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Winners are grinners and there were no bigger smiles than those on the faces of Juniors Riley Jack and Asten Addy at the annual Manawatu & TRC Toyota WPKA Championships kart race meeting in Palmerston on Sunday.wpkachamps17r jack.jpg

Local lad Jack stepped up to dominate the Junior Rotax class, winning three of the five heats - from fellow Palmerston North young gun Jackson Rooney and Hawke's Bay driver Zac Stichbury - as well as the standalone class Grand Prix race, from Rooney and top New Plymouth driver Thomas Boniface.

Hamiltonian Asten Addy, also stepped up at the one-day WPKA Championships season-ending meeting at the KartSport Manawatu club's Manawatu Toyota Raceway, claiming three heat wins of his own to top score in the Vortex Mini ROK class. He also finished fifth in a hectic Vortex Mini ROK Grand Prix race won by on-the-day class runner-up Levin driver Logan Manson from and Liam Sceats from Auckland.

The annual Championships event was held in cool, crisp conditions, making kart set-up tricky on a track which did not warm up until later in the day.

That didn’t stop drivers from all over the North Island who had entered the meeting putting on some of the best racing seen over the Goldstar series.1617GoldstarChampRndVortexMiniROKAstenAddy13leads.jpg

So close was it in the Cadet ROK class that the final result had to go to a countback, after fast-rising Hawke's Bay driver Tom Bewley tied on points with Pukekohe driver Emerson Vincent.  It was Bewley's day though, the youngster from Havelock North also winning the class Grand Prix, from Vincent and current class North Island champion, Kiahn Burt.

Jacob Cranston, meanwhile,  was the class of the Seniors in Open, winning all five heats as well as the Open GP race. Second in Open was former New Zealand Rotax Max Grand Final representative Niki Urwin, third Clint Beaumont.

Beaumont also finished second to Cranston in the Open GP race with fellow Palmerston North driver Ashley Higgins third.

Two wins, a second and two thirds gave former Christchurch, now Auckland-based female driver Olivia Yardley a popular win the Senior Rotax class from local drivers Jaden Hardy and John Wallace.1617GoldstarChampRndlargecombinedClubSport120BriggsLO206fieldstart.jpg

Another local ace, Braden Parsons, again proved to be the driver to beat in the ClubSport 120 class with three wins from five starts. However, it was Wellington's Brent Melhop who was quickest of the Briggs and Stratton LO206 class drivers in the combined races, seeing off Shaun Hibbs from Hawke's Bay and finishing an impressive second overall behind ClubSport 120 driver Chris Parkinson in the ClubSport Grand Prix race. 

CAPTIONS: Manawatu & TRC Toyota WPKA class winners at the Championships meeting at Palmerston North on Sunday included Riley Jack (#31 Junior Rotax), Asten Addy (#13 Vortex Mini ROK), and Jacob Cranston (#31 Open). The racing was close, meanwhile, in the combined ClubSport120/Briggs LO206 class. Photo credit: Fast Company/Vicky Jack


2016/17 Manawatu & TRC Toyota WPKA Championships RESULTS

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1. Tom Bewley; 2. Emerson Vincent; 3. Hugo Neale; 4. Kiahn Burt; 5.25. Judd Christianson; 6. Jay Urwin.

Vortex Mini ROK
1. Asten Addy; 2. Logan Manson; 3. Liam Sceats; 4. Ben Stewart; 5. Ayrton Williams; 6. Harry Bewley.

Rotax Light/Heavy
1. Olivia Yardley; 2.  Jaden Hardy; 3.  John Wallace; 4. Cam Jamieson; 5. James Higgins; 6. Ashton Baird.

Briggs LO206
1. Brent Melhop; 2. Shaun Hibbs; 3. Michael Love; 4. Hadleigh Coffey; 5. Shaun Croskery; 6. Shane Sayer.                 

ClubSport 120
1. Braden Parsons; 2. Stephen Palmer; 3. Brent Hickmott; 4. Brent Robinson; 5. Chris Parkinson; 6. Ondrej Macek.            

1.  Jacob Cranston; 2. Niki Urwin; 3. Clint Beaumont; 4. Ashley Higgins; 5. Glen Fage; 6. Brendon King.

Junior Rotax
1. Riley Jack; 2. Jackson Rooney; 3. Zac Stichbury; 4. Ronan Murphy; 5. Jackson Whitfield; 6. Nathan Dahm     

Senior GP
1. Jacob Cranston 8:43.700
2. Clint Beaumont +4.801      
3. Ashley Higgins +14.953    
4. John Wallace +17.712        
5. Brendon King +21.190      
6.  James Higgins +21.991

ClubSport GP
1. Chris Parkinson 10:46.616
2. Brent Melhop +0.316
3. Brent Robinson +3.638      
4. Braden Parsons +3.797      
5. Brendon Print +4.335
6. Ondrej Macek +7.328

Junior GP
1. Riley Jack 7:31.612
2. Jackson Rooney +3.166      
3. Thomas Boniface +3.657
4. Ronan Murphy +4.438
5. Zac Stichbury +9.411
6. Jamie van den Berk +18.544

Vortex Mini ROK GP
1. Logan Manson 8:33.882
2. Liam Sceats +0.118            
3. Harry Bewley +3.276        
4. Jenson Bate +3.909
5. Asten Addy +4.717
6. Ben Stewart +6.694

Cadet GP
1. Tom Bewley 8:30.456
2.  Emerson Vincent +6.251  
3. Kiahn Burt +6.533
4. Judd Christianson +11.128
5. Jay Urwin +15.271
6. Hayden Lines +25.955

CALENDAR 2016/17 Manawatu & TRC Toyota WPKA Goldstar Series

Rnd 1 Nov 20 2016 Todd Energy Raceway Waitara Taranaki
Rnd 2 March 05 2017 George Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Raceway Kaitoke Wellington
Rnd 3 May 07 2017 Chemz Raceway Roy's Hill Hastings Hawke's Bay
WPKA Championships June 04 2017 Manawatu Toyota Raceway Palmerston North Manawatu


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

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