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Last weekend Auckland karter Daniel Bray was competing in the United States. The weekend before, namesakes Daniel Kinsman from Auckland and Daniel Connor from Helensville were racing in Australia. This weekend all three will be back home contesting the third round of the 2013 YÖGG Rotax Max Challenge of New Zealand in the Bay of Plenty. 13RotaxR2RotDanielConnor-1.jpg

New Zealand was one of the first Rotax territories to run a national challenge series and send teams to the annual Grand Challenge events, the first of which was held in Puerto Rico in 2000. Before then most Kiwi karters were content racing at home.

Now, New Zealand drivers are regularly heading overseas, Bray  a three year veteran - and winner of the premier S1 class title in 2011- of the SuperKarts Pro Tour in the United States, Connor and Kinsman now regulars on Australia's Rotax Pro Tour circuit.

The experience is obviously doing them good because heading into this weekend's YÖGG Rotax Max Challenge of New Zealand round at the KartSport Bay of Plenty club's Fagan's Valley Raceway near Te Puke defending class title holder Daniel Kinsman heads the points standings in the premier Platinum Glass 125cc Rotax Max Light class.

Older brother Mathew - who has also competed overseas - is second, long-time class rival Daniel Connor third, young Auckland driver Reid Harker fourth and Daniel Bray equal sixth.13RotaxR2RotJuniorJordanMcDonnellleads-1.jpg

In the other classes Palmerston North drivers are leading the way, with young gun Dylan Drysdale two points up on Jordan McDonnell in Arai Helmets Junior Max and fellow KartSport Manawatu club member Brendon Hart sharing an early lead in both the Logitech 125cc Rotax Max Heavy class and Masters division with Aucklander Stuart Marshall.

This weekend's two-day meeting has again attracted a bumper Rotax class entry with over 60 drivers across three classes and from as far afield as Dunedin and Whangarei making the trip to Te Puke.

The round is the third of six in this year's Challenge series with subsequent ones set to be held in Tokoroa, the Hawke's Bay and Auckland.13RotaxR2RotHeavyJodyVincentleadsBrendonHart-1.jpg

Drivers to watch at this weekend's YÖGG Rotax Max Challenge of New Zealand round at Te Puke include Daniel Connor (#2) in Platinum Glass 125cc Rotax Max Light, Jordan McDonnell (#9) in Arai Helmets Junior Max and both Jody Vincent (# 10) and Brendon Hart (#69) in Logitech 125cc Rotax Max Heavy. Photo credit: Fast Company/Graham Hughes

2013 YÖGG Rotax Max Challenge of New Zealand

Points after Rnd 2 of 6
Platinum Glass 125cc Rotax Max Light
1. Daniel Kinsman 89 points
2. Mathew Kinsman 85
3. Daniel Connor 82
4. Reid Harker 81
5. Bradley Tremain 76
6=. James Penrose 74
6=. Mason Armstrong 74
6=. Nick Carpenter 74
6=. Daniel Bray 74

Arai Helmets Junior Max
1. Dylan Drysdale 89 points
2. Jordan McDonnell 87
3. Marcus Armstrong 85
4=. Campbell Joyes 83
4=. Maddy Wise 83
6. Jacob Cranston 78

Logitech 125cc Rotax Max Heavy
1=. Brendon Hart 89 points
1=. Stuart Marshall 89
3=. Aarron Cunningham 85
3=. Caleb Hartley 85
5. Jody Vincent 81
6. Teddy Bassick 77

Rnd 1: Feb 16 KartSport Manawatu
Rnd 2: Mar 09-10 Kartsport Rotorua
Rnd 3: April 20-21 Kartsport Bay of Plenty
Rnd 4: May 25-26th Kartsport Tokoroa
Rnd 5: Aug 17-18 Kartsport Hawke's Bay
Rnd 6: Sept 21-22 Kartsport Auckland

 Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about Kartsport in New Zealand contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail on ross@fastcompany.co.nz









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