The Top Half Series

It’s a true drivers series!

top half ’18


Top Half Background

The Top Half Series has been run for more than 24 years and is regarded as being an iconic series by competitors. It featured in the early stages of the motorsport  careers of a number of well-known and internationally successful competitors such as Mitch Evans, Ritchie Stanaway, Nick Cassidy and Wade Cunningham.

This series was founded by the Auckland, Mt Wellington and Hamilton clubs. Each year the 4 round series is operated between these clubs and their partner clubs Tokoroa, BOP, Rotorua, Whangarei and EBOP. Hence the name Top Half.


The Series is raced on a points based format. 4 pre determined grid draw heats and a fifth heat per round.  4 rounds, 20 races and only 2 drops. To win this series you not only have to be fast, but be consistent, adaptable, be able to pass well and make sound judgements.  It’s a true drivers series!

The series has been constantly been the biggest in NZ. Focused of the growth of driver in a fun yet very competitive environment.


Naming Rights Sponsor

Hampton Downs 

Silver Sponsors

Hampton Downs Go karts 

Class Sponsors

Supreme Kart Supplies
Spartan 4 Toyota
Right Karts
WRB karting Supplies
Urban Performance
International Karting Supplies
TCB motorsport

Grand Prix Sponsors

Giltrap Group
Robert Cunningham Construction Group

Bronze Sponsors

Awards Trophies – Best improved driver trophies
JOP – program
Headcase designs – custom helmet Painting
Northern Accessories – Arai Helmet
Lightning Race Gear – Prizes

Top Half Series 2017

145 entries at the first round which was bigger than the Nationals. 

4 of the 7 classes were oversubscribed

32  Vortex Mini ROKS

38 Juniors and 29 Rotax Lights. 

Over the 4 rounds we had around 500 entries.


Roger Smith
Top Half Series President & Series Promoter
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Licence Rating all classes: Tier 2 Minimum


Cadet ROK
Vortex Mini ROK
Junior 100cc Yamaha
Vortex ROK DVS Junior
Rotax Max Junior
ClubSport 120
ClubSport LO206 Light
125cc Rotax Max Light
125cc Rotax Max Heavy
Rotax DD2

NOTE: KZ2 and Open will not run at Round 3, KartSport Whangarei

Race Calendar


KartSport Hamilton 11-12 August

KartSport Auckland 8-9 September

KartSport Whangarei 29-30 September

KartSport Tokoroa 11-12 November

NOTE: KZ2 and Open will not run at Round 3, KartSport Whangarei

Prize Pool $37000+

Whats up for grabs in 2018

Race win

$6500 in series prize money 

$1000 bonus prize money for the biggest class over the series

$2000 in dash for cash prize money (if time permits)

$2000 round prize giving cash draws (5x $100 per round ) Eligible all drivers for the round drawn at prize giving

$5000 of CRC Products for CRC Industries NZ—Draws and spot prizes

$5000 of Go Kart Vouchers for Hampton Downs Go Karts—Spot Prizes

$5000 worth of round, series and most improved trophies.

$2000  Custom  Helmet Package – SK6 Aria Helmet from Northern Accessories + $1000 custom paint from Headcase – Designs and helmet bag from Lightning Race Gear.  (Drawn  Final prize giving. Must have done all rounds )

$1800 Custom printed 3 x 4.5 Gazebo with rear wall from One Stop Promotions.  ( Drawn  Final prize giving. Must have done all rounds )

$1200 Top Half Event Spot Prizes

$1000 sponsored By Supreme Kart Supplies ($250 per round for the winner of Vortex DVS Junior)

$1000 Lightning Race Gear Spot Prizes

$550* Rotax Max Challenge free Entry


All series entries received prior to 1st August

$1600 of Dunlop Tyres and merchandise from Lascom Motorsport.

1 Set of Dunlop tyres per round.  Drawn at Drivers briefing – Eligible for one set per entry

EARLY BIRD BONUS PRIZES – Eligible for one per entry

All series entries received prior to 30th June—26 prizes

$800 cash draws (2 x $100 per round)  Drawn at Drivers briefing

Hampton Downs Supercar Fash Dash in the Lambo Drawn at Drivers briefing round 1

$435   Free Series entry draw from Early Bird draw Drawn at Drivers briefing round 1 

8x CRC Industries NZ prize pack ( 2 per round ) Drawn at Drivers briefing

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