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Hill's mega drive to 3nz

Hill's mega drive to 3nz


Every year over Easter weekend, over 170 of the best kart racers from all over the country gather to attend the Kartsport New Zealand Sprint National Championships. This year the nationals were hosted at kartsport Hamilton which seen some very close racing across 9 different classes.

Nelson's Bo Hill was competing in the Cadet Rok class and this was his very first time at the national event. Hill's weekend didn't get off to a very good start after qualifying in 13th position on Good Friday. His crew did although find a issue with the engine when they were preparing the kart for Sundays racing.

Hill managed to pull off a couple of spots in the first two 8 lap heat races to finish 10th and 9th. After a disappointing 12 lap pre-final Hill dropped back to 11th and his chances of a podium finish were not looking good. The team regrouped and made some changes for the 18 lap final.

Hill had to start the final from 11th on the grid, and this was one of the best drives of the weekend Hill just started picking off the other drivers one by one and by lap 10 he made the pass into 3rd. But by this time the gap to Auckland drivers Mason Potter and Kaden Probst who were battling hard for the lead was just to big for Hill to catch up. Potter made the pass on Probst on the second to last lap to win the Cadet Rok Championship, Probst and Hill rounded out the podium.

Nelson's Matt Butchart and Kevin Barker also attended the National Championship in the Rotax Heavy class. Butchart and Barker were both disappointed with their qualifying positions after being held up in traffic, Butchart 8th and Barker 12th.

Butchart's first heat only lasted two laps when he was taken out by another driver and didn't finish, but Barker managed to move up from 12th to finish 7th. Heat two the pair both finished inside the top 10 which put Barker off 7th and Butchart 12th for the pre-final. A setup change and on track incident seen Barker fall all the way back to 15th and Butchart managed to move up four positions to finish 8th.

No-one could catch the local Hamilton driver of Campbell Joyes though as he won all of the heat races, pre-final and final to become the new national Rotax Heavy champion. The Australian Lane Moore finished second and Simon Hunter of Christchurch 3rd. Butchart and Barker finished 8th and 13th respectively.

Photo Credit - Emilee Jane Photography