When young Tauranga karter Jay Urwin lines up on the grid today at the SuperKarts USA (SKUSA) SpringNationals meeting in Utah in the United States he will be the 19th Kiwi karter competing overseas this weekend.
That is an unprecedented number and shows just how far the sport has moved in New Zealand over the past 5-10 years.
Urwin is no stranger to competing off-shore either having raced in Australia as well as the United States.
This weekend he is racing for the Benik team in the Iame engine-based Mini Swift class against 32 other 9-13-year-olds from the US, Mexico, Canada, Colombia and France.
Elsewhere around the globe this weekend four Kiwis – Daniel Bray, Dylan Drysdale, Matthew Payne and Jacob Douglas – are competing at the opening round of this year’s FIA Karting European Championship – KZ2 & 2019 FIA Karting Academy Trophy Series at Wackersdorf in Germany.
Slightly closer to home, meanwhile, 14 Rotax category drivers including freshly-crowned KartSport New Zealand National Sprint champions Fynn Osborne (125cc Rotax Max Light) and Ryan Wood (Rotax DD2) are at Ipswich in Queensland contesting the third round of Australia’s Sparco Rotax Pro Tour.