The Vortex engine-based ROK Cup New Zealand kart racing series is set to expand in 2020 with the addition of a Senior category joining the Junior class added last year, and the Vortex Mini ROK and Cadet ROK classes that have been going now for six years.
Little did top Auckland karter Josh Richmond’s parents realise what they were getting themselves into when, while on a family holiday on the Gold Coast, their then 11-year-old son had a go in a rental kart.
Like many technicians working for a large international team, Rickard Kaell, now 45, started in karting as a driver. In 2019, he took on new responsibilities as team manager of the Sauber Karting Academy.
For the past three years, Harry Thompson, now 15, has been one of the most dedicated drivers on the international scene in the OK-Junior and then OK categories, especially in the FIA Karting Championships. He’s now off to KZ.
The top Kiwi finisher at the 22nd SKUSA SuperNationals meeting last year, Matthew Hamilton, and fellow Christchurch karter Jacob Douglas, spearhead a seven-strong Kiwi squad at the 23rd annual running of the event that starts today in Las Vegas.