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New Zealand's biggest annual club KartSport series kicks off this weekend at KartSport Mt Wellington's Tainui Rd kart track in east Auckland.

New Zealand's biggest annual club KartSport series kicks off this weekend at KartSport Mt Wellington's Tainui Rd kart track in east Auckland.

The three-round series - co-sponsored by Mowac Corporation and Right Karts - is the KartSport Mt Wellington club's biggest annual undertaking with well over 100 karters expected at each round.

Over the years the Three-Way Series has provided a fairly accurate form guide for the North Island Sprint Championships (held over Labour Weekend) and the New Zealand Sprint Championships (held over Easter) and series convenor John Vickers says this year's series should be no different.

Not every club can create three completely different circuits out of the same facility, but KartSport Mt Wellington can, meaning that each round offers the drivers a different challenge, hence the 'Three-Way' name of the series.

"This weekend, for instance, " says Vickers, " we're running the track in the reverse direction. And for the final round we're running what we call the oval. Because we don't run the different directions every day the drivers have to start from scratch at these two rounds, in much the same way as they would if they visited a new track for the first time. That adds a whole extra dimension to the series."

As well, the 'oval,' which uses a loop link between Turns 1 and 3, completely changes the nature of the Mt Wellington track, reducing the number of corners from six to three and providing a right hand curve longer and faster than any other in the country.

As well as being one of the biggest and most active KartSport clubs in New Zealand, KartSport Mt Wellington has also developed a reputation for its ability to produce the country's best racing drivers, with the likes of 2003 IndyCar Champion Scott Dixon and 2003 World Karting Champion and 2005 Indy Pro Series Champion Wade Cunningham both getting their start in the sport at the track.

A large number of current North Island and New Zealand Champions also call the Tainui Rd track home, and most will be in attendance this weekend.

Predicting who is going to win is a little harder, for no better reason than many of the younger members of the club have recently moved up a class.

Last year Paul Blomqvist, Auckland-based younger son of Swedish rally star Stig Blomqvist, was the overall winner of the Cadet class from Bradley Hicks and Ben Drummond, while Paul's older brother Tom was the overall winner of the Junior Restricted class from James Stead and Mitchell Evans.

This year the three Cadet drivers have made the move to the Junior Restricted class, opening the way for a 'new-generation' of youngsters to make their mark in that class.

All up eleven classes will be contested at each Three-Way round, from Cadet (6 to 12 year olds) to Open (the quickest Senior karts).

With full fields expected in each class activity starts early at the track on Sunday morning with the first tuning runs starting at 8.45am and racing commencing at 10.00am.

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