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BIG KZ2 FIELDS PROMISE CLOSE RACING AT TE PUKE


With 24 entries in the Wifiplus KZ2 class and 17 in the combined Aarque Group KZ2 Masters and KZ2 Restricted class the17ProKartSeriesKZ2AaronWilson9lr-1.jpg action is guaranteed to be fast and furious at the second round of the 2017 Molecule ProKart Series at Te Puke this weekend.

'It's a great little track," says series promotor Steve Brown of the KartSport Bay of Plenty club's Te Puke Auto Electrical Raceway tucked into a narrow valley in the foothills north-west of the town. 'It's tight, but that just concentrates the fields which always makes for good close quarter racing."

Since the opening series round in Palmerston North a month ago four more karters have signed up for the Wifiplus KZ2 class, including former young gun Bradley Hicks from Auckland, making for one of the largest grids of the purpose-built, six-speed gearbox-equipped 125cc race karts ever assembled in this country. 

Of added interest will be the return of Richard Moore, who last weekend secured the 2017 NZ V8 Utes NZ Championship at Hampton Downs.

Judging by how close the points are after the opening round, the second at Te Puke will also be one of the most17ProKartSeriesKZ2MastersJarrodMacKenzie73leadsGlennEllis66lr-1.jpg competitive. Just 11 points separate joint leaders Ryan Grant and Aaron Wilson, and 10th placed Clint Beaumont and just four separate third placed Australian ace Troy Loeskow from seventh placed Dylan Drysdale.

Defending Aarque Group KZ2 Masters class title holder Jared MacKenzie also found the competition tougher at the opening series round this year, fellow Aucklander Andrew Hunt pipping him for pole position in qualifying and sharing heat and Pre-Final wins.

MacKenzie was back on top in the Final but Hunt's superior consistency rewarded the former rally ace with a debut round victory over MacKenzie with Speedway Super Saloon ace Terry Corin, an impressive third on his return to the sport.

Aucklander Garry Cullum was again the man to beat in Aarque Group KZ2 Restricted at Palmerston North, though failing to finish the Pre-Final cost him a win in the Final. Regan Hall won both the Pre-Final and Final but three wins from three starts in the heats and second place in the Final was enough to keep the round win in Cullum's grasp.17ProKartSeriesKZ2RestrictedGarryCullumlr-1.jpg

The Molecule-backed ProKart Series again shares the limelight this weekend with the Giltrap Group Rotax Max Challenge with action on both days at the Te Puke track.

CAPTIONS: Joint points leader in the Wifiplus KZ2 class heading to Te Puke this weekend is Aaron Wilson (#9). Other drivers to look out for include Jared MacKenie (#73) and Glenn Ellis (#66) in Aarque Group KZ2 Masters and Garry Cullum (#96) in Aarque Group KZ2 Restricted. Photo credit: Fast Company/Graham Hughes 

2017 Molecule ProKart Series 

Wifiplus KZ2 Points after Rnd 1 of 5
1=.  Aaron Wilson & Ryan Grant 90 points; 3. Troy Loeskow 86; 4. Rhys Tinney 85; 5. Jacob Cranston 84; 6. Mat Kinsman 83; 7. Dylan Drysdale 82; 8. Caleb Huston 81; 9. Jordan Morris 80; 10. Clint Beaumont 79

Aarque Group KZ2 Masters Points after Rnd 1 of 5
1. Andrew Hunt 91 points; 2. Jared MacKenzie 89; 3. Terry Corin 86; 4. Enrico van der Griend 85; 5. Glenn Ellis 84; 6=.Tim Loughran & Brett Hollander 83;  8. Darren Aislabie 81; 9. John Enticott 80; 10. Graeme Lambert 79.

Aarque Group KZ2 Restricted Points after Rnd 1 of 5
1. Garry Cullum 91 points; 2. Aaron Wooley 88; 3. Regan Hall 87; 4=. Shaun Anderson & Gerhard Benadie 85; 6. Jamie Pollock 83; 7. Shaun Curran 82.


2017 Molecule ProKart Series Calendar

Rnd 1: Sat- Sun Feb 18-19 Manawatu Toyota Raceway, Palmerston North
Rnd 2: Sat-Sun March 18-19 Te Puke Auto Electrical Raceway, Te Puke
Rnd 3: Sat-Sun May 20-21 KartSport Rotorua International Raceway, Mamaku, Rotorua
Rnd 4: Sat-Sun July 29-30 Giltrap Group Raceway Auckland                                
Rnd 5: Sat-Sun Aug 12-13 AgriSea Raceway, Hamilton

 

Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the 2017 Molecule ProKart Series contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at ross@fastcompany.co.nz


 
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