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The 2015 IKS 3-Way Series kicked off at KartSport Mt Wellington’s Windward Properties Raceway on 22 March.  The Reverse Oval event was contested by 53 entries across 10 classes and included drivers from Taranaki and Eastern Bay of Plenty, as well as a number of quality Auckland competitors.  The fast oval circuit is always a test for the competitors, with limited passing opportunities making for exciting racing.  A number of new track records were established, including a new Cadet ROK record of 19.1s set by 6-year old Emerson Vincent.evincentmtwell3way.jpg


Unrated Cadets were first away and these drivers always put on a great display of raw energy vs. the desire to go as fast as possible.  Ayrton Williams was unstoppable, winning all five heats from Alex Linklater in second, with Ashton Phipps cruising home to third spot only 4 points behind Linklater.


The next class to line up was Vortex Mini ROK which had nine entrants, and this was combined with three Junior Restricted Yamaha drivers.  JR driver Ben Hurst won four of five heats, edging out Charlie Coleman by 2 points at the finish.  Newcomer Matthew Trewheela was third.  International Kart Supplies driver Thomas Boniface had travelled north from New Plymouth for some last-minute racing prior to the Nationals and he went home the winner after some fantastic battles between locals Joshua Parkinson (NI JR champion), Billy Frazer, Brock Gilchrist and Ryan Crombie.  Boniface managed to keep Frazer and Parkinson at bay by winning three heats, giving him a 4 point buffer from Frazer and Parkinson, the final order requiring a points count-back.


Cadet ROK was combined with Cadet Raket and also produced some fine racing.  Hunter Robb secured victory in the Raket class by a single point from Declyn Goffin, with Corey Linn 9 points adrift in third position.  Dylan Grant had a great set of races in Cadet ROK, battling hard with Keith Sait and Kaden Probst.  Grant lead Sait and Probst across the tape by 3 points at the end of racing, with only 1 point separating Sait and Probst.  Perhaps the most impressive performance of the weekend was 6-year old Emerson Vincent setting a new track record in the 5th heat.  Son of principal meeting sponsor, Jody Vincent, Emerson is a young driver to watch for the future and is improving dramatically every time he takes his Sodi kart to the track.mtwell3wayminirok15.jpg


The racing was intense in the Open class, with some competitive driving from Luke Dobbs and Mark Elder, with Dobbs ultimately claiming victory by a solitary point from Elder.  Seasoned campaigners Snow Mooney and Peter Wrightson battled for the minor placings, with Mooney heading off Wrightson for third place.


Sodi kart driver Ashton Grant put in some spirited performances in the Junior Rotax class, winning four heats and a second placing to claim overall victory by 7 points from Dylan Hallberg.  Third spot went to BRM pilot Connor Burson only 1 point ahead of Taylor Hurst in fourth.


Only Paul Stockman fronted in Rotax Max Heavy, so was placed amongst the Rotax Max Light field of nine drivers.  Shaun Rattrie scored two wins, two seconds and a fourth to take the round by 4 points from Elliott Malcolm.  The racing was so close that Stuart Marshall had to settle for third by 1 point, even though he won two races during the day

A number of prizes and giveaways were distributed by the class sponsors.  The next round of the IKS 3-Way series will be staged at  on April 12 and the event will be run in the normal direction on the full track.


The club would like to say a huge thanks to the series naming rights sponsor, International Kart Supplies for supporting the 2015 3-Way Series.  Thank you also to Lascom Motorsport, Right Karts, ISign It, Omega Rental Cars, Point 2 Point, Monster Energy, Point 2 Point and Another Orange Service Centre.  Entries are still being taken for the next two rounds, go online to the Facebook page (KSMW 3-Way Series) and check it out.


Mathew Kinsman from IKS - “An event like 3-Way is a very positive way of connecting with our customers whilst supporting our great club and that’s what sponsorship should be about.  We had such a great time during the 2014 series.  We met a lot of new faces and got back to grass roots racing which is where we all started. IKS and the Sodi brand were well represented on the podium at Round 1.  We anticipate seeing more drivers at Round 2.”

CAPTIONS: 6-year old Emerson Vincent (#10) set a new Cadet ROK track record in his Sodi kart. The racing was intense between (L to R) Ryan Crombie (#63), Joshua Parkinson (#89), Billy Frazer (#45) and Thomas Boniface (#67). Pics credit Velocity.

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