Hutton Bounces Back In the Bay
After a frustrating NZ Sprint Championships at Easter, 15 year old King’s College student, Arie Hutton bounced back with a strong performance at Round 3 of the televised Mi Sedaap ProKart Series contested in Bay of Plenty on 1-2 May.
Arie’s note book:
Quality Inn Napier 2010 KartSport New Zealand Sprint Championships
“With assistance from Tony Kart NZ we ran two identical Super Freight supported EVR chassis, my normal chassis in Junior 100cc Yamaha and a new one in KF3. Both were quick in testing and we were looking forward to some good results especially as the rubber went down as this normally favours our set up. Unfortunately we had a few technical issues which affected our final results.
In Yamaha we qualified 2nd, won Heat 1, were 2nd in Heat 2 and in a strong 2nd,with fastest lap time, in the Pre Final when the spark plug lead came off with 3 laps to go resulting in a DNF. From grid 23 back to 5th was all we could manage in the 22 lap Final, setting a new lap record of 33.269 on lap 9.
In KF3 we qualified 3rd, won Heat 1, were 2nd in Heat 2, won the Pre Final and then faded to 4th in the Final. It was not until we got home that we discovered we had been racing with a bent front right tie rod following an incident in Heat 2 and a broken reed valve which had progressively reduced our engine performance as the day progressed. However it was great to see my Tony Kart/Vortex team mate, Jackson Delamont from Australia, take out the title.”
Round 3 Mi Sedaap ProKart Series.
“Bay of Plenty is a difficult track to gear for with the slow uphill section and a fast downhill straight. The KF3 rev limiter gets to work overtime down the hill! Back to my normal Super Freight EVR chassis which had the Yamaha on it at the Nationals. The chassis and Vortex engine were very strong all weekend and we qualified on pole and won all three Heats and the Pre Final (setting a lap record). Unfortunately things got a bit tight on the way down to turn one of the Final and we crashed out along with a number of other karts. Despite a badly bent steering shaft and bent stub axle, and with the steering wheel at a strange angle down the straights, we recovered from 10th back to 3rd setting fastest lap of the race and placing well enough to win the Round on points. This 14 month old chassis has now set lap records at three of its last five events.”
Round 3 Mi Sedaap 2010 PROKART Series
KF3 Results Round Points Series Points
1st Arie Hutton Tony Kart/Vortex/Bridgestone 111 323 2nd
2nd Bradley Hicks Maranello/Maxter/Bridgestone 107 326 1st
3rd Paul Blomqvist Maranello/Maxter/Bridgestone 105 314 3rd
The Quality Inn Napier NZ Sprint Championships will screen on SkySport later in May and the Mi Sedaap ProKart Series will screen on TV1 later in the year.