The first academy for young kart racers will be held at Hampton Downs this month in association with the ever-growing Hampton Downs NZ Racing Academy.

The academy is a joint venture between HDNZRA and Veloce Karting and is open to seven to 15-year-olds, offering them an extensive programme with both on-track and off-track activities.

"This is a great extension to the academy programme already in place and caters to the grassroots of where our future drivers come from," said HDNZRA Chief Instructor, Daniel Gaunt.

The karting academy has been launched in association with Veloce Karting, and Gaunt - himself an experienced and successful kart racer - along with Veloce's Chris van der Drift will run the programme.

"To partner with Chris and his karting business is a great fit to our overall driver training programmes," says Gaunt.

The karting academy caters for new and current Cadet ROK, Mini ROK, Junior Rotax and Junior DVS drivers with applications now open on-line at The inaugural academy will be held on 20 July.

"Our academy is the first of its kind and will cater for all ages and regardless of the driving level we are very confident that all will end the day as a better driver," says van der Drift.

The comprehensive one day course will include everything from data analysis and working with engineers right through to karting braking techniques, race lines, video analysis, reaction time testing, sport specific strength and conditioning training and nutrition.

Caption: Chris van der Drift and Veloce Karting joins with the Hampton Downs NZ Racing Academy to introduce a karting component.