The Kiwi squad contesting this year's Australian Rotax Pro Tour is back to full strength with seven of the country's top category karters entered at the fourth round at Warwick in Queensland this weekend.Matthew-Payne_Junior-Max-Tr.gif

Heading the charge is young Auckland ace Matthew Payne who is currently second in the Junior Max Trophy class points standings after claiming a second class round win at the third round of the series last month.

Also impressive, and heading into the weekend fourth in the Junior Max class is Palmerston North 15-year-old Dylan Drysdale who qualified second quickest and won two heats at the third round.

Joining Payne and Drysdale at the Sandy Creek kart track at Warwick in inland Queensland, are the Stewart sisters, Ashleigh and Madeline, from Wellington, Brendon Hart from Palmerston North and Aarron Cunningham from Auckland.

Ashleigh and Madeline contested the full Pro Tour last year in the Junior Trophy class and this year Madeline has moved to the Junior Max class, Ashleigh to Rotax Max Light.15AustRotaxProTourJnrRotaxDylanDrysdale-1.jpg

Aarron Cunningham is another series regular and currently lies ninth in the points standings in the DD2 Masters after impressing with sixth quickest time in qualifying and his best finish so far in Australia this year, third in the first heat, at the third round last month.

Brendon Hart completes the resident Kiwi lineup and will run in the Rotax Max Heavy class at Warwick this weekend while Dylan Drysdale's older brother Josh, who is now living and working in Australia, will compete in the DD2 class. 

Matthew Payne (#96) from Auckland and Dylan Drysdale (#70) from Palmertson North are two of the seven-strongDD2 Masters_Coopers Photography.JPG contingent of Kiwi karters contesting the fourth round of Australia's Rotax Por Tour at Warwick in Queensland this weekend. Also competing (in the DD2 Masters class pictured here) is Aucklander Aaron Cunningham. Photo credit: Fast Company/Coopers Photography

2015 Australian Rotax Pro Tour Calendar

Rnd 1: Todd Road Melb, Vic 23-25 Jan
Rnd 2: Dubbo NSW 20-22 March
Rnd 3: Wodonga, VIC 1-3 May
Rnd 4: Warwick QLD 5-7 June
Rnd 5: Eastern Creek NSW 17-19 July
Rnd 6: Puckapunyal VIC 21-23 August
Grand Final: Ipswich NSW 2-4 October

Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the 2015 Australian Rotax Pro Tour contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at

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