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by Fast Company/Ross MacKay  


2005 NZ Cadet Kart Champion, Arie Hutton, has added a second National title to his karting achievements.

On Easter Sunday the 12-year-old King's School, Remuera, Auckland pupil won the tightly contested Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha class at the KartSport New Zealand National Sprint Championships contested at Palmerston North's Manawatu Toyota Raceway. Twenty four of the country's top 10-14 year old karters contested the Championship on the 933m circuit in fine conditions.

Arie's results at the Manawatu Toyota 2007 KartSport New Zealand National Sprint Championships presented by the Toyota Racing Series were:

Qualifying: 2nd 48.553 seconds (Pole: Scott Manson 48.501)
Heat 1: 10 laps 1st
Heat 2: 10 laps 2nd
Pre Final: 14 laps 1st
Final: 16 laps 1st

2007 National Sprint Championships Supreme Engines Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha class Final Result:

1. Arie Hutton 16 laps
2. Daniel Kinsman +0.407 seconds (new track record 48.282)
3. Bramwell King +2.199

Commenting on the event Arie said: "The event didn't get off to a very good start for us. After the first Round of the Top Half Series at Tokoroa on 10 March we discovered a problem with an old head stud insert on our number 1 engine. Despite the best efforts of Stuart Park, who worked on the engine until the day before qualifying, it could not be fixed in time. We also had exhaust studs pull out on two other engines on Wednesday, however these were fixed by Stuart and Maurice Frost on Wednesday night. Fortunately we had borrowed an engine from Owen Evans to test at the recent Manawatu Night event so had the use of this engine again. We were close to the pace on Thursday and the data indicated our best set up was capable of a 48.5 second lap.

The first qualifying session went well and I was fastest by one tenth however in the second session I initially got caught in traffic then had a fuel surge during each of the last two clear laps. Scott Manson took pole. Starting on grid 2 is a bit tricky at Manawatu so it was just a matter of surviving the outside line at the starts. I was in second behind Daniel Kinsman when Heat 1 was red flagged. Daniel's muffler had been gradually getting noisier and sure enough it broke just before the restart handing me the win. In Heat 2 I dropped back to 5th at the start but recovered to finish second, close behind Daniel. Second was more than enough to secure pole for the Pre Final. I managed to lead the Pre Final throughout, including after another red flag race stoppage which bunched the field up. Scott, Bramwell King and Scott Blummont were quick but Scott Blummont had an engine problem on lap 11 and did not finish. Meanwhile Daniel had moved through from 12th to 5th and had set the fastest lap time.

We were on the grid for the Final when it was announced the race would be reduced to 16 laps (from 20) due to time constraints. I managed a good start and pulled a small gap, however Bramwell and Daniel were soon on my tail. We ran 14 laps at or quicker than qualifying pace with Daniel setting a new lap record on lap 9. This saw the three of us pull a good gap on the rest. On lap 14 Daniel passed Bramwell and was close behind me on the last lap. For the last lap I tried to drive a conservative line however Daniel got by at turn 4. I had a bit more speed at the end of the following straight and managed to get alongside Daniel at the next turn. We were side by side through the corner and on to the next straight. With three corners to go I had the lead again and Bramwell following me through. Daniel then went under Bramwell at the second to last turn to regain second. The last lap should make good viewing on TV.

I would like to acknowledge the great battle with Daniel and Bramwell. They were both very fast and very fair.

We have lots of people to thank including:

Super Freight for their great support.
  • Stuart Park of Spark Engines for all the work he does for us and especially for setting up our race carburettor.
  • Owen Evans for the use of 'Crusty.'
  • Maurice Frost, Supreme Engines for building 'Crusty,' taking it through tech and for sponsoring our class.
  • Aarron Cunningham, Power of Two and the other guys in the King's School gym.
  • Bob Cunningham for the Sniper lesson he gave Dad before the event.
  • Manawatu Toyota and the Toyota Racing Series for sponsoring the Event.
  • KartSport Manawatu and all the Officials.

    Finally I would like to offer my best wishes for a speedy recovery to Bradley Hicks, who broke his arm following brake failure on Friday. Bradley would have been a strong contender."

    Highlights of the event will be screened on TV1 Powerbuilt Motorsport, Sunday 29 April 2007 with repeats on Sky Sport.

    Arie's next events are:
  • Auckland Region Schools Championships, KartSport Auckland, 13 May 2007.
  • Top Half Series Round 2, KartSport Mt Wellington, 27 May 2007.
  • Citrus Festival, Bay of Plenty Kart Club, 2/3 June 2007.
  • KartSport New Zealand National Schools Championships, Bay of Plenty Kart Club, 7/8 July 2007.

    Super Freight provides a total logistics solution with MAF approved storage and distribution warehouses in Auckland (airport) and Wellington (Seaview). Super Freight can take containers from the port, store, pick and transport goods to locations through out New Zealand. Super Freight run a daily overnight service from Auckland to Wellington via Palmerston North and tie in with other freight companies to offer a national service.

    Arie is also supported by Spark Services, engine preparation and The Power of Two, personal training.
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