Preview: NZ Schools’ Championship

After a COVID-19-enforced break last year, KartSport New Zealand’s National Schools’ Championship is back on the calendar this year, with over 100 school-age karters from all over the country heading to Tokoroa this week to prepare for what will be the 18th running of the popular event and represent their school at the local KartSport club’s Stihl Shop Tokoroa kart track on Saturday.

The McFall Fuel supported event, sanctioned by School Sport NZ, is being hosted by the KartSport Tokoroa club in conjunction with Cambridge High School.

Reigning NZ sprint champion Zach Tucker (Vortex Mini ROK (pic – Fast Company/Emilee Jane Photography)

As one of the most popular and well supported ‘National’ events on the sport’s calendar, it has attracted 103 entries across six different classes representing schools from Whangarei in the north to Mosgiel in the south.


A special feature of the annual Schools’ event are the Bruce McLaren KartSport Awards presented in association with the Bruce McLaren Trust. Each year two awards are presented to the winners of the two biggest classes.

Rotax Max Light champion William Exton (pic – Fast Company/Emilee Jane Photography)

This year the annual schools’ event is also offering karters contesting the Vortex Mini ROK and Vortex ROK DVS Junior classes two special prizes; the winner of each class earns an entry to the 2021 ROK Cup Superfinal meeting in Italy in October and $2,000 each from the KartSport NZ/Lascom Motorsport/Dunlop International travel fund.

Henry Fisher, Cadet ROK (pic – Fast Company/Emilee Jane Photography)