Up-and-coming karter off to Italy for ROK Cup final

| Photographer Credit: Graham Hughes

Up-and-coming young Auckland karter Billy Frazer heads to Italy early next month to represent New Zealand at the big ROK Cup International Final meeting at Lonato between October 14 and 17.

The international final is an annual event for drivers from ROK (engine) categories from up to 20 different countries around the world with Frazer earning his place thanks to top performances in the Vortex Mini ROK class here.

At Easter the 12-year-old KartSport Mt Wellington club member from Pukekohe finished second in class at the annual Sprint Nationals in Palmerston North. Then in June he won his class and was part of ACG Strathallan’s winning Primary/Intermediate team at the Auckland Schools’ championship meeting..

He has also just been named top male rising star at the Counties Manukau Papakura Sports Awards.

To prepare properly for the ROK Cup meeting Frazer and father Jim will travel to Italy a fortnight before the meeting and contest a round of Italy’s Bridgestone SuperCup series at the Lonato circuit the weekend before.

There they will meet up with the team that will run them at both events, Ward Racing from Sweden..

To give his son the best possible chance Frazer’s father Jim and KartSport Mt Wellington club colleague Mike Crawford have put a lot of work into raising funds for the trip and Jim says he has a number of local companies to thank.

“We’re still actively canvassing to cover the cost of the trip and I’d like to acknowledge the support we have already received from the Giltrap Group, Total Access, Manson Construction, Custom Residential, Neil Allport Motorsport and the KartSport New Zealand/Motul NZ travel fund. Dane Harte our engine builder has also been a great help.”

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