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MORRISON MAKES HIS MARK AT EDGECUMBE

 

Series newcomer Douglas Harvey made him work for it, but KartSport Mt Wellington club member Ben Morrison claimed the most heat race wins at the third round of this year's CRC SpeedShow Top Half (kart) Series at Edgecumbe on Sunday.

 

Morrison was again the pace-setter in the new Vortex Mini ROK class and won four of the five heat races, conceding only one - the14CRCTopHalfRnd3JuniorDylanSmithTaylorHarteandDanielTalbot-1 jpg (2).jpg second - to Harvey.

 

By comparison only three other drivers out of the 120-strong entry across nine classes won more than two heat races apiece, with CJ Sinclair (Mt Wgtn) winning three of the five to top score in Open, Caleb Hartley (Tok) three of the five to claim the honours in 125cc Rotax Max Heavy and Steve Muggeridge (of host club KartSport Eastern Bay of Plenty) three of the five to beat Whangarei's Richard Macey and arch-rival (and fellow Eastern Bay of Plenty clubmate) Graham Knight to the top spot on the ClubSport 120 podium.

 

Daniel Harvey was not the only new series arrival to shake things up at the Edgecumbe round either. Aucklander Nathan Reid ended up third in 125cc Rotax Max Light after two seconds, two thirds and a fourth in the heats.

 

Closest points finish of the day, meanwhile, came in the Open class where young gun CJ Sinclair ended up just one point ahead of old14CRCTopHalf120Clubsportstart17MartinGleeson27SteveCarter-1 jpg (2).jpg hand Snow Mooney despite his three heat wins from five starts, Mooney winning the other two heats and finishing second Sinclair in the other three.

 

That, as it turned out, was the exception, however, with four different winners in Formula Junior, Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha, Cadet Raket and 125cc Rotax Max Light, and three in 125cc Rotax Max Heavy and Cadet ROK.

 

Other class winners at Edgecumbe were Fyn Osborne (Hamilton) in Cadet Raket, Cullern Thorburn (Rotorua) in Cadet ROK, Lee Zeltwanger (Mt Wgtn) in Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha, Suvarn Naidoo (Hamilton) in Formula Junior and Campbell Joyes (Hamilton) in 125cc Rotax Max Light.

 

The four round 2014 CRC SpeedShow Top Half Series concludes with a final round in Auckland on Sunday June 22.

 

CRC Speedshow is New Zealand's premier automotive and motorsport expo which this year will be held at Auckland's ASB14CRCTopHalfMiniVortexBenMorrison-1 jpg (2).jpg Showgrounds over the July 19-20 weekend. More information on this year's CRC Speedshow Top Half series can be found on KartSport New Zealand's website www.kartsport.org.nz/events/2014-top-half-series and Facebook page www.facebook.com/TopHalfSeries 

 

2014 CRC Speedshow  Top Half Kart Series

Round 3 Results

 

Cadet Raket

1. Fynn Osborne 150; 2. Blake Austin 142; 3. Billy Frazer 141; 4. Clay Osborne 138; 5. Connor Davison 134; 6. Jack Proctor 128.

 

Cadet ROK
1. Cullern Thornby 154; 2. Dylan Grant 151; 3. Gemma Winters 147; 4. Abbey Simcock 144; 5. Max Donnelly 140  6. Mason Potter 133

 

Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha
1. Lee Zeltwanger 151; 2. Matthew Payne 146; 3. Liam Lawson 142; 4. Brandon Lambert 140; 5. Rianna O'Meara-Hunt 139; 6. Adam Bell 129 

 

Vortex Mini ROK
1. Ben Morrison 159; 2. Douglas Harvey 156; 3. Riley Jack 148; 4. Heidi Benner 146.

Formula Junior
1. Suvarn Naidoo 154; 2. Dylan Smith 149; 3. Daniel Talbot 142; 4. Taylor Harte 142; 5. Joseph Terry 138; 6. Sebastian Noble 134

Class ClubSport 120
1. Steve Muggeridge 158; 2. Richard Macey 144; 3. Graham Knight 142; 4. Matt Hansen 135; 5. Cliff Walsh  127; 6. Keigan Young 127

 

125cc Rotax Max Light

1. Campbell Joyes 156; 2. Corey Green 154; 3. Nathan Reid 151; 4. Jordon Krissansen 140; 5. James Blair 136; 6. Jason Butterworth 131

 

125cc Rotax Max Heavy
1. Caleb Hartley 155; 2. Keith Wilkinson 150; 3. Brad Tyrrell 150; 4. Stuart Gould 143; 5. Andrew Grant 134; 6. Joe Ganley 130.

 

Open

1. CJ Sinclair 158; 2. Snow Mooney 157; 3. Johnny Bassick 150; 4. Teddy Bassick 144; 5. Peter Wrightson 140; 6. Josh Thompson 136 

 

CAPTIONS
Dylan Smith, Taylor Harte and Daniel Talbot battle it out in one of the Formula Junior heats. Waiting for starters orders is the 120 Clubsport field headed by Martin Gleenson (#17) and Steve Carter (#27). And Vortex Mini ROK class winner and series points leader Ben Morrison after another heat win. Photo credit: Fast Company/Emilee Wright.

 

Calendar
Rnd 1: Sun Feb 16 The Rock FM Raceway Mamaku Rotorua

Rnd 2: Sun March 09 AgriSea Raceway Hamilton

Rnd 3: Sunday March 30 KartZone Raceway Edgecumbe BoP

Rnd 4: Sunday June 22 Strata Networks Raceway, Rosebank Domain Auckland

Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the 2014 CRC Speedshow Top Half Series contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at ross@fastcompany.co.nz

 
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