgium this weekend, contested the premier event on the CIK-FIA world karting calendar for the KZ2 class, the 2018 International KZ2 Super Cup....

GRAND PRIX CHARITY EVENT ‘MY WAY OF SAYING THANKS’ – SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

An all-new motor racing-based charity event planned for later in the year, the Scott McLaughlin Grand Prix, is the Kiwi Supercars ace’s way of giving something back to where it all started for him – KartSport....

SMYTH COMPLETES KZ2 CLASS RETURN WITH BIG BLOSSOM WINS

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Auckland KZ2 class driver Graeme Smyth completed his return to the country’s kart tracks in style over the weekend with class and Open GP race wins at the Carter’s Tyre Service 50th Blossom Festival Grand Prix meeting in Hawke’s Bay. ...

DRYSDALE SECOND AT AUSSIE KART CHAMPS FINAL

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Dylan Drysdale was again the top-performng Kiwi at the final round of this year’s SP Tools Australian Kart Championship presented by Castrol Edge at Melbourne’s Todd Rd track over the weekend, working his way forward from a P7 start to cross the finish line in the premier KZ2 class in second place. ...

KIWIS SET TO SHAKE UP AUSSIE FINAL THIS WEEKEND?

Friday, 31 August 2018

A six-strong squad of Kiwi karters led by now-Sydney-based former NZ champion Dylan Drysdale could well shake up their trans-Tasman counterparts at the final round of this year’s SP Tools Australian Kart Championship presented by Castrol Edge meeting at Melbourne’s Todd Rd track this weekend....

KARTERS HEAD TO ‘BAY TO CELEBRATE BLOSSOM

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Karters from all over New Zealand are heading to Hawke’s Bay this week to help the local KartSport club celebrate a significant milestone, the 50th anniversary of their annual two-day ‘Blossom’ sprint meeting....

BLACK THE BIG MOVER IN THE DEEP SOUTH

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Dunedin karter Arron Black was the big mover at the annual two-day/two-track Southern Series in Invercargill and Dunedin over the weekend....

BIG NAMES/NUMBERS FOR DOUBLE-HEADER IN THE DEEP SOUTH

Friday, 17 August 2018

Nationally-ranked South Island karters Chris Cox, William Exton and Louis Sharp spearhead an impressive 70+ entry for the second, double-header, round of this year’s Properly Plastered-backed Mainland Series at Invercargill and Dunedin this weekend....

MORE PODIUMS FOR KIWI ROTAX KARTERS IN AUSTRALIA

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Three resident Kiwi karters – Josh Hart and Jackson Rooney from Palmerston North, and Sebastian Manson from Auckland – claimed podium class finishes at the fifth round of this year’s Australian Rotax Pro Tour at Wodonga on the Victoria/New South Wales border on Sunday....

MORRIS IMPRESSES WITH DASH-FOR-CASH RACE WIN

Monday, 13 August 2018

Auckland teenager Breanna Morris put in one of the drives of Sunday’s opening Hampton Downs Top Half kart series rounds in Hamilton with an impressive win in the reverse grid Spartan Auto Dismantlers Junior Rotax class Dash for Cash race....

‘STEPPING STONE’ TOP HALF SERIES PROVES ITS WORTH

Friday, 10 August 2018

It’s Hampton Downs Top Half time again with over 130 keen karters from all over the North Island heading to Hamilton this weekend for the opening round of this year’s club-based series on Sunday....

KIWI ROTAX KARTERS HOPING FOR ANYTHING BUT RAIN IN AUSTRALIA

Thursday, 9 August 2018

The Kiwi karters contesting this year’s Australian Rotax Pro Tour are hoping for anything but rain at the fifth (and penultimate) round at Wodonga on the Victoria/New South Wales border this weekend....

BEWLEY BEST OF THE GOLDSTAR PRIZE WINNERS

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Young Hawke’s Bay karter Tom Bewley ended up the best of the three WPKA Goldstar series prize winners with a hard-fought 10th place finish in the Cadet 12 class at the Go Kart Club of Victoria’s 34th annual City of Melbourne title meeting in Australia last weekend....

RAIN-MASTER CONNOR DAVISON’S WINNING ROTAX SERIES RETURN

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Skipping the last double-header round of this year’s Giltrap Group New Zealand Rotax Max Challenge kart race series at Rotorua could just have been the best decision young Hamilton karter Connor Davison ever made....

TOP PROKARTERS MAKE LIGHT OF ‘RELENTLESS’ RAIN

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The country’s top KZ2 category karters made light of the heavy rain that washed over the Bay of Plenty over the weekend, with Jacob Cranston, Rhys Tinney and Aaron Wooley leading the charge at the fourth round of this years’ Molecule ProKart Series....

TOP AUSSIE JOINS ROTAX KARTERS AT TE PUKE THIS WEEKEND

Friday, 3 August 2018

Top Australian karter Jaiden Pope has flown in from Sydney this week to prepare for the sixth round of this year’s Giltrap Group New Zealand Rotax Max Challenge kart race series at Te Puke....

PROKARTERS ITCHING TO GET BACK ON TRACK AT TE PUKE

Thursday, 2 August 2018

The 2018 Molecule-backed ProKart series roars back into life at Te Puke this weekend with promotor Steve Brown one of the many drivers ‘itching’ to get back on track after a two-month ‘mid-winter’ break since the third round at Rotorua in May....

GOLDSTAR PRIZE WINNERS HEAD MELBOURNE ENTRY

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

WPKA Goldstar series prize winners Tom Bewley, Hayden Bakkerus and Blake Dowdall head a five-strong squad of Kiwi karters contesting the Kart Club of Victoria’s 34th annual City of Melbourne title meeting in Australia this weekend....

SUN SHINES ON DRYSDALE IN NORTHERN QUEENSLAND

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

The sun shone on top Kiwi karter Dylan Drysdale at the penultimate round of this year’s Australian Kart Championships at Emerald in northern Queensland’s Central Highlands district over the weekend....

ROK CUP WRAPS UP A BIG YEAR, 2019 WILL BE BIGGER!

Friday, 27 July 2018

Four young Kiwi ROK class karters – Tom Bewley from the Hawke’s Bay, Jacob Douglas from Christchurch, JacksonVortexROKCupwinnersltorTBewleyJDouglasJRooneyandRyanWood-1 (002).jpg Rooney from Palmerston North, and Ryan Wood from Wellington – have earned the right to travel to Italy in October this year to compete at the 2018 ROK Cup International meeting....

LONG TRIP TO NORTHERN QUEENSLAND FOR KIWI KARTERS

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Top-ranked Kiwi karters Dylan Drysdale and Rianna O-Meara-Hunt are hoping that the long trip to Emerald in northern Queensland’s Central Highlands district for the penultimate round of this year’s Australian Kart Championships this weekend will pay dividends....

WESTLAKE BOYS CLAIMS MAIDEN WIN AT SCHOOLS' CHAMPS

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Auckland’s Westlake Boys High School claimed its maiden Secondary Schools’ title at this year’s KartSport New Zealand Furnware National Schools' Championships meeting at Hastings on Saturday. ...

BRAY 12TH IN ITALY, 10TH IN EURO KZ2 TITLE FIGHT

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Kiwi kart international Daniel Bray enjoyed another strong weekend at the second (and final) round of this year’s CIK-FIA European KZ2 Championship meeting in Italy over the weekend, finishing 12th in the Final at the South Garda Karting circuit and 10th equal in the overall 2018 championship points standings....

YOUNG GUN PAYNE JOINS BRAY AT SECOND EURO KZ2 CHAMPS EVENT IN ITALY

Friday, 13 July 2018

Young gun, Matt Payne from Auckland steps up to the big time this weekend, joining established Kiwi kart international Daniel Bray at the second (and final) round of this year’s CIK-FIA European KZ2 Championship at the South Garda Karting circuit in Italy....

KARTERS HEAD TO HASTINGS FOR NZ SCHOOLS' CHAMPS

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

School-age karters from all over New Zealand are heading to Hawke’s Bay this week to prepare for this year’s KartSport New Zealand Furnware National Schools’ Championships 2018 meeting being held in Hastings on Saturday....

BRIGGS’ KARTERS TICK RACING AT INDIANAPOLIS OFF BUCKET LIST

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

There were seven very happy Kiwi Briggs LO206 category karters amongst the 350 drivers celebrating at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday evening after a very successful second USAC-sanctioned Battle at the Brickyard kart race meeting over the July 07-08 weekend....

ICONIC CIK TROPHY EVENT BACK IN 2019

Friday, 29 June 2018

Long a favourite with the country’s top level karters, the CIK Trophy of New Zealand meeting is back on the competition calendar in 2019, set to be hosted at one of its former homes, the KartSport Hamilton club’s Speedworks Raceway facility opposite the city’s airport over the January 19-20 weekend. ...

URBAN QUICK BUT UNLUCKY AT PHILLIP ISLAND

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Kiwi kart ace Ryan Urban was quick but unlucky at the opening round of this year’s Superkarts Australia National Series at Phillip Island over the June 23-24 weekend. ...

BETHUNE IS LATEST TO PODIUM AT PROTOUR ROUND

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Young gun Josh Bethune is the latest Kiwi karter to make a big impression at a round of Australia’s Rotax Pro Tour series, the 15-year-old battling for the lead and finishing a close second in the Rotax DD2 class Final at the fourth round in Sydney over the weekend....

KIWI SUPERKARTERS COULD LAP PHILLIP ISLAND QUICKER THAN A SUPERCAR

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Superkart racers Ryan Urban and Teddy Bassick could well return home from the opening round of this year’s Superkarts Australia National Series at Phillip Island this weekend having earned membership to a very special Kiwi club. ...

MORE KIWI KARTERS SEEKING AUSSIE ROTAX SUCCESS

Thursday, 21 June 2018

This weekend’s round of Australia’s 2018 Rotax Pro Tour series in Sydney will see 11 Kiwi karters competing, one of the largest groups ever to cross the Tasman to compete at either a Pro Tour (RPT) or Australian Kart Championship (AKC) round....

KIWI BRIGGS’ CLASS KARTERS OFF TO INDIANAPOLIS

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Few Kiwis get the chance to compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. ...

A B'UTE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GILTRAP GROUP

Thursday, 14 June 2018

One of the most active supporters of New Zealand’s top-level motorsport athletes, the Giltrap Group, has now turned its attention to fostering driver excellence where the best drivers get their start: KartSport. ...

DOUGLAS CONFIRMED AS 2018 NEW ZEALAND VORTEX MINI ROK CLASS CHAMPION

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

KartSport New Zealand announced this week that Christchurch driver Jacob Douglas has been confirmed as the winner of the 2018 New Zealand Vortex Mini ROK class title...

COX ON THE PODIUM TWICE AT SUNBELTS

Friday, 8 June 2018

Rangiora karter Chris Cox was back to his best at this year’s Insite-sponsored Sunbelts Sprint Championships meeting over Queen’s Birthday weekend, winning the Rotax Max Light class outright and finishing second to Blenheim ace Daniel Bugler in Open....

CRANSTON SIGNS OFF WITH ANOTHER CLEAN SWEEP AT WPKA CHAMPS

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Each year, karters who have been contesting the annual Wellington Provincial Karting Association (WPKA) Goldstar Series gather for one last linked but standalone ‘Championships’ meeting....

BIG SUNBELTS ENTRY BODES WELL FOR MAINLAND SERIES

Friday, 1 June 2018

A bumper entry from karters from all over the South Island (as well as some from the North) for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend’s two-day/two-track Sunbelts Sprint Championships meeting at Blenheim and Nelson bodes well for this year’s Mainland Series....

ROK CUP TO ADD SPICE TO WPKA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Each year, karters who have been contesting the annual Wellington Provincial Karting Association (WPKA) Goldstar Series gather for one last linked but standalone ‘Championships’ meeting....

FIGHTBACK DRIVE SEES DRYSDALE FOURTH AGAIN IN AUSTRALIA

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Dylan Drysdale was again the top Kiwi finisher at the latest (third) round of this year’s Australian Kart Championships at Newcastle over the weekend, the 19-year-old claiming his third consecutive fourth place with one of the drives of the meeting in the premier KZ2 class final....

WINNING RETURN FOR SINCLAIR AT ROTORUA

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Rain or shine, wet track or dry, it didn’t seem to matter to series returnee CJ Sinclair at the latest double-header round of this year’s Giltrap Group New Zealand Rotax Max Challenge, at the KartSport Rotorua club’s long, flowing Century Batteries International Raceway over the May 19-20 weekend....

WILD WEATHER TESTS KARTERS’S SKILL & RESOLVE

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Torrential rain and a streaming wet track on Saturday and a dry track but cool temperatures on Sunday tested both the skill and resolve of karters contesting the third round of this year’s Molecule-backed ProKart Series at Rotorua over the weekend....

 
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