wpka building champions greyfinal.jpg


ROONEY KEEPS HIS WINNING BAYLEYS GOLDSTAR 

CLASS RECORD INTACT

 

Young Palmerston North karter Jackson Rooney kept his winning record intact at the third round of the 2015/16 Bayleys WPKA Goldstar Series in Wellington on Sunday, claiming his third class win in a row with four heat race victories from five starts.1516BayleysGoldstarRnd3LiamSceats23SebastianManson22LouisSharpSI-1.jpg

Heading into the round, hosted by the KartSport Wellington club at its Wynn's Raceway facility at Kaitoke, Vortex Mini ROK class pace-setter Rooney was one of three drivers who had claimed class wins at both previous Bayley's Goldstar series rounds.

At Kaitoke though he ended up the only one to make it to three from three, with New Plymouth ace Brad Still slipping to second in the 125cc Rotax Max Light class behind Palmerston North driver James Higgins, and fast-rising young female driver Rianna O'Meara-Hunt ending up second on Sunday to fellow Wellingtonian Ryan Wood in the Formula Junior class with Tom Greig and Riley Jack from Palmerston North thrid and fourth respectively.

There was a familiar ring, meanhile, to the names of the drivers who finished seventh and eighth overall, Ronan Murphy and Zac Stichbury. Ronan is the son of former V8 Supercar ace and now television pundit Greg Murphy, while Stichbury is the son of Murphy's great kart and early car career rival, the late Ashley Stichbury.1516BayleysGoldstarRnd3FormulaJnrRyanWood40RiannaOMeara-Hunt69TomGreig44RileyJack31-1.jpg

The Cadet ROK class was all about Liam Sceats, the young Auckland driver claiming his second victory in as many rounds from Sebastian and Logan Manson, Mason Potter and first round winner Louis Sharp. He then made his weekend complete by winning the standalone Cadet ROK clsss Grand Prix race from Sharp and Sebastian Manson.

In the senior classes Palmerston North driver James Higgins came out on top in the 125cc Rotax Max Light class with three heat wins. Brad Still was second, Ethan Hourigan third.

After finishing second at the two previous rounds, meanwhile, Nelson driver Brendon Gridley went one better in 125cc Rotax Max Heavy, claiming a debut class round win from first round winner Ashley Higgins from Palmerston North and second round winner Kevin Barker.

There was also a new winner in the Open class, recent Junior class graduate Jacob Cranston from Palmerston North. He1516BayleysGoldstarRnd3RotaxLightJamesHiggins38BradStill33-1.jpg won two of the five heats to claim a close class victory from Jamie Gaskin and first round class winner Daniel Rine.

It was Rine who went on to win the standalone Senior GP race, however, from Gaskin, Cranston and Clint Beaumont.

Finally victory in the ClubSport 120 class went to  Braden Parsons from Brent Hickmott and Brenden Print.

KartSport Hawke's Bay was originally down to host Sunday's round but the club swapped the March 06 date with KartSport Wellington because of a previously unforeseen date clash with the Horse of The Year event in Hastings.

The Hawke's Bay club will now host the fourth round of the Bayleys WPKA Goldstar series on Sunday May 01.

CAPTIONS: Class winners at the third Bayleys WPKA Goldstar Series round in Wellington on Sunday included Liam Sceats (#23) from Auckland, Ryan Wood (#40) from Wellington and James Higgins (#38) from Palmerston North. Photo credit: Fast Company/Vicky Jack

CALENDAR

2014/15 Bayleys WPKA Goldstar Series
Rnd 1 Nov 08 2015 Todd Energy Raceway Waitara Taranaki
Rnd 2 Dec 06 2015 Manawatu Toyota Raceway Palmerston North Manawatu
Rnd 3 March 06 2016 Wynns Raceway Kaitoke Wellington
Rnd 4 May 01 2016 Chemz Raceway Roy's Hill Hastings Hawke's Bay

WPKA Championships June 05 2016 Todd Energy Raceway Waitara Taranaki


 

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



 

 
KartSport New Zealand