Heading into Tokoroa we were very far behind in points after horror rounds at Rotorua and Bay Of Plenty, lying 5th in the standings. We also didn't know whether to go to the Jason Richards Memorial meeting in Geelong, Australia, as we were lying 2nd overall in the Pro Tour standings. Luckily we made all the right choices and stayed to contest Round 4 of the YOGG Rotax Max Challenge of New Zealand in the brand new Arrow X3 Chassis supplied by Right Karts, which turned out to be a weapon.ConnorTokoR4.jpg

The weekend started as usual on the Friday with practice and we had an unbelievable south island type sunshine day with bitter cold breezes. It was the usual suspects again nothing separated us between both Kinsman boys on the stop watch with fellow Arrow team mate Mason Armstrong not far behind. In all seriousness we needed more speed which we would hopefully find with a few tweaks overnight.

6am and Saturday has arrived. After a few more test sessions in the morning we got straight into Qualifying. The kart felt really, really good on the new tyres and I was able to punch out quick consistent laps quicker than the rest and after the first 5 minutes I was on top and to my surprise by a healthy margin too. In the 2nd qualifying I was able to go even quicker and grab pole position from Daniel Kinsman, Mason Armstrong and Mathew Kinsman 4th. Lastly on Saturday we had One 12 lap heat to complete. Mason and Myself had a blisteringly quick start on the inside row and got the jump, we then controlled the race from there and cruised to the finish as our rivals battled in the pack.

Sunday morning brought the weather with it, the track soaked and drizzle in the air, I was thinking "oh yes that's just what I want!'' (Sarcasm). Luckily the weather sorted itself out but the first heat of the day (Heat 2) was on wets and it was allot wetter than I thought and even with an almost dry setup the kart handled excellent and we managed to pull away from the rest of the field and have a comfortable win. Again Arrow team mate Mason 2nd. Connor TokoR4-2.jpg

The track took so long to dry it threw some people off but with 2 breaks in before our Prefinal it gave the track a chance to dry off. With damp and wet patches on the track once again being on pole I got a good jump on the first lap but unfortunately as my lines were slightly different to most people's down the bottom end of the circuit, the dry line was forming on a line that had never used before, so with a few  changes to my driving style and lines I was able to pull away from the rest of the field for another comfortable win and another Arrow 1 -2 with Armstrong 2nd.

After such a good run so far I was hoping my luck hadn't run out but with all the bad luck so far in the series I'm sure all my bad luck is over, well hopefully. Starting the final from pole again I got another awesome jump and great first lap which gave me a nice gap to 2nd, which I built on for the rest of the race. Lap traffic came into it and a few yellow flags but was a bit of a boring race at my end. Unfortunately Mason got ran over in the first lap and went to the back of the pack, and had an outstanding drive back up to 7th. After the 27 laps the flag dropped and another win for the NAC Insurance / Right Karts backed Arrow X3.Connor Toko R4-3.jpg

Fastest in both qualifying sessions, Pole position, Won all the heats, fastest in the all the heats, won the Prefinal and final by 3 seconds plus fastest lap in both. It was a fantastic debut for the new Arrow X3 and terrific for my points. Now 3rd overall and 6 points behind the lead.

Massive thank you to Right Karts for the new X3 Chassis and also to NAC Insurance for your help too, Thanks to my mechanic Peter Welch, New Zealand Racer magazine, Helensville Gym and YOGG for sponsoring the 2013 Rotax Max Challenge of New Zealand.

Photos credit: Tony Chambers/Daniel Connor

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