Kart stars alongside championship hopefuls at Hampton Downs
This weekend’s championship motor racing at the Hampton Downs International Motorsport Park brings delivers a first with a karting category joining the top-tier Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship (CTFROC) internationals.
The fourth round of the 2024 Super Sprint MotorSport New Zealand Championship series, racing at the Waikato location features five competition categories and more than 100 teams.
Joining the schedule are Formula First, Pirelli Porsche and more than 60 cars in the TradeZone GTRNZ series.
For the Superkarters, the top-tier of motorsports entry level of karting, it’s a chance to see the next step of competition.
For the Formula First competitors, it’s a chance to show what the karters can graduate to.
“The good thing is there is a progression path from karts to Formula First, Formula Ford and then on to the Toyota category, and onward,” said Dennis Martin – talent coach and operator of the driving school that most of today’s top New Zealand drivers graduated from.
“First is about teaching them the patience of taking the steps through those categories.
“Jackson Culver is an example. He turned 12 just before the start of the summer series and joins us for the championship in Formula First.
“He’s coping really well.”
Culver had been racing in karts from aged six – and the freshly turned 12-year-old will be the youngest competitor at Hampton Downs, having just passed the minimum age threshold for a motorsport licence.
The youngster is expecting a visit from mentor Liam Lawson – a graduate of Dennis Martin’s Sabre Motorsport team.
Each of the category’s test on the Friday with qualifying and a first race on the Saturday.
Sunday has race action from 9:30am through to the 23-lap CTFROC race from 4pm in the afternoon.
Coverage is again televised live to Sky Sport (New Zealand), Fox Sports and Kayo (Australia), Pasifika TV and motorsports.tv.
Photo attached: This weekend’s round of Super Sprint Motorsport New Zealand Championship racing includes Formula First – alongside the Superkarts, being held at Hampton Downs 2-4 February. Photo: Tayler Burke
2023-2024 Calendar – Super Sprint MotorSport New Zealand Championship
R1 17-19 November 2023 - January 2023 – Taupō International Motorsport Park
R2 19-21 January 2024 - Taupō International Motorsport Park
R3 26-28 January 2024 - Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon, Feilding
R4 2-4 February 2024 - Hampton Downs Motorsport Park
R5 9-11 February 2024 – Euromarque Motorsport Park, Christchurch
R6 16-18 February 2024 – Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell – New Zealand Grand Prix
R7 15-17 March 2024 – Hampton Downs Motorsport Park
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