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Kiwi karting international Daniel Bray was cutting it fine to return home in time for this weekend's YÖGG Rotax Max Challenge of New Zealand series round at Tokoroa - last weekend he was in Germany contesting the opening round of the 2013 CIK-FIA European Championship meeting for KZ1 and KZ2 class karts.13RMCRnd3BoPLightsDanielBray-2.jpg

It was important for the 25-year-old Aucklander to get home though, he scored a breakthrough win in the premier Platinum Glass 125cc Rotax Max Lights class at the third round of this year's challenge series at Te Puke last month and is now third in the series points standings in the class, just seven points behind second placed Mathew Kinsman and only another eight points shy of leader and defending class title holder Daniel (Mathew's younger brother) Kinsman.

Bray also had to fly in from overseas for that meeting, having contested the opening two rounds of SuperKarts USA's Pro Tour in Arizona the weekend before.

"I'm definitely seeing a lot of the inside of aeroplanes," the current New Zealand Open class champion said before boarding the flight earlier this week which would eventually bring him home last night for this weekend's Rotax round.

This year's YÖGG Rotax Max Challenge of New Zealand boasts some of the biggest fields yet seen across the three Rotax Max category classes with over 50 drivers chasing the four places on a team which will represent New Zealand at the 14th annual Grand Finals event in New Orleans later this year.

In the other classes, the drivers to watch out for in Arai Helmets Junior Max will be points leader Dylan Drysdale from Palmerston North, Marcus Armstrong from Christchurch and Maddison Wise from Hawke's Bay.13RMCR3TePukeJuniorMaddisonWiselr.jpg

Meanwhile, in Logitech 125cc Rotax Max Heavy and the Masters (32+) class which runs concurrently, Brendon Hart from Palmerston North and Stuart Marshall from Auckland are split by just one point with Te Puke Heavy class winner Shane Hodgson back in fourth in the Heavy class standings but looking a likely podium prospect again this weekend.

This weekend's YÖGG Rotax Max Challenge of New Zealand round is the fourth of six with subsequent rounds in Hawke's Bay in August and Auckland in September.

Platinum Glass Rotax Max 125cc Lights class winner at the third round, Daniel Bray (#62) is flying in from Germany for this weekend's meeting at Tokoroa. Maddison Wise (#13) will be one of the drivers to watch in Arai Helmets Junior Max. And if it rains Aarron Cunningham (#72) from Auckland will know what to do after surviving conditions like these at Te Puke last month.  Photo credit: Fast Company/Greg Henderson

2013 YÖGG Rotax Max Challenge of New Zealand
Platinum Glass 125cc Rotax Max Light
Points after Rnd 3 of 6
1. Daniel Kinsman 178 points; 2. Mathew Kinsman 170; 3. Daniel Bray 16313RMCR3TePukeHeaviesAaronCunninghamlr.jpg

Arai Helmets Junior Max
Points after Rnd 3 of 6
1. Dylan Drysdale 178 points; 2. Marcus Armstrong 169; 3. Campbell Joyes 167.

Logitech 125cc Rotax Max Heavy
Points after Rnd 3 of 6
1. Brendon Hart 171 points; 2. Stuart Marshall 170; 3. Aarron Cunningham 169.

Masters (over 32)
1. Brendon Hart 171 points; 2. Stuart Marshall 170; 3. Brendon Gridley 154.

Rnd 1: Feb 16 KartSport Manawatu Rnd 2: Mar 09-10 Kartsport Rotorua
Rnd 3: April 20-21 Kartsport Bay of Plenty
Rnd 4: May 25-26th Kartsport Tokoroa
Rnd 5: Aug 17-18 Kartsport Hawke's Bay
Rnd 6: Sept 21-22 Kartsport Auckland

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









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