The three Kiwi regulars contesting this year’s SP Tools Australian Kart Championship presented by Castrol Edge (AKC) – Ryan Wood and Rianna O’Meara-Hunt from Wellington, and Liam Sceats from Auckland – are in South Australia this week, preparing for the third (of five) round at the Monarto kart track near Murray Bridge over the weekend.
Wood ended up best of the Tasman-hopping Kiwi karters at the second round of the Australian series at Newcastle at the end of March with a 10th place finish in the Iame X30 class Final, leaving him 9th in the series points heading to Monarto.
Top female racer Rianna O’Meara-Hunt again struggled to find a workable chassis set-up because of all the lead she has to run to make up the Minimum All-Up Weight (MAW) of the Iame X30 class, qualifying back in 33rd place but making her way up the order to finish 29th (from P37) in the Final.
Auckland teenager Liam Sceats again showed good speed and race craft in the premier Junior category, KA2 (Vortex ROK DVS), only to dnf the Final. He is in 20th place in the class series points standings heading into the third round.
At least 275 karters from all over Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Sir Lanka have entered this weekend’s AKC round.
2019 SP Tools Australian Kart Championship presented by Castrol Edge – Calendar
Rnd 1: Ipswich QLD Feb 15-17
Rnd 2: Newcastle NSW March 29-31
Rnd 3: Monarto SA May 17-19
Rnd 4: Emerald NTH QLD July 19-21
Rnd 5: Todd Rd Melb VIC Aug 30-Sept 01