Urwin To Defend National Title

Jay Urwin, the 15-year-old prodigy from Matamata, New Zealand, is gearing up to defend his title at the upcoming Kartsport New Zealand National Championships in Blenheim this weekend, March 29-31.

Last year, at just 14 years old, Jay made history by dominating the KZ2 Shifter class. This names him the youngest karting champion in open competition, in New Zealand sporting history.  

In February, Jay delivered another commanding performance, winning the 2024 New Zealand Karting Grand Prix in Hamilton. He competed against some of New Zealand’s top KZ2 drivers, including Liam Lawson, Formula 1 Red Bull reserve driver. 

Jay’s most recent success came at the SuperKarts USA ProTour in Orlando, Florida, on 10 March. Taking bronze among 26 of the most talented kart drivers from around the world, Jay is ready to showcase his skills once again on the national stage. 


Reflecting on his experience in the USA, “Orlando was a fantastic start to the season,” Jay remarked. “Securing third place in the final was a significant improvement from last year, but as a competitor, you always strive for more. Racing alongside my new teammate and World Champion, Matheus Morgatto, was an incredible experience.”

About: Jay Urwin is a 15-year-old student living in Matamata, New Zealand. Key achievements include the 2019 Rotax Grand Finals World Champion Micro Max, Italy (Age 11) and the 2023 KZ2 NZ Champion (Youngest ever senior champion, age 14). As a member of the Tokoroa Kart Club and a pro driver for PSL Karting, Jay’s passion for karting knows no bounds as he sets his sights on a professional motor racing career.