Champions Set to Clash In NZ

The battle of karting royalty roars back into action in the second round of the Toyota Gazoo Racing New Zealand ProKart Series at the exciting Porter Group Park track in Hamilton this weekend.

The series has been rejigged after the untimely intrusion of more covid concerns, with round three still to be advised and the final round now set for KartSport Rotorua on 18-19 June.

Hamilton will see another exciting battle in KZ2 with first round ProKart winner at Tokoroa, Daniel Bray up against the CIK Trophy of NZ champion Mathew Kinsman.

The pair still have a massive passion for the sport, and likely to produce more high-quality racing action.

While the two “elder statemen” from karting still pose the major threat, they will have some serious young guns snapping at their heals with Nathan Crang (Auckland) returned from competing at the latest round of the Australian championships in South Australia and Josh Parkinson, runner-up in the CIK Trophy of NZ and third in the series last year.


Josh Parkinson in action at the opening round of the Toyota Gazoo Racing ProKart series (pic – Sportsweb)

Watch out too for Wellington’s 21-year-old Rianna O’Meara-Hunt, who has achieved both internationally and in New Zealand, including the 2020 ROK Cup Vortex DVS series title, who is venturing north for the first time this season.

The Rotax Junior class is set for battle with 27 starters including a bunch of drivers who have been at the sharp end of racing this season including Hawkes Bay’s Tom Bewley, Auckland’s Emerson Vincent, Manawatu’s Kiahn Burt and Waikato’s Jay Urwin.

Fields for the Vortex Mini Rok class are also healthy where Marco Manson (Mt Wellington) and Christchurch’s Zac Tucker have been prominent.

The racing also includes small but strong fields in KZ4 and KZ2 Masters.

Tuning runs are from 9am and racing from 10am on Saturday and Sunday.