Aucklander Daniel Kinsman ended up the best of the Kiwis with a 13th place finish in the 125cc Rotax Max Light Senior final at the 13th annual Rotax Max Grand Finals kart race meeting in Portugal on Saturday.

Kinsman, representing New Zealand for the third time at a Rotax Max Grand Finals event, qualified 11th overall in his group (32nd overall) and finished 21st, 8th and 18th in his heat races to make the Finals day in 26th place.

He then finished 19th in the Pre-Final and 13th in the Final, in the latter case after making up most of the positions in an impressive opening lap charge.

Tauranga paraplegic Nike Urwin, driving the only hand-control kart at the event, was the only other Kiwi driver to finish a Final, crossing12RMGCPortugalDD2MastersNikiUrwin-1.jpg the line in 22nd spot in the DD2 Masters class race. Urwin qualified 16th in his group (22nd overall).

He had an 11-29-13 run through his heat races (retired with a mechanical issue in heat 2) and had to go to the second chance heat - in which he finished fourth - to get to the Finals, where he finished 22nd in both the Pre-Final and Final - albeit after getting as high as 14th place early on in the latter.

Christchurch's Scott Manson qualified 15th in his group (35th overall) and was 18th going into the Finals, but was the victim of contact in both the Pre Final (25th) and on lap 1 of the Final (DNF).

Daniel Kinsman's older brother Mathew had a mechanical issue on Day 1 and after qualifying 27th in his group (55th overall) endured a tough event and did not make it past the second chance heat in the DD2 class.

The Finals were won by Charlie Eastwood from Ireland (Senior) Ben Cooper from Canada (DD2), Christian Morgado from South Africa (DD2 Masters) and Harry Webb from the UK (Junior). The UK also won the Nations Cup with New Zealand 18th out of 53.

CAPTION: Niki Urwin from Tauranga on his way to 22nd spot in the DD2 Pre-Final at the 13th annual Rotax Challenge Grand Finals meeting at Portimao on Saturday. Photo credit: Fast Company/Rotax

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


For more info from the event check the following links:

 CLICK HERE for a link to Video and Timing from the event.

 CLICK HERE for a link to Fiona Kibar's event Facebook page.

 CLICK HERE for a link to the Gen-i Kartstars NZ Rotax Max Challenge Facebook page.

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