‘Nationals Level’ Entry for NZ Goldstar Round


Talk about pent-up demand to get back in their karts and race each other at a major regional meeting… The re-scheduled third round of this season’s WPKA Manawatu & TRC-sponsored 60th anniversary Goldstar Series meeting being hosted by the KartSport Hawke’s Bay club at their Carter’s Tyre Service Raceway at Roy’s Hill near Hastings next weekend (July 11-12) has attracted a record-shattering 170+ entries across 10 classes, and will be live-streamed across the world by leading contractor The Pits Media.

Zach Tucker was the Cadet ROK winner at the previous pre-COVID round (pic – Fast Company/Vicky Jack)

“We are certainly in for a stellar weekend,” WPKA President Chris Rooney, said this week. “Entry numbers are the highest in the history of the Goldstar Series and probably the highest in general terms for a race meeting in recent years.”

With the COVID-19 Lockdown effectively splitting the  2019/20 series in half, the organising committee initially postponed rather than cancelled both the third and final ‘Championships’ meetings, in the hope that the restrictions on gathering numbers and regional travel would eventually be lifted.

Which they were, and with clubs round the country free to run meetings at their own karts for the past three weekends, the Goldstar round at Hastings will be the first major regional meeting to be run here.


Riley Jack in Open class (pic – Fast Company/Vicky Jack)

As such it has attracted 170+ entries from as far south as Invercargill and as far north as Whangarei and – literally – all points in-between.

KartSport New Zealand set up a successful virtual competition using simulators to give its members something to do during – and now after – Lockdown. But organisation President Graeme Moore says it was never supposed to replace ‘the real thing.’

“As anyone – from your self-confessed weekend ‘clubbie’ to a guy at the absolute top of the car racing game like Scott Dixon or our current patron, Scott McLaughlin, will  tell you, in terms of motorsport bang-for-your-buck nothing compares with the rush you get racing a kart. And the proof, if you like, is in the entry they have received for the Goldstar meeting in Hawkes’ Bay next weekend.”

Jamie van den Berk DVS Senior at Wellington back in March (pic – Fast Company/Vicky Jack)

As well as points for the Goldstar Series itself, next weekend’s Hawke’s Bay round will also host the second round of this years’ ROK Cup NZL series for Vortex ROK-engined kart classes.


2019/20 Manawatu & TRC Toyota WPKA Goldstar Series


  • Rnd 1 Nov 23-24 2019 Todd Energy Raceway Waitara Taranaki
  • Rnd 2 March 07-08 2020 Gazley Motor Group Kart Raceway Kaitoke Wellington
  • Rnd 3 July 11-12 2020 Carter’s Tyres’ Raceway Roy’s Hill Hastings Hawke’s Bay
  • WPKA Championships August 01-02 2020 Manawatu Toyota Raceway Palmerston North Manawatu