Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Wilson Feels the Heat Still Bags Fourth Straight Title

KARTSPORT NEW ZEALAND
Media information 
For immediate release

* 2014 KartSport New Zealand SuperKart Championship event
Manfeild
Feilding
Sat Feb 01
2014

02-02-14

EVENT REVIEW
Wilson Feels the Heat But Still Bags His Fourth Straight Nz Superkart Title

On paper it was the perfect result - pole position in qualifying, four fastest race laps on the way to four heat race wins plus a runaway victory in the stand-alone Grand Prix race - but Wellington's Karl Wilson says winning his fourth straight New Zealand SuperKart Championship title on Saturday was no cakewalk

"It was definitely harder this year than the last couple," he said of his victory at KartSport New Zealand's annual SuperKart title and Grand Prix meeting at Feilding's Manfeild motor racing circuit. "The competition was a lot closer."

Wilson was one of four title winners at the meeting, claiming the International class from Wellington's Tony Gestro, Auckland's Andrew Hall and former National class title-holder Robin Wooldridge from Whangarei. He also again took home the coveted Pommie Trophy for the driver with the best finishing record across the heats and Int/Nat GP.

In the other classes, Chris Simmonds won the National class title from defending champion (and fellow Wellingtonian) Steve Wilton, teenager Josh Drysdale from Palmerston North won the Rotax Light title from Ben Thom and the Rotax GP race from Clayton Merz, while Daniel Sayles from Auckland came out on top in Rotax Max Heavy from Karl Cameron and David Odering.

This year's SuperKart title meeting attracted the biggest International class entry in recent years with Wilson setting the pace in qualifying but Aucklander Ryan Urban and Paul Dunlop from Clydevale (near Balclutcha) not far behind and only two-and-a-half seconds separating the top seven.

Both Urban and Dunlop ran into mechanical problems in the heats however, and their 3-7-9-9 (Urban) and 5-8-8-6 (Dunlop) results were no match for Wilson's 1-1-1-1 and eventual second place-getter Tony Gestro's 2-2-2-2.

That said, Dunlop managed to come back strongly in the stand-alone combined International/National class Grand Prix, finishing second to Wilson, explaining that his problems in the heats were all a result of a chain adjuster.

"It broke in the second heat and we fixed it but still had problems with the chain in the third. I'm very happy with our new engine though so we'll be back next year for sure."

Former New Zealand Schools Junior class champion and CIK Trophy of New Zealand KF3 winner Josh Drysdale enjoyed a Wilson-like run in the Rotax Light support class, qualifying on pole and winning all four heats as well as the combined Rotax Max Light/Heavy Grand Prix, the latter from fellow Light class drivers Clayton Merz and Ben Thom.

In Rotax Max Heavy, however, eventual winner Daniel Sayles from Auckland won only one of the heat races, and claimed the 2014 title by just one point from Karl Cameron with David Odering and quickest qualfier Brad Alexander just another point back and Alexander the first Heavy class competitor home in the combined Light/Heavy Grand Prix in fourth place.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Fringe Review: Rossum’s Universal Robots

Written in 1920 by Karel Capek in a newly independent Czechoslovakia, its prophetic tale of artificial intelligence, automata and human morality was initially a big hit, but it then vanished from view, in New Zealand at least, before being revived in Hamilton last year. More>>

SELECT FRINGE SHOWS:

Pictures Of Media: Call For Photographs For Reimagining Journalism

In August this year Freerange Press is launching its next big book. This time we are gathering the best writers and thinkers in the country to look at the changing media landscape in New Zealand. To illuminate and give voice to the writing we want to include around 25 excellent photos. We want these photos to document the different aspects of how journalism is made, how it used to be, and how it is changing. More>>

Safer Internet Day: Keeping Safe Online More Important Than Ever

Tuesday 9 February marks Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is designed to create awareness about the importance of Internet safety and encourages positive use of technology - with a strong focus on young people. More>>

ALSO:

We Have The Technology: Zephyrometer Up And Moving

“The needle’s stoppers had to be repaired because of the extra impact caused by the balance not being correct. We also added an extra 300kgs counter-balance – made from zinc coated steel triangle plates. These adjustments will now stop it bending low over the road in high winds.” More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Day: Treaty Of Waitangi - Found In Translation

To celebrate the Society of Translators and Interpreters's 30th anniversary, over 90 translators will work together to translate the English and Māori versions of the Treaty of Waitangi into 30 languages... More>>

ALSO:

Northland Development: Trust Applauds $4m Government Funding For Art Centre

Today's announcement of central government support, made by Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce, provides a key step forward in funding for Whangarei’s Hundertwasser Art Centre & Wairau Maori Art Gallery. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news