Whitby young­ster has taste for speed

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Whitby’s Rianna O’Meara- Hunt has proved her­self one of the fastest peo­ple on four wheels for her age in New Zealand.

The Ad­ven­ture School 13-yearold has had a pro­lific kart­ing sea­son.

She won the Wellington club points se­ries, took out the Wellington Provin­cial Kart­ing As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onship, won the pres­ti­gious Blos­som Kart Fes­ti­val in Hawke’s Bay and, most re­cently, came third at the KartS­port New Zealand North Is­land sprint cham­pi­onships.

At each event O’Meara-Hunt was the only fe­male driver in her class, com­pet­ing with and of­ten out­class­ing her male peers.

Third place at the sprint cham­pi­onships was bit­ter- sweet for O’Meara-Hunt.

She was lead­ing for most of the fi­nal un­til a pass­ing ma­noeu­vre on the last lap forced her wide and on to the grass with only four cor­ners to go.

It was her last race in the ju­nior re­stricted class and she will now step up into the ju­nior ro­tax class.

‘‘ It will be a steep learn­ing curve,’’ she said. ‘‘The new kart is big­ger and heav­ier, with a more pow­er­ful 125cc wa­ter- cooled en­gine, mean­ing more horse power and speed. I can’t wait.’’

O’Meara-Hunt is rac­ing through the support from spon­sors such as Wil­ford Mo­tor­sport and Right Karts.

Full steam ahead: Bud­ding kart­ing cham­pion Rianna O’Meara-Hunt in ac­tion.

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