Impressive young Pukekohe karter Matthew Payne leads the Kiwi charge at the final series round of this season's Australian Rotax Max Challenge Pro Tour at Puckapunyal in inland Victoria this weekend.Coopers-Photography_Trophy-Class-Matthew-Payne-NZ.jpg

Fresh from his breakthrough Junior Max class win at the penultimate round of the New Zealand Challenge in Auckland last weekend the 12-year-old crosses the Tasman with a narrow lead in the points standings in the Junior Trophy class.

Having won his class at three of the previous five meetings in Australia this year Payne is one of three drivers in the hunt for the series' win and with it a trip to the United States to compete at the big US Open meeting in Las Vegas in late October.

As many as seven Kiwi karters have contested rounds of this year's Rotax Pro Tour in Australia but this weekend Payne is the only resident driver making the trip. Expat Josh Drysdale will however be racing at the meeting, the former Palmerston North driver currently ninth overall in the DD2 class. 

This weekend's meeting is the final in the Pro Tour series but a stand-alone Grand Final meeting will also be held at Ipswich in Queensland in early October.

CAPTION: Young Kiwi karter Matthew Payne (#96) will be fighting to retain his lead in the Junior Trophy class at the final series round of this season's Australian Rotax Pro Tour at Puckapunyal in Victoria over the weekend. 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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