Palmerston North Boys High School claimed a record-extending sixth Secondary Schools’ title at the Supreme Kart Supplies KartSport New Zealand National Schools’ Championships in Blenheim on Saturday.
Students from the school first claimed the premier Secondary title in 2005, then again in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and now 2017. It is a record unmatched by any other school with only two others over the 15 years the annual event has been running having won the title more than once, Auckland’s St Kentigern College (2004 & 2007) and Christchurch’s St Andrew’s College (2008 & 2009).
This year the title was successfully defended by students Jacob Cranston, the winner of the 125cc Rotax Max Light class, Jackson Rooney who claimed runner-up spots in both the Rotax Max Junior and Junior 100cc Yamaha classes, and Riley Jack who finished 12th in Rotax Max Junior.
There is a new name, meanwhile, on the Primary/Intermediate Schools trophy, that award going this year to Havelock North’s Te Mata School/Havelock North Intermediate. The Bewley brothers, Tom and Harry won the title for their school with second spot in Cadet ROK (Tom) and 14th in Vortex Mini ROK (Harry).
The 15th annual KartSport New Zealand National Schools’ Championships event was hosted this year by the KartSport Marlborough club and Marlborough Boys’ College and held in cool, but dry conditions at the club’s track, Cresswell Electrical Kart Raceway off the Wither Rd Extension, in Blenheim.
This year there were 68 entries representing eight secondary schools and four primary/intermediate ones.
Individual class titles went to Jacob Cranston (Palmerston North, 125cc Rotax Max Light), Sam Wright (Auckland Rotax Max Junior), William Exton (Picton, Junior 100cc Yamaha), Emerson Vincent (Pukekohe, Vortex Mini ROK), and Louis Sharp (Christchurch, Cadet ROK).
This year the Bruce McLaren KartSport awards went to Jacob Cranston from Palmerston North Boys High School and Sam Wright from St Kentigern College in Auckland.
The 2017 Schools’ event also hosted the final round of the ROK Cup New Zealand.
ROK Cup New Zealand is a multi-round series for young drivers contesting either Vortex ROK-engined class, Cadet ROK (for 6-11 year-olds) or Vortex Mini ROK (for those 9 to 12).
The first and second placed competitors in the Vortex Mini ROK class earn entry to the annual ROK Cup International Finals meeting in Italy later this year while the overall series winner in the Cadet ROK class gets a brand new Vortex Mini ROK engine.
Levin’s Logan Manson successfully defended his series lead to claim the class win and with it trip to Italy for the Finals meeting in October where he will be joined by series’ runner-up Asten Addy from Hamilton.
Reigning South Island and New Zealand champion Louis Sharp from Christchurch made it a title trifecta in the Cadet ROK class, winning every race he started to add the NZ Schools title to his Island and National pair, and take the series prize of a brand new Vortex ROK engine.