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By Jeanette Smyth, KartSport Auckland

Auckland Anniversary weekend (Jan 27-29) will see Kartsport Auckland's annual event, The Lascom Motorsport City of Sails 2-Day Challenge, kick off the club's karting calendar for 2018 on Saturday and Sunday.17ROKCupLoganManson582lr-2 (002).jpg

For the second year running this event will also be the first round of the New Zealand ROK Cup NZ Series.

The ROK Cup has two classes; Cadet ROK - drivers aged 7-11yrs and Vortex Mini ROK - drivers aged 9-13yrs.  At the end of the series the Cadet  ROK winner will receive a new ROK engine, while the winner of Vortex Mini ROK will be travelling to the ROK Cup International Finals being held in Lonato, Italy during October.

Both classes are looking to be hotly contested at The City of Sails event with drivers travelling from as far afield as Wellington and Nelson. Current North Island Champion Jay Urwin from Tokoroa heads the field in Cadets and Manawatu's Logan Manson is returning to defend his 2017 Mini ROK Series title.

In the other junior class, Junior Rotax - aged 12-17yrs - a top field has also been assembled.  Headed by current North and South Island champions, Ryan Crombie and William Exton respectively, the local drivers will have to pull out all stops to reach the podium.17NthIsChampsCadetROKJayUrwin-1 (002).jpg

Senior classes include Clubsport 120, Rotax Light, Rotax DD2 and KZ2.  Senior drivers range in age from 15 right up to close to 60 - although some of the more senior seniors will deny this!

Of the senior classes Clubsport 120 would be the slowest; however due to the parity of engines in this class it provides some of the closest and most entertaining racing.

KZ2 is the quickest; 125cc water cooled engines with a six-speed gearbox.  KZ2 is also the only class in karting that has a standing start - spectacular!

Racing at the  Lascom Motorsport City of Sails event will commence following practice runs at around 11.00am on both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday sees qualifying and two heats.  Heat 3, Pre-Finals and Finals will be run on the Sunday.

Admission is free.

CAPTION: Levin’s Logan Manson (#582) contesting the ROK Cup International Final in Italy last year. (Photo credit: Fast Company/Umberto Fraenkel). And Jay Urwin from Tauranga competing in the Cadet ROK class at the North Island Championships at KartSport Hamilton in October 2017.  Photo credit: Fast Company/Graham Hughes 

2018 ROK Cup NZ


Rnd 1: Jan 27-28 Lascom Motorsport City of Sails, KartSport Auckland
Rnd 2: March 30-April 01 Giltrap Group NZ Sprint Championships, KartSport Rotorua
Rnd 3: June 03 Manawatu & TRC Toyota WPKA  Championships, KartSport Manawatu
Rnd 4: July 14-15 NZ Schools Championships, KartSport Hawke's Bay


Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the Lascom Motorsport City of Sails 2-Day Challenge meeting or the 2018 ROK Cup NZ series contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at ross@fastcompany.co.nz




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