Aussie Invasion In Las Vegas

AKA press release

This week will see Las Vegas be invaded by a 11 of Australia’s top kart racers to compete in the 15th Annual Super Nationals event.

Held on a temporary circuit in the car park of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, the Australian contingent will battling for a share of the $120,000 in prizes on offer at the prestigious event.

Above: Matt Wall racing in last year's Supernationals
pic - AF Images/Budd

In the international KZ2 category, that features no less than four Australian drivers, competitors will be vying for a $20,000 purse – with an incredible $10,000 going to the winner.

After competing in last year’s event for the first time, 2010 CIK Stars of Karting Series Pro Gearbox (KZ2) Champion Matthew Wall (Sunbury, Vic) is looking to once again tackle the world’s best drivers at the event.

“It’s great to see so many Australian drivers heading over to compete in what I believe is one of the best karting events I’ve ever been to,” said Wall.

“Last year I was blown away by the magnitude of the event, this year I’m a lot more prepared and have shipped my own BRM chassis and engine over, which will hopefully help me get a top result as I know the equipment inside out.

“Hopefully we can match it with the world’s best and do Australia proud.”

Also competing in the KZ2 category is second-generation racer Macauley Jones. (Albury, NSW)  Over the past 12 months Jones has rapidly developed into one of the country’s top drivers, and is now always considered as a serious contender at every event he contests in Australia – now he’s ready to measure his skills against the world’s best.

Above: Macauley Jones (#14) will make his overseas debut this weekend
pic - AF Images/Budd

“I’m going over there without the highest of hopes but I’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.  The main aim for me is to get some good experience against some of the world’s best drivers,” said Jones.

“It will be a lot different than what I’m used to, going over to compete in America’s biggest race meetings will definitely be a massive learning curve.

“I’ve been watching the videos of those drivers who’ve raced there in the past, it is definitely hard to get a good reading off it.  The way the barriers were set up on a temporary track will be all foreign to me but it should be an awesome experience.”

Jordie Lindstrom (Greensborough, Vic) and Matthew Hunt (Geelong, Vic) will also be competing in the KZ2 ranks.

Also competing at the ‘SuperNats’ is David Kermond (Lugarno, NSW) who was due to compete last year before breaking his right wrist in a testing accident. Despite badly bruising his left wrist last month at the NSW Championships, Kermond will line up in the TaG Senior category – as will be Adam Levi (Edgewater, WA).

Five-time Australian champion Kip Foster (Langford, WA) will start as one of the favourites in the TaG Masters category where he will be joined by fellow Western Australian Bryce Watson (South Hedland, WA).

Above: Western Australian Kip Foster in action
pic - AF Images/Budd

The Kostecki brothers – Kurt and Jake (Dianella, WA) – will be competing in the TaG Junior and Cadet classes respectively. Craig Willis (North Perth, WA) has entered in the G1 class.

Practice will be held across Wednesday and Thursday with qualifying set to kick off on Friday ahead of racing on Saturday and the main events on Sunday.