Armstrong Motor Group 2021 KartSport New Zealand National Sprint Championships
Thank You New Zealand & Thank You KartSport Canterbury
A huge thank you to the Canterbury volunteers, KartSport officials and everyone who worked so tirelessly to host the 2021 National Sprint Champs, one of the best on record. Fabulous southern hospitality, outstanding racing, exemplary sportsmanship and some state of the art new technology tools to make officials' lives easier and racing management more professional.
KartSport New Zealand was determined not to have another Nationals destroyed thanks to changing Alert Levels and with the Canterbury club's strong support operated on an "All in One Day" racing model not used since 2009 that ensured any such lockdown could be handled instantly. Competitors embraced the format and as always will soon get to evaluate it in the annual post-event survey.
Congratulations To All Competitors
The Southerners started the weekend in a winning way with Jacob Douglas taking out Vortex ROK DVS Junior and Henry Fisher bagging Cadet ROK on a wet and windy Friday.
Douglas again reigned supreme in Saturday's 125cc Rotax Max Junior and the Rotax DD2 class went to Clay Osborne from Morrinsville. Meanwhile, local champion Matthew Hamilton ended up runner-up in the Vortex ROK DVS class, despite doing everything possible to find a way past eventual class winner, Michael McCulloch, Waikanae, on the last lap of what turned into an all-action, edge-of-your-seat final.
Sunday and the 125cc Rotax Max Light class trophy winner was reigning South Island champion William Exton from Blenheim. 125cc Rotax Max Heavy class was won, for a second time, by Waikato ace Campbell Joyes. In the last race of the weekend, Christchurch's Zach Tucker dominated the Vortex Mini ROK class. Tucker was also awarded a trip to the ROK Cup Superfinal meeting in Italy later this year, where he will join fellow Vortex ROK class and title winners Jacob Douglas (Vortex ROK DVS Junior) and Michael McCulloch (Vortex ROK DVS), and Vortex ROK DVS class runner-up Matthew Hamilton.
Congratulations to the Manufacturers' Cup winner, Aluminos, represented in NZ by WKS Kartstore, Christchurch.