14 year old Richard Moore begins a frantic month of motor racing commencing with his debut at the inaugural Mini Challenge round at Pukekohe Park Raceway on November 4/5 2006.
The following Tuesday Moore jets to Viana Portugal to compete at the Rotax Max Challenge World Karting Final before returning direct to Christchurch for the second Ruapuna round of the BMW MINI's.
While the John Cooper Works modified Cooper S is described as the Go Kart of cars it is a far cry from the 125cc Rotax Moore is used to piloting. An excited Moore who has yet to gain a drivers license stated "With 200 kph plus on the back straight I can't wait to exercise my karting skills and hopefully show some of the old guys the fastest way home".
Guaranteed close racing this "one make" category fits squarely in the fun lifestyle segment with a huge age and gender appeal. The NZ Challenge cars are identical to those raced in Europe and run a sealed 145 kw supercharged engine, John Cooper Works racing suspension, exhaust and Aero package, R90 Cross Spoke 17' wheels on Dunlop racing rubber.
Moore has sidestepped the traditional path from karts to single seaters such as Formula Ford choosing to take advantage of the much higher profile Tier One MINI series. As a bonus this season the MINI's will feature at NZ's first A1 race at Taupo in January and the Pukekohe V8 Supercar round in April.
Richard Moore is proud to be supporting the recently launched Sweet Louise charitable trust formed to assist women with breast cancer to lead positive lives.
MINI Challenge Series2006/2007
Round One: 3-5 Nov 2006 Pukekohe
Round Two: 24-26 Nov 2006 Powerbuilt at Ruapuna
Round Three: 18-21 Jan 2007 Taupo
Round Four: 16-18 Feb 2007 Manfield
Round Five: 2-4 Mar 2007 Timaru
Round Six: 9-11 Mar 2007 Teretonga
Round Seven: 20-22 Apr 2007 Pukekohe