Jonathan Buxeda and Jackson Rooney impressed with their speed and adaptability at the opening (double header) rounds of this year’s Giltrap Group New Zealand Rotax Max Challenge kart series at Palmerston North over the weekend.
With 114 entries, racing season roared back into action for the GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge series opener on Saturday. Round One began the 12-Round club championship series at GoPro Motorplex’s 0.7-mile track in Mooresville, N.C. Although a heavy drizzle created an official “Rain Race” event, competitors were able to prove their skill in adverse track conditions and those with rain racing prowess shined.
A stellar field of 20 karts took part in the Five4 Engineering Round 1 of the SEKNSW 2018 Championship in the most grueling event on the calendar – 9 hours of racing through the night with the chequered flag falling as most people are rising from a good nights sleep. With entry numbers rising, the start of the 2018 has 4 new teams joining the newly handicapped Sportsman Class and all of the front running teams returning to take outright glory in the MAXX class.
Kiwi karting international Daniel Bray got his 2018 Molecule ProKart Series campaign off to the best possible start at the opening round at the annual TRC Toyota Levin Trans-Tasman kart race meeting in Palmerston North over the weekend. Aucklander Bray was at his dominant best in the premier Lascom Motorsport KZ2 class, qualifying quickest before winning the three heat races, and both the Pre-Final and Final very much as he liked.
British driver Ben Hanley, driving the new Drago Corse chassis, took his fourth victory at the Winter Cup on the weekend. Hanley beat home Anthony Abbasse (Sodikart-TM) and Fabian Federer (CRG-TM) in a mammoth 94-kart KZ2 field. Of the three Australians competing, James Wharton and Joshua Fife both made their Finals.
Mackay Kart Club has kicked off 2018 with the Burridge Family Memorial on Saturday. This first race meeting for the year always has a special focus on the juniors, as it is run as a memorial to Mark Burridge (a Mackay Kart Club Junior driver) his sister and parents, who all died in a tragic car accident on Australia Day 2011. Mark was passionate about kart racing and had travelled with his family to many tracks in Queensland. It was a great loss for the Club and the Sarina community where they lived.
Rotax Pro Tour round 1 is done. Here's the official Finals day report and photos from a scorching Todd Rd
Alice Buckley was awarded the Nicole Franks Memorial Trophy at the 2018 edition of the Ladies Cup event at Lithgow.