Top young kart driver Arie Hutton launched a new sponsorship partnership with leading transport and logistics company Super Freight with a third place at the 2006 KartSport New Zealand North Island Sprint Championships which were contested in Taranaki over Labour Weekend.
Arie (11 years old) is competing in the very competitive 100cc Junior Restricted Yamaha class for drivers aged between 10-14 years.
Commenting on the partnership Arie said; "I'm thrilled to have the backing of Super Freight which will greatly assist my racing programme for the next 12 months. Earlier this year Lance Peach helped us out with transport when we had trailer problems on the way to the first Round of the Top Half Series, which we ended up winning. Lance's son Mack was a top karter a few years ago and I am sure Lance and Mack will have some useful tips to pass on."
Lance Peach, Managing Director of Super Freight noted; "KartSport is rapidly maturing as a sport and is getting increased publicity and recognition as the breeding ground for our motor sport stars of the future. We have been keeping an eye on Arie's progress over the last two years and look forward to supporting him under the Super Freight banner."
Arie's results at the North Island Championships were:
position 30.034 seconds
Heat 1 10 laps 2nd
Heat 2 10 laps 4th
Pre Final 18 laps 4th
Final 25 laps 3rd
1st Levi Madsen-Prinn 25 laps
2nd Nick Cassidy +5.612 seconds
3rd Arie Hutton +5.787 (fastest lap of race 30.190 on lap 16)
4th Daniel Colville +5.958
5th Mitchell Evans +6.279
6th Jayden Hardy +6.451
Commenting on the weekend Arie said; "We were competitive in most of the practice sessions but had carburettor problems in the Time Trials. A quick lap in the second Time Trial resulted in pole just one thousandth of a second ahead of Levi Madsen-Prinn. We changed back to our practice carb for race day. Heat One was in the wet and we were happy with second behind Mitchell Evans. Heat 2 was a gamble regarding tyres as the track was drying. Mitchell and Nick Cassidy were on wets and Levi and I on slicks. From about lap 5 the slicks were quicker. We were all quite close at the end and grid 3 for the PreFinal was OK. Unfortunately I mucked up my tuning a bit in the PreFinal but we were competitive finishing 4th just 0.727 seconds behind Levi who won. Levi made a great start in the Final and got away from Nick, Mitchell and I. My kart was a bit quicker through the slow corners but I could not complete a move on Nick or Mitchell who were having their own private battle. On the last lap I sneaked by Mitchell after he got hooked up on Nick's rear bumper. Congratulations to Levi on his North Island Championship."
With school exams coming up Arie's next outings will be limited to the Hamilton and Mt Wellington Club Xmas events. In January Arie will contest the CIK Trophy of NZ Challenge Cup event at Hamilton.
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 throughout 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.