Entries from the likes of top former karter and more recently NZ V8 Ute champion Richard Moore from Auckland, and top current sprint karter Rianna O’Meara-Hunt from Wellington, have boosted both numbers and interest in the fifth round of the KartSport NZ Superkart Drivers’ Club’s 2019 Hansen Products Tri 500 series at Feilding’s Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon on Saturday.
All-up seven karters have signed up to experience racing a kart on a full-size motor racing circuit for the first time, with four – Tony Barrington, Daniel Tupe, Troy Langley and Brenden Hills – running in the 125cc Rotax Max Heavy class, and a fifth – car racer Ben Falepau – set to run in Rotax DD2.
O’Meara-Hunt, one of the top female karters in New Zealand and Australia at the moment, will run in 125cc Rotax Max Light, where she will come up against current class pace-setter Braeden Snowden from Whangarei.
Richard Moore, meanwhile, will be behind the wheel of a pukka Superkart, the Tony Bowden prepared and run BM Fabrications machine in the International class.
With interest in the International class increasing in recent years there will be 8 late model machines on the grid on Saturday. Heading the list is class king Ryan Urban while set to take the battle to the multi-time New Zealand Sprint and Superkart title holder are Hansen Products Tri 500 series regulars Steve Sharpe, Andrew Hall, Rhys McKay and Marty Weiss. Category stalwart Teddy Bassick will also be back in his Superkart after a recent dalliance with the Rotax Heavy class.
Four classes will be contested at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon on Saturday, International for pukka lay-down wings-and-slicks-equipped Superkarts, and KZ2, Rotax DD2 and Rotax Max Light and Rotax Max Heavy for lightly modified (gearing and bodywork mainly) sprint karts.