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NZ Superkart titles on the line this weekend

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KartSport New Zealand’s 2018 Superkart titles are on the line at Hampton Downs this weekend with one of the largest and most competitive International class fields in recent years set to lead the way.

Defending - and multi-time NZ Sprint and NZ Superkart - title holder Ryan Urban from Auckland remains the driver to beat. But this weekend he and former champ and perennial Internationals class rival Paul Dunlop - who hails from Clydevale (near Balclutha) in the Deep South - are being joined by five other drivers in pukka purpose-built lay-down 250cc Superkart machinery.

Included in that number is Teddy Bassick from Taupo, Steve Sharp from Pukekohe and Andrew Hall, Martijn Weiss and Rhys McKay from Auckland.

McKay could well be the dark horse this weekend. After retiring from a successful career in cars - which included winning the inaugural Nissan GT Cup one-make series and going on to race in the Battery Town Porsche GT Cup - he was attracted back to karts first by the resurgence in interest in the Vintage kart movement, then - after a one-off drive in one - by Superkarts.

All up the 2018 NZ Superkart title meeting has attracted 27 entries across four classes. The biggest grid amongst the three support classes is for the 6-speed/125cc KZ2 sprint class with 10 entries led by Superkart meeting regulars Nick Isaac from Taranaki and Chris Simmonds from Wellington, and including that of 15-year-old female driver Jordyn Wallace.

The other two support classes are for Rotax-engined karts with five entries each in Rotax DD2 and Rotax Light.

Superkart championship stalwart Brent Murgatroyd will be one of the drivers to watch in the Rotax DD2 class, while 2017 class title holder Tony Kinsman is back to defend his Rotax Max Light crown.

This weekend the Superkart championship races are being run in conjunction with the HRC’s annual 2K Cup Challenge meeting. Also on the programme are rounds of the 2K Cup, New Zealand Superlap (Time Attack), New Zealand Tranzam Challenge and NZ6/HQ series.

The Superkarts will be on track both days with practice and tuning runs on Saturday and qualifying and racing on Sunday.

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