Jumpei Morita is ready to launch into his first Australian Kart Championship round next weekend at round 1 at the Ipswich Kart Club in Tag Senior! Morita raced most of the 2018 season in the tag restricted class but will be stepping up to the national ranks in 2019! While not many drivers know much about Morita the Japenese driver may be an underdog in the championship but his experience and past history in Japenese karting is a strong record something to behold !
From the young age of 12 Morita was racing in the Japenese Karting ranks where ARTA F1 project a team managed by former formula 1 driver Aguri Suzuki offered the young Morita a scholarship and supported the driver from the age of 12 to 18! “When I was karting in Japan as a young driver I got offered a scholarship by ARTA F1 project” Morita told! “While running under the team and scholarship my manager was Aguri Suzuki and my team mate was Sakon Yamamoto”! Both went on to race at the highest level of Motorsport in formula 1 showing the class and pinnacle of racing Morita was up against. With many quality opposition Morita raced at some of the highest levels in the Japenese karting scene.
Morita stopped karting in Japan and had a long vacation of twenty years out of the racing scene before starting his karting adventure in australia in 2018 in the tag restricted light class at certain events. “ I raced in restricted light last season after no proper karting for twenty years” told Morita. The Australian Kart Championship debutant who was beaming and excited for the 2019 season didn’t hold high expectations coming into the Australian Kart Championship. “I’m now trying open TAG for the first time and also the Australian Kart Championship” Morita noted. “My expectations on results are not quite optimistic”.
Morita recently ran at the Australian Kart Championship shakedown event at the Ipwsich circuit where luck didn’t go his way early in the weekend in his Kosmic entry qualifying well outside the top ten. Morita continued to have bad luck unravel his weekend with DNF and non start in the final but showed glimpse of the talent and pace he knows thats within him running as high as eighth inside the top ten of the field!
With a wealth of talent, experience and racing at the highest level before Morita is one to watch at the opening round of the Australian Kart Championship in TAG senior where Brendan Nelson is looking to make it his third successive Australian Kart Championship in the class!