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After the excitement of two consecutive weekends watching their Kiwi compatriots competing in the United States and Spain, the attention of the country's karters returns to the domestic scene and the second round of the revamped Bayleys WPKA14rmurphygoldstarr1 two.jpg Goldstar series at the KartSport Manawatu club's Manawatu Toyota Raceway in Palmertson North on Sunday.


The round, sponsored by local businesses, Tony Kart Manawatu and ORG Manawatu, has attracted another strong entry, with competitors travelling from as far afield as Auckland in the north and Dunedin in the south to take part in the country's longest established annual regional series.


KartSport Wellington hosted the first round of the new-look Bayleys-backed series at Wynns Raceway over the November 8-9 weekend with Taranaki ace Brad Still the big winner in the 125cc Rotax Max Light class and the Senior GP race and Palmerston North driver Dylan Drysdale coming out on the top in both the Formula Junior class overall and the Junior Grand Prix.


Local driver Bailey Walker looks set to again be the driver to beat in the Junior Yamaha class, though Ronan Murphy, son of V8 Supercar and SuperTourer ace Greg Murphy, and who been racing seriously for less than a year, is getting better with each outing. 14higginsgoldstarr1.jpg


After winning against strong competition at the opening series round in Wellington, local driver Riley Jack will start favourite in the Vortex Mini ROK class, while with both class and GP race wins in Wellington, Blenheim driver William Exton will take the early season advantage in Cadet ROK with him to Palmerston North.

Further information on the series and series standings are available on facebook ‘GoldStar Series’ and at www.wpka.org.nz

CAPTIONS: Ronan Murphy #51 Junior 100cc Yamaha. Rotax Light Higgins sandwich, James #38 and Ashley #83. Photo credit: Fast Company/Vicky Jack.



2014/15 Bayleys WPKA Goldstar Series

Round 1 Nov 08-09 2014 Rnd sponsor Sparkarts, Wynns Raceway Wellington
Round 2 Dec 06-07 2014 Rnd sponsors TK Manawatu & ORG Manawatu, Toyota Raceway Palmerston North
Round 3 March 07-08 2015 Rnd sponsor Supreme Kart Supplies, Todd Energy Raceway Waitara
Round 4 May 02-03 2015 Rnd sponsor Total Karting, Chemz Raceway Hastings
Championships 30-31 2015 Rnd sponsor Kartworks, Wynns Raceway Wellington


Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about KartSport in New Zealand contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at ross@fastcompany.co.nz

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