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Rianna O'Meara-Hunt will be one of the drivers to watch as the annual CRC Speedshow-sponsored Top Half kart series heads to Whangarei for the first time on Sunday. After a breakthrough round win in the Formula Junior class at the15RotaxMaxChallengeRotaxJnrRiannOmeara-Huntlr-1 (2).jpg opening round of this year's CRC Speedshow Top Half series at Tokoroa last month the talented teen makes the trip from her home in Wellington with a four point lead in the class points standings over the best of her male competitors, Auckland ace Matthew Payne.

Points-wise it is just as close in the other Junior age group classes, Vortex Mini ROK and Cadet ROK. Only two points separate first round winner Connor Davison from Fynn Osborne in Vortex Mini ROK and only three separate early season points leader Asten Addy and second-placed Logan Manson in Cadet ROK with third placed Kaden Probst a single point back in third.

In the Senior classes the racing was so close at the first round that there are points ties for first overall in two of the four classes, with Josh Hart from Palmerston North and Caleb Huston from Rotorua neck-and-neck in 125cc Rotax Max Light, and Jonathan Buxeda from Tuakau and Mitchell Beach from Hamilton the same in Open.

The KartSport Whangarei club has recently completed major track extensions/improvements at its Business Coaching NZ Raceway, paving the way for major regional series like the Top Half one to include it on its calendar for the first time.

For over 16 years now the interclub Top Half series has provided karters from Whangarei in the north to Tokoroa in the15RotaxMaxChallRotaxLightCalebHustonlr-1 (2).jpg south the chance to broaden their experience by racing at new tracks against different drivers.

They’ve got every incentive to do so this year too, the prize pool including $6000 in CRC product prizes, $5,000 in cash prizes, $1600 in cash draws, MG tyre giveaways and an Arai SK-6 helmet valued at $849 complete with helmet bag and $1000 custom paintjob by Headcase Designs.

As well as individual glory for the drivers, the clubs also compete against each other for the prestigious Roundabout Kart Shop Trophy.

After this weekend's round the series heads to Hamilton in June and Auckland in July.

CRC Speedshow is New Zealand's premier automotive and motorsport expo which this year will be held at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds over the July 18-19 weekend.

More information on this year's CRC Speedshow Top Half series can be found on KartSport New Zealand's website and Facebook page 

CAPTIONS: Rianna O'Meara-Hunt (#69) has an early Formula Junior class lead heading to the second round of the CRC Speedshow-backed Top Half kart series in Whangarei this weekend. Caleb Huston (#38) from Rotorua shares the points lead in the 125cc Rotax Max Light class with Palmerston North's Josh Hart. Photo credits: Fast Company/Graham Hughes

2015 CRC Speedshow Top Half Series
Points after Rnd 1 of 4

1. Jonathan Buxeda 150 points; 2. Mitchell Beach 150; 3. Scott Hancett 142.

Rotax Light sponsored by Pacific Kartsport
1. Josh Hart 152 points; 2. Caleb Huston 152; 3. Rhys Tinney 145

125cc Rotax Max Heavy sponsored by Right Karts
1. Mike Grimshaw 155; 2. Darren Walker 150; 3. Brendon Hart 149.

Racket 120 sponsored by WRB Karting Supplies
1. Steve Muggeridge 159 points; 2. Stephen Carter 148; 3. Richard Macey 144.

Formula Junior sponsored by Lascom Motorsport  
1. Rianna O’Meara-Hunt 147 points; 2. Matthew Payne 143;  3. Alex Newlove 142.

Vortex Cadet Rok  sponsored by Jeff Oliver Print Ltd
1. Asten Addy 148 points; 2. Logan Manson 145; 3. Kaden Probst 144

Vortex Mini ROK sponsored by Spartan 4 Toyota
1. Connor Davison 152 points; 2. Fynn Osborne 150; 3. Ryan Crombie 140.

Rnd 1: Sun April 19 Holsters Trade Zone Raceway Tokoroa
Rnd 2: Sun May 24 Business Coaching NZ Raceway Whangarei
Rnd 3: Sun June 28 Agrisea Raceway Hamilton
CRC Speedshow Sat-Sun July 18-19 ASB Showgrounds Auckland
Rnd 4: Sun July 26 Windward Properties Raceway, Mt Wellington, Auckland

Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the 2015 CRC Speedshow Top Half Series contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at






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