New Zealand champ Daniel Kinsman had a weekend to forget at the latest round of Australia's Rotax Max Challenge Pro Tour at Dubbo in inland New South Wales.


Kinsman qualified seventh in the premier Rotax Light class but after crossing the finish line 12th in the first heat and ninth in the second, the torrential rain that swept the inland New South Wales track on Saturday finally got too much for his kart's engine and he was forced to retire from the third when it stopped and would not re-start. AustRotaxProTourRnd3PreviewPierceLehaneinwetRotaxLightheatrace-1.jpg


Better weather conditions on Sunday saw the young Kiwi work his way from 15th to eighth in the Pre-Final - setting the third quickest race lap in the process - but in the Final an incident early on the first lap meant he didn't get past the first corner.


Fellow Kiwis, sisters Madeline and Ashleigh Stewart from Wellington, enjoyed a better run in the Junior Trophy class. Though the unseasonably cold and wet conditions made the weekend one to endure rather than enjoy.


Madeline qualified sixth and carding a 12-9-6 run through the heats before finishing ninth in both the Pre-Final while Ashleigh qualified 15th and got as high as 12th in the heats before finishing 11th in the Pre-Final and 12th in the Final.


The weekend's round was the third of seven with the next at Lithgow in the Blue Mountains over the April 12-13 weekend.



Pierce Lehane was again the driver to beat in the premier Rotax Light class at the very wet third Pro Tour round at Dubbo. Photo credit: Fast Company/Coopers Photography

2013/14 Australian Rotax Pro Tour

Rnd 1: Albury/Wodonga Vic. Oct 25-27 2013
Rnd 2: Melbourne Vic. Jan 24-26 2014
Rnd 3: Dubbo NSW Feb 28-March 02 2014
Rnd 4: Lithgow NSW April 11-13 2014
Rnd 5: Geelong Vic. May 23-25
Rnd 6: Warwick Qld. June 20-12
Rnd 7:  Coffs Harbour NSW July 18-20 2014
Rotax Nationals Ipswich Qld Sept 04-07 2014


Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the 2013/14 Australian Rotax Max Challenge Pro Tour contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at ross@fastcompany.co.nz

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