Karters from all over New Zealand – plus special guest driver Supercars Star Scott McLaughlin who is flying in from Australia – are making their way to Hamilton this week for KartSport New Zealand’s Porter Group-backed 2019 National Sprint Championship titles meeting over the Easter weekend.
The 3-day meeting, which this year is being hosted by the KartSport Hamilton club at Porter Group Raceway, is a staple on the New Zealand karting calendar and has attracted 160 entries over 8 classes.
The entry in the 125cc Rotax Max Heavy class of reigning Virgin Australia Supercars champion and runaway 2019 series points leader Scott McLaughlin has helped raise the profile of this year’s meeting already. However the 25-year-old Supercars series star is by no means the only kart-turned-car ace returning to the track where it all started to take on the current kart specialists this weekend.
Also returning to the track where he got his start on four wheels is Hamilton-born Chris van der Drift, the winner of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia title for the past two years and fresh from two wins from two starts at the opening round of the 2019 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series at Sepang in Malaysia.
The former multi-time New Zealand kart champion moved back to Hamilton (from Singapore) last year and has since set up a kart shop in the city, prompting his return to his racing roots which will see him run in the 125cc Rotax Max Light class.
Supercars Event Details
Saturday April 20th/Sunday April 21th
Supercars Event Timetable and Entry List is here: kartsport.org.nz