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The 2014-2015 Bayleys W.P.K.A GoldStar Series: Spark Karts Round one at KartSport Wellington’s Wynn’s raceway this weekend saw over 85 competitors spread over 7 keenly contested classes greeted by two days of hot and sunny conditions – no surprises there then!14 gs r1Goup Pic 1 (2)crop.jpg

Track conditions were near perfect as the heat blazed down both days making for some competitive and spirited racing.  Interclub rivalry and friendly banter was apparent early as each club pitted and worked together to gain maximum points through the day.  New racers to the series were assisted and encouraged and the experience gained was valuable to all.  Spot prizes for all drivers were up for grabs in each and every race courtesy of ORG, Dulux and Wynns.

The day kicked off with Cadet racing and the top three spots in the majority of races being shared between our South Island entries William Exton, Louis Sharp and Zac Christensen – a great reward for travelling from so far to compete in this series.  With a ‘factory Tony Kart drive’ up for grabs for the series winner over in Aussie, thanks to Supreme Kart Supplies and Manawatu Toyota it was well worth the travel.

Racing was equally as competitive in the Vortex Mini ROK class which has the same prize up for grabs, again courtesy of Supreme Kart14 gs r1 mini rok.jpg Supplies and Manawatu Toyota.  The usual suspects competed hard all day, Ryan Wood on his home track after his recent return from racing in Italy, Louis Redshaw and Riley Jack all having heat wins.  Jackson Rooney in his first Mini Rok start after moving up from the Cadets fought hard all day with Sam Wright and others.  Winner for the day was Riley Jack – a great start to his series.

Junior Rotax racers were competing for entry into the 2016 Rotax Max challenge courtesy of Right Karts. Dylan Drysdale and Jacob Cranston shared the heat wins with Dylan taking out the winner take all final. Maddy Stewart and Kaleb Ngatoa were pushed hard all day by class debutants Rianna O’Meara-Hunt, Josh Donohue and Lee Zeltwanger who rewarded the travel from Auckland with a great third place finish for the day.

A dominant day for Manawatu driver Bailey Walker in the Junior Yamaha class saw him take out every heat and the final from a fast finishing Ronan Murphy.  Racing was tighter than the results made it look with some great lead changes in most races – this will be a 14 gs r1 d drysdale.jpgclass to watch as the series progresses.  The series winner is looking forward to a hosted corporate day at the V8 Super Tourers with some HOT LAPS courtesy of Simon Evans and the SMEG Holden #4.

Rotax Max Heavy saw a great spread of drivers, from the SI champ of Jordan McDonnell to series regulars Zach Zaloum and Aaron de Ridder competing to win a BMW Driver Day Experience at a local track courtesy of TrackTime .  McDonnell took out the final from de Ridder and Zaloum to win the day. A good sprinkling of masters drivers made for great ‘youth versus experience’ racing, with youth eventually coming out on top!  Wellington’s Brent Melhop led the Masters contingent home followed closely by Karl Cameron and Quin Clark.  Quin might be looking to reverse the order next round at his home track of Manawatu.

The ‘Awapuni Nurseries’ Clubsport 120 competitors competing for the same TrackTime prize saw the early wins going to Simon Frater, with Brent Robinson and long-time competitor John Paddy chipping in as the day went on.  Racing was tight with eventual winner Frater, leading home the two masters entries of Robinson and Paddy.  Jim Thompsons day was kick started at drivers briefing being the recipient of a set of new slicks courtesy of MG Tyres. 

Rotax Max Light was the ‘class field’ of the day with recent South Island champion Chris Cox coming over the water to test his mettle 14 gs r1 still.jpgwith series regulars Brad Still, Michael McCulloch and Jack Bridgman. Brad’s consistency with three 2nd place finishes before going one better in the last heat and the final saw him take the round win from Michael McCulloch and  3rd place getter John Wallace – Cox eventually finishing 4th.  Promising performances were also seen from local drivers and recent entrants to the class Zach Thompson and Ashleigh Stewart.  These entrants too are looking forward to the hosted corporate day at the V8 Super Tourers with some HOT LAPS courtesy of Simon Evans and the SMEG Holden #4.

As part of the prizegiving the Official Supplier and Round Sponsor, Sparkarts presented the HiPrema Air Gauge to Robert Burrows – a great prize indeed.

W.P.K.A wishes to thank the sponsors, the supporters and all the competitors for getting in behind the new series and for making round one such a great event.  

KartSport Wellington thanks Sparkarts for coming on board as the official supplier for Round one as the series now heads north for Round two at KartSport Manawatu in early December. 

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

CAPTIONS: Drivers Briefing. Riley Jack #31 leads Louis Redshaw #85 and Ryan Wood #NS in Vortex Mini ROK. Dylan Drysdale #NS leads Jacob Cranston in Junior Rotax. Brad Still #33 leads Rotax Light. 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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