Christchurch’s Marcus Armstrong, one of New Zealand’s most promising motorsport stars, has confirmed he will be making the switch to the gearbox KZ class in his final step up the world’s karting ladder.
Basing himself in the UK and contesting the 2015 KF European Championship as a factory driver for one of the sport’s leading manufacturer’s, Tony Kart, has been invaluable in Armstrong’s development as a driver.
On the back of strong performance last year, including winning the championship’s final round in Sweden, he has now secured a factory drive with TonyKart in the KZ category for all CIK-FIA and WSK events in 2016.
KZ Karts are at the pinnacle of Karting with significant performance gains and a six-speed sequential gearbox being the notable differentiators from what Marcus has raced in the past. It’s that high level of competition that’s drawn Armstrong to this category.
“I’ve just finished the winter testing calendar in Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula 4, both were fantastic but I want to focus on karts for another year and the offer to represent Tony Kart again in KZ is going to be great for my development.
It’s the top category within Karting, I’ll be competing again very experienced drivers and it’s also very physical, so the challenge is exciting and it provides an excellent platform for my future driving endeavours” Says Armstrong.
The 15 year old will be the Tony Kart teammate of three-time world champion, Marco Ardigo (32 years old) and hopes to both learn from Ardigo, but also provide valued feedback to the team. Armstrong will spend a great deal of time at the factory within Northern Italy and aid in the chassis development.
“Competing with the boys who have been at the forefront of karting, many for 10 years plus, really will be the biggest test for me so far, so I see this a fantastic learning opportunity and a challenge I can’t wait to tackle” Continued Armstrong.
After a break in Auckland, Marcus will return to Oxford, UK where he will base himself for 2016 and will remain to be managed by experienced karting trainer, Oliver Oakes.