New Team Manager & Driver at Patrizicorse

Patrizicorse has appointed a new Team Manager for 2019 and signed a fast young Kiwi to race Ricciardo Kart in the Australian Kart Championship.

“2019 sees me step aside from a one-on-one mechanic into role of team manager on race weekends to give more technical and product support to our race team and also our customer base” said newly appointed Technical and Team Manager, Trent Mercer.

“The 2019 karting season is shaping up to be both exciting and challenging and I’m really looking forward to getting started – this time in a slightly different role but none the less with the same passion and love for the sport of karting of which we give countless hours to.”

Young Kiwi Ryan Wood will join forces with Patrizicorse for an assault on the 2019 Australian Karting championship aboard Ricciardo Kart.

Ryan Wood at the Rotax Grand Finals

After some impressive results over the last two seasons, not only in New Zealand but also internationally where more recently he qualified 3rd in the DD2 class at the Rotax Grand Finals and was challenging for victory in the final.

“The addition of young kiwi flyer Ryan Wood to our race team in X30 is an exciting prospect, and we can’t wait to get underway to mix with the best. Ryan has shown he has what it takes to run with the best as he has from juniors to now recently stepping up to seniors with instant impact at the Rotax Grand Final in Brazil, running in the top 5 consistently.”

“I am excited to finally announce that I will be driving for Australia’s most professional kart racing team Patrizicorse representing the Ricciardo Kart brand” Wood said.

“It’s an honour to follow in the foot steps of some of the most talented drivers whom have done so before me including Marijn Kremers, Troy Loeskow and Dylan Drysdale who have all been able to achieve so much under the Patrizicorse umbrella.

“I have always known the team and the equipment is up there with the best in the world, with the exciting opportunity that if I do everything right I could be selected to represent Patrizicorse/Ricciardo Kart at the 2019 Richard Mille driver academy shoot out in France. This really provides me with an opportunity to progress in motorsport where maybe I would never have been able to.

“The X30 championship in Australia is tough, but it’s not something I worry about. I believe in my ability and I believe in the team and its equipment. Let’s see how we go” he added.

“The addition of Ryan into our team for the AKC in 2019 is a great addition” Team Owner Michael Patrizi said.

“The lure of the Richard Mille Driver academy shootout provides all these young drivers a huge opportunity in motorsport. It is something a lot more should really consider, something Australian drivers normally have no access to.

“It’s great that Ryan, arguably one of the hottest talents on the market, sees this and has jumped on board so he can potentially have the opportunity to represent us in November.

“With Trent’s new role as Team Manager, it represents our next step in our expansion and management of our growing and evolving business. Over the years it’s clear to me that Trent is the right person for this job. He represents us with the utmost professionalism and I feel technically he is one of the best.”

2019 AUSTRALIAN KART CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:

Round 1 – February 15-17, 2019
Venue: Ipswich, Queensland
Round 2 – March 29-31, 2019
Venue: Newcastle, New South Wales
Round 3 – May 17-19, 2019
Venue: Monarto, South Australia
Round 4 – July 19-21, 2019
Venue: Emerald, Queensland
Round 5 – August 30 – September 1
Venue: Todd Road, Victoria

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