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Recent Junior class graduate James Blair from Auckland's KartSport Mt Wellington club enjoyed a winning move to the Senior ranks at the opening round of this years' CRC Speedshow Top Half series at Rotorua on Sunday.14TopHalfCadetsled byConnorDavison-1.jpg


Blair was one of over 100 karters from as far afield as Christchurch and Wellington who made the trip to the top of the Mamaku ranges west of Rotorua for the Kartzone-sponsored round at KartSport Rotorua's The Rock FM Raceway, the young Aucklander claiming a close win in the 125cc Rotax Max Light class after a day-long battle with established class pace-setters Corey Green and Logan Rogers-Jenkins.


Racing was held in hot, dry conditions with eight classes contested. With enough entrants to justify their own race the new Cadet ROK class ran separately from the existing Cadet Raket class while those running the new Vortex Mini ROK class ran off the back of the Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha grid.


In 125cc Rotax Max Heavy, Caleb Hartley won the round with Stu Gould second and kart-turned-sprintcar racer Brad Tyrrell back for this year's CRC Speedshow series third. Also impressive was the pace of recent Junior graduate Joe Ganley who showed great speed to claim the fastest race lap in three of the five heats.


While in the other Senior classees, Graham Knight from the Eastern Bay of Plenty club top-scored in Clubsport 120 with four wins and a second, and young gun CJ Sinclair beat old hand Darren Aislabie to claim Open class honours.14TopHalfRnd1JordanKrissansen-1 jpg.jpg


In the Junior ranks Aidan Robson used his KF3 class kart to take the Formula Junior class while some fantastic driving in a Junior Rotax kart earned fellow KartSport Auckland club member Dylan Smith second place after a day of fierce battles with Taylor Harte.


In the combined Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha/Vortex Mini ROK field, meanwhile, the Vortex Mini ROK winner was Ben Morrison, the Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha class winner Liam Lawson.


This was one of the best supported and closest fought classes of the day with 24 entries including those of Rianna O’Meara Hunt and Joshua Donohue from Wellington, and Jayden Ransley from Christchurch. One of the many highlights of the day's racing was watching Liam Lawson and Joshua Donohue cross the line in the final side by side for a margin of 0.002 sec.


Strong performances also came from Rianna O’Meara Hunt and KartSport Rotorua club member Hunter Cheetham. 14TopHalfJRLiamLawsonandSamWright-1 jpg.jpg


In the Cadet class the day belonged to Connor Davison with three race wins however this class was very hotly contested with the top 10 or so drivers trading places each lap – fabulous to watch and with Joshua Parkinson from the KartSport Mt Wellington club deserving special mention for driving from last place to first in the first heat.


With four wins and a second, meanwhile Cullern Thorby top-scored in the new Cadet ROK class, with Dylan Grant second and Gemma Winters third


CRC Speedshow is New Zealand's premier automotive and motorsport expo which this year will be held at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds over the July 19-20 weekend. More information on this year's CRC Speedshow Top Half series can be found on KartSport New Zealand's website and Facebook page 


Action from one of the Cadet class heats with Connor Davison (#95) leading Fynn Osborne (#12), Billy Fraser (#46), Joshua Parkinson (#89) and Liam Sceats (#23). Jordan Krissansen (#77) clips a wheel in one of the 125cc Rotax Max Light races. And Liam Lawson (#30) leads Sam Wright (#7) in a Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha heat. Photo credit: Fast Company/Emilee Wright.

2014 CRC Speedshow Top Half Series Calendar
Rnd 1: Sun Feb 16 The Rock FM Raceway Mamaku Rotorua
Rnd 2: Sun March 09 AgriSea Raceway Hamilton
Rnd 3: Sunday March 30 KartZone Raceway Edgecumbe BoP
Rnd 4: Sunday June 22 Strata Networks Raceway, Rosebank Domain Auckland

Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the 2014 CRC Speedshow Top Half Series contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at




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