A bumper crop of as many as 12 Kiwi karters is set to contest the opening round of Australia's Rotax Pro Tour at the Todd Rd track in Melbourne this weekend.Junior-Max-Trophy-Class-Grand-Final-Winner-Matthew-Payne_Coopers-Photography.jpg

Heading the list is young Pukekohe driver Matthew Payne who claimed second place in the Junior Trophy class last year. This year he has moved up to the Junior Max class.

This year will see New Zealand drivers in each of the eight classes, leading to talk of a 'Kiwi invasion' in Melbourne this week.

The 12 set to compete this weekend are;

Micro Max (7- 9 yrs)
Emerson Vincent (Pukekohe)
Sebastian Manson (Auckland)

Mini Max (9-12 yrs)
Connor Davison (Hamilton)

Junior Max Trophy
Samuel Wright (Auckland)
Jayden Ransley (Christchurch)
Kaleb Ngatoa (Palmerston North)

Junior Max
Matthew Payne (Pukekohe)

Rotax 125 Light
Ashleigh & Madeline Stewart (Wellington)

Rotax 125 Heavy
Brendon Hart (Palmertson North)

Taylor Harte (Tauranga)

DD2 Masters
Aaron Cunningham (Auckland)

Amongst a number of changes, Wellington's Stewart sisters, Ashleigh & Madeline, are both running in the Rotax 125cc class in Australia this year, and both are now running in Tony Karts. 

Practise and qualifying will be held today (Friday) with racing on Saturday and Sunday.

There is then a month until the Kiwi contingent returns to Australia for the second round of this year's Rotax Pro Tour at Warwick in Queensland between February 26 & 28.

CAPTION: Young Kiwi karter Matthew Payne (#96) dominated the Junior Max Trophy class at Australia's Rotax Pro Tour Grand Final meeting at Ipswich in Queensland in October last year. Photo credit: Fast Company/Coopers Photography

2016 Australian Rotax Pro Tour Calendar

Rnd 1: Todd Road Melb, VIC 22-24 Jan
Rnd 2: Warwick QLD 26-28 Feb
Rnd 3: Eastern Creek NSW 15-17 April
Rnd 4: Ipswich QLD 03-05 June
Rnd 5: Bolivar SA 15-17 July
Rnd 6: Puckapunyal VIC 26-28 August
Grand Final: Dubbo NSW 30 Sept 02 October


Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the 2016 Australian Rotax Pro Tour contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at ross@fastcompany.co.nz




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