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GRANT BACK TO HIS BEST IN HAWKE'S BAY

 

Long-time category standard bearer Ryan Grant was back to his best at the second round of this year's ProKart Series in the Hawke's Bay over the weekend.15ProKartRnd2HBKZ2RyanGrantlr-1.jpg

 

Aucklander Grant dominated the premier KZ2 class at the Hastings' meeting, qualifying quickest and winning all four class races from teammate, and round one class winner, Graeme Smyth.

 

Smyth was never far behind - the difference between P1 and P2 in qualifying was just 0.028 of a second - and continues to lead the series points standings in the KZ2 class, albeit now just four ahead of Grant and five ahead of reigning South Island class sprint title holder Chris Cox from Rangiora.

 

The young gun battle pack behind Grant and Smyth got even bigger in the Hawke's Bay with Aaron Wilson, Rollo Davies, Mitchell Brown and Kent Wheeler joined by Tokoroa ace Bradley Tremain.

 

Top local driver Tom Curran  was again the early pace-setter in the KZ2 Masters class but luck deserted him on Sunday, the Hawke's 15ProKartRnd2HBKZ2MastersMarkWheelerlr-1.jpgBay driver breaking a gear lever linkage in the Pre-Final and suffering engine problems in the Final.

 

In his place Aucklander Mark Wheeler stepped up to win both the Pre-Final and Final, the latter from former Stock Car ace Graeme Lambert from Mangakino, and gearbox category stalwart Grant Kugener from Nelson.

 

However, Curran's winning form at the opening round of the ProKart Series in Rotorua a fortnight ago means he still holds the series lead, with Mark Wheeler second, Grant Kugener third and Jared Mackenzie fourth.

 

Auckland driver Garry Cullum remained unbeaten, meanwhile, in the KZ2 Restricted class, despite the best efforts of young guns Connor Adam and Gerhard Benadie. 15ProKartRnd2HBKZ2RestrictedGarryCullumlr-1.jpg

 

Finally, the big story in the Vortex Mini ROK junior support class was North Island champion Josh Parkinson's drive in the Final. Parkinson set the second quickest qualifying time and won the first heat but couldn’t get his kart to start in either the second heat or the Pre-Final, meaning he had to start the Final from the back of the grid.

 

He kept his head though, working his way from P13 to the front with half the race to spare.

 

KartSport Mt Wellington club mate Billy Frazer set a new class track lap record (35.310) on his way to a frantic fifth place in the Pre-Final then followed Parkinson (who set another class track record of 35.071) home in the Final with Fynn Osborne from Hamilton fourth and series class points leader Ryan Wood fifth.15ProKartRnd2HBVortexMiniROKJoshParkinsonlr-1.jpg

 

This year's ProKart Series is again twinned with the New Zealand Rotax Max Challenge, with over 100 karters from as far afield as Dunedin and Whangarei making the trip to Hawke's Bay to compete across the two series over the weekend.

 

Both series resume over the May 09-10 weekend at Holsters TradeZone Raceway in Tokoroa.

 

CAPTIONS:

KZ2 class stalwart Ryan Grant (#64) was back to his winning best at the second ProKart Series round in the Hawke's Bay over the weekend. Stepping up in the KZ2 Masters class was Auckland driver Mark Wheeler (#61). Garry Cullum (#96) completed a clean sweep in KZ2 Restricted, and Final winner in the Vortex Mini ROK support class was Josh Parkinson (#NI). Photo credit: Fast Company/Graham Hughes

 

2015 ProKart Series

Results

Cable Systems KZ2

Round placings

1. Ryan Grant; 2,  Graeme Smyth; 3. Chris Cox; 4. Rollo Davies; 5. Kent Wheeler; 6. Mitch Brown.        

Series points after Rnd 2 of 6

1. Graeme Smyth 179 points; 2. Ryan Grant 175; 3. Chris Cox 174, 4. Rollo Davies 170; 5. Aaron Wilson 167; 6. Mitch Brown 166.

 

KZ2 Masters

Round placings

1. Mark Wheeler; 2. Grant Kugener; 3. Graeme Lambert; 4=. Tom Curran & Leo Bilt; 6=. Jared Mackenzie & Garry Claxon

Series points after Rnd 2 of 6

1. Tom Curran 178; 2. Mark Wheeler 176; 3. Grant Kugener 174; 4. Jared Mackenzie 171; 5. Graeme Lambert 169; 6. Leo Bult 165

 

KZ2 Restricted

Round placings

1. Garry Cullum; 2. Connor Adam; 3. Gerhard Benadie; 4. Shaun Curran; 5. Simon Adam

Series placings

1. Garry Cullum 184 points; 2. Connor Adam 176; 3. Gerhard Benadie 172; 4. Shaun Curran 171; 5. Simon Adam 84.

 

Vortex Mini ROK

Round placings

1. Connor Davison; 2=. Fynn Osborne & Ryan Wood; 4. Tom Greig; 5=. Billy Frazer & Sam Wright

Series points after Rnd 2 of 6

1. Ryan Wood 177 points; 2. Connor Davison 174; 3=. Billy Frazer & Josh Parkinson 172; 5=. Fynn Osborne & Sam Wright 170.

 

Calendar
Rnd 1: Sat- Sun Jan 31-Feb 01 The Rock FM Raceway Rotorua

Rnd 2: Sat-Sun Feb 14-15 Chemz Raceway Hastings

Rnd 3: Sat-Sun May 09-10 Holsters TradeZone Raceway Tokoroa

Rnd 4: Sat-Sun Jun 13-14 Fagan's Valley Raceway Te Puke

Rnd 5: Sat-Sun Aug 15-16 Strata Networks Raceway Auckland

Rnd 6: Sat-Sun Sept 12-13 AgriSea Raceway Hamilton


Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the 2015 ProKart Series contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at ross@fastcompany.co.nz

 
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