Kiwi kart ace Marcus Armstrong has enjoyed a strong OK class debut - finishing the Final in eighth place - at the third round of the 2016 CIK-FIA European OK Championships in Portugal on Sunday.16CIKFIAEuroChampsMarcusArmstrong-rh.jpg

"Not a bad weekend," the 15-year-old said on Monday morning (NZ time)."Our speed was good for a better result but a win was out of reach."

The OK class is an evolution of the direct drive KF class Armstrong contested with success in Europe last year, and with a month to go before the final round of this year's 6-speed gearbox-equipped KZ class championship (which he moved up to this year) the Christchurch driver took the opportunity to contest the third round of the 2016 OK class title chase over the weekend.

The Final there was won by Tom Joyner (Zanardi/Parilla/Vega) from fellow Brit (and Pre-Final winner) Ben Hanley (Croc Promotions/TM/Vega) with young Spanish driver Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG/Parilla/Vega) third.

Armstrong (Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega) qualified eighth and finished the Pre-Final in 11th position before working his way back to eighth in the Final.

"This circuit (Portimao) is quite different to others with the length of the straights and elevation and I'm not convinced it played to our strengths. Never-the-less I'm happy with our debut and I look forward to Bahrain (in November) which will be my next race in OK."

Armstrong's next appearance in a KZ kart, meanwhile, will be at the third round of that category's European Championship chase at Genk In Belgium at the end of July.

CAPTION: Marcus Armstrong seen here competing at a round of this year's CIK-FIA European KZ class championship. Photo credit: Fast Company/WafeProject

Rnd 3 CIK-FIA European Championships OK class Portimao Portugal June 23-26 2016

Results OK class Final
1. Tom Joyner (Zanardi/Parilla/Vega)                        
2. Ben Hanley (Croc Promotions/TM Racing/Vega
3. Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG/Parilla/Vega)
8. Marcus Armstrong (Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega

Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about Marcus Armstrong contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at





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