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Kiwi karters race on world scene


New Zealand kart racers will be out in force in the US, Macau and Italy in the next fortnight.

Kiwi karters will be in action on the international stage in the next fortnight, starting with Aucklanders Daniel Bray (pictured) and Bradley Alexander at the annual SKUSA Supernationals meeting in Las Vegas this weekend.

The Supernationals attracts top US car as well as kart racers, and former Indianapolis 500 winner and IndyCar series champion Dan Wheldon will be among the more than 200 drivers racing. Bray will compete in the blue riband S1 class, Alexander in S4.

A week later, Aucklander Arie Hutton will contest the Asia-Pacific KF3 title at the 2008 CIK-FIA Asia-Pacific KF1 and KF3 Championship meeting in Macau.

The same weekend, five Kiwis will race in the annual Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals at the La Conca circuit in Italy.

In Macau, Hutton, at 13 already a double New Zealand champion, will line up against some of the best Junior karters in the world, including Carlos Sainz Junior, the son of Spanish rally ace and former multiple world champion, Carlos Sainz.

In the Rotax Grand Finals, Kiwis Ryan Urban will compete in the DD2 class, Ethan de Jong in 125cc Rotax Max Senior and Nick Cassidy and Scott McLaughlin in the Junior class.

Also set to compete at the meeting is former triple New Zealand representative, Josh Hart, who earned a drive in Europe this year on the strength of his showing at last year's Grand Finals.

Hart finished third in the 2009 European Rotax Max Challenge, earning a place on the grid at the Grand Finals.

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