|press release||16 November 2016|
Kiwi karters Daniel Bray and Matthew Hamilton are amongst the favourites in the S1 Pro Stock Moto class at the 20th annual Superkarts USA SuperNationals meeting in Las Vegas this weekend.
With top female driver Tiffany Chittenden, the pair are part of a trio of Kiwis contesting the meeting which starts today and ends on Sunday.
Above: Daniel Bray (#62) in action at last year's SKUSA SuperNationals (pic - Fast Company/Todd McCall)
Bray, from Auckland, is a former SuperKarts USA (SKUSA) Pro Tour champion and heads into the meeting second in this season's S1 Pro Stock Moto class points standings behind last year's SuperNationals class winner and current points leader Danny Formal from Costa Rica.
Christchurch driver Hamilton is a former S4 Masters class winner (2013) at the Las Vegas event, and earlier this year won the feature race at the big Streets of Lancaster street race meeting in California for a second time.
Both are contesting the S1 Pro Stock Moto class, Bray for the GP/VCI Mexico team, Hamilton for the California-based Aluminos outfit.
Above: Matthew Hamilton in Vegas last year (pic - Fast Company/Todd McCall)
Chittenden is also driving for the Aluminos squad, in her case in the S4 Masters class in which she finished the Final in 18th place at last year's event.
The annual five-day SuperNationals event is contested on a temporary circuit in the car park of the Las Vegas Convention Centre and is America's (and possibly the world's) biggest kart race meeting with over 500 entries over a number of gearbox-equipped and direct drive senior and junior classes.
Over the years the meeting has attracted some of the best kart - and car - racers in the world, including seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher, current F1 drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, and 2014 IndyCar champion Will Power.
Above: Tiffany Chittenden in her Aluminos last year (pic - Fast Company/Todd McCall)
This year's event is no different with current Force India F1 driver Sergio Perez from Mexico and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi contesting the KZ class where they will come up against recently crowned 2016 CIK-FIA KZ class world champion, Paolo de Conto from Italy, and 2016 title runner-up, Frenchman Anthony Abbasse.