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

 


Hamilton Eyes More Wins in America This Weekend

Hamilton Eyes More Wins in America This Weekend


Kiwi karter Matthew Hamilton is eyeing more class wins this weekend at the second big SuperKarts USA (SKUSA) Pro Tour meeting of the year at Modesto in northern California.


The multi-time New Zealand champion from Christchurch had a winning start to his 2014 US campaign in Texas in May, claiming a first up class win on the first day of double-header round competition only to be forced out of the Final on the second day when a reed block on his kart's engine worked loose.


"Obviously having that bad race on the second day means this weekend is make-or-break if I want to beat the American number one Jordan Musser but the fact we are racing on an all-new street circuit will work in my favour," the 31-year-old said from California this morning."


The inaugural Pro Tour night round under lights in Modesto - a town made famous by the movie American Graffiti - is certainly a big deal with event and city officials creating a mini-festival around it on recently re-paved streets near the city's CBD.


“This is not your ordinary street race, throwing up hay bales and a few fences," Superkarts! USA CEO Tom Kutscher said earlier this week. “This is a complete racing facility that is being placed right in the heart of the city. We are talking well over a quarter of a million dollars invested into this project. (And) aside from the SuperNationals, this is the first opportunity that SKUSA racers will have to compete under the lights at night on city streets in front of true race fans. Any driver who wins this weekend will truly feel like an all-star. I can’t wait to see the karts hit the track on Friday.”


Hamilton, who this year is contesting the S4 Masters Stock Moto class for the California-based Aluminos team, will be one of two Kiwis competing, and three at the meeting.


Auckland Rotax category specialist and former Heavy class winner in the local Rotax Max Challenge, Aarron Cunningham, is keen to contest the SuperKarts USA Summernationals meeting in Las Vegas in November so has joined the Aluminos team to contest the TAG Masters class to get a feel for racing on temporary courses under lights.


"As such," says Cunningham, " I don't have any expectations other than I would hope to be competitive."


One thing all competitors will have to get used to is a lack of practice time with only four sessions per class on Friday before qualifying and heat races on Saturday and Sunday. Those - like Cunningham - who have not raced under lights on a temporary circuit will also have to quickly adapt to the variable light conditions.


"It's going to be all about who can pick up the track the quickest and which teams can work with all their drivers to find the best set-up and gearing to suit the tricky cambers and grip levels," says Hamilton. "The heat is also going to be a huge factor with temperatures reaching 39 degrees C most days here right now."


The third Kiwi at the event this weekend is former SuperKarts USA S1 class champion Daniel Bray. This year Bray's competition focus is on the KZ2 World Cup meeting in Europe later this year but the Aucklander, the GP Karts franchise holder in New Zealand, has accepted an offer to manage a GP Karts team from Mexico at the Modesto event.


The final double-header round of this year's SKUSA Pro Tour is at the annual SuperNationals meeting in Las Vegas between November 19 & 23.


Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Sheep: Shearing Record Smashed In Hawke’s Bay

Three shearers gathered from around New Zealand have smashed a World record by 264 sheep despite the heat, the pumiced sheep of inland Hawke’s Bay and a year’s wool weighing an average of over 3.5kg a sheep. More>>

ALSO:

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & The Velocity Of Being - Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a marriage breakup after Eddie sped away with Elizabeth Taylor. More>>

  • Image: Tracey Nearmy / EPA
  • Gordon Campbell: On The Best Albums Of 2016

    OK, I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle. Still…maybe there is an argument for making some semblance of narrative order out of a year that brought us Trump, Brexit and the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Alan Vega, who I missed just as much as the Big Three. So without further ado….oh, but first a word from the sponsor More>>

    Emojis: World’s First Māori Emoji App Launched

    It’s here - the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer roadtrips and santa stockings, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for people to share their kiwiana moments with each other and the world. More>>

    ALSO:

    Howard Davis: Album Of The Year - Van Morrison's 'Keep Me Singing'

    2016 was a grand year for Van The Man - The Belfast Cowboy turned 71, received a knighthood, and reissued an expanded set of soul-fired live recordings from 1973 ('It's Too Late to Stop Now'). In the game for 53 years now, Morrison's albums consistently open new windows into the heart and soul of one of the most enigmatic figures in modern music. More>>

    Review: The NZSO Performs Handel's Messiah

    Max Rashbrooke: Saturday night's performance took the piece back to something like the way it would have originally been performed when premiered in 1742, with an orchestra of 20-30 players and only a few more singers. More>>

    Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

    When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news