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ROTAX CHALLENGE SERIES GOES DOWN TO THE WIRE THIS WEEKEND

 

This year's Rotax Max Challenge series is going down to the wire in Auckland this weekend with margins still tight in three of the four classes. 14RotaxMaxChallengeRnd5HastingsRotaxHeavyTiffanyChittenden-1 jpg1.jpg

 

With four trips to the Rotax category's 16th annual Grand Final meeting in Spain in November - not to mention spot prizes including Arai crash helmets, Irwin Tools and product from Schwarzkopf, Right Karts and Logitech - still riding on the results there's plenty to fight for.

 

In the Logitech 125cc Rotax Max Light class Daniel and Mathew Kinsman from Auckland are now separated by just two points after Mathew beat younger brother Daniel at the penultimate round.

 

Third and fourth places are also close with Daniel Connor from Helensville 35 points behind Mathew Kinsman in third but only seven points ahead of Cambridge's Andy Schofield who is fourth.

 

Having accepted an invitation to contest the CIK-FIA World Junior Karting Championships meeting in Italy this weekend, fast-rising young Christchurch international Marcus Armstrong is, unfortunately, going to miss the meeting, and possibly the chance to again represent New Zealand at the Grand Final (he is the defending Arai Junior Max class winner). 14RotaxMaxChallengeRnd5HastingsRotaxJuniorDylanDrysdale-1.jpg

 

Long-time rival, Dylan Drysdale, who he beat to win the Junior class last year, is in the box seat to win his class at the Auckland final this weekend, but he will have to be careful because not only has Armstrong got a good lead (13 points), Caleb Huston from Taupo (who claimed a breakthrough class win at the penultimate series round at Hastings last month) and Taylor Harte from Mount Maunganui are tied in third place just five points behind Drysdale.

 

Things are a little more clear-cut in the Platinum Glass 125cc Rotax Max Heavy/Masters class with long-time leader Ryan Urban sitting out the final round thanks to an unassailable lead in both categories. Young gun Zach Zaloum is also safe at the head of the under 32 (the Masters cut-off age) queue. Behind these two though  only two poonts separate the next two Masters class competitors, Aucklander Aarron Cunningham and now Christchurch-based British female driver Tiffany Chittenden.

 

Behind them, meanwhile, there is only ten points between fifth placed Ryan Bailey from Auckland, and former NZ Rotax Max Challenge14RotaxMaxChallengeRnd3HamLightsDanielConnor-1.jpg class winner and representative, Niki Urwin from Tauranga.

 

There will be racing at KartSport Auckland's Strata Networks track at Rosebank Domain on both days this weekend with qualifying and the first heats on Saturday and the balance of the heats, pre-Final and Final on Sunday.

 

With the final round of the 2014 Pro Kart Series also being decided at the meeting it will be one of the biggest on the Auckland karting calendar with over 100 karters from across the country competing.

 

CAPTIONS

Still chasing points for position upgrades at the final round of the 2014 Rotax Max Challenge New Zealand kart race series in Auckland this weekend will be Tiffany Chittenden (#9) in Platinum Glass 125cc Rotax Max Heavy, Dylan Drysdale (#20) in Arai Helmets Rotax Max Junior and Daniel Connor (#96). Photo credit: Fast Company/Graham Hughes

 

Logitech 125cc Rotax Max Light

Points after Rnd 5 of 6
1. Daniel Kinsman 438 points; 2 Mathew Kinsman 436; 3. Daniel Connor 401; 4. Andy Schofield 394; 5. Mason Armstrong 350; 6. Rhys Tinney 345
  

Arai Helmets 125cc Rotax Junior Max

Points after Rnd 5 of 6
1. Marcus Armstrong 421 points; 2. Dylan Drysdale 408; 3=. Caleb Huston 403; 3=. Taylor Harte 403; 5. Trey Nairn 398; 6. Michael McCulloch 388

 

Platinum Glass 125cc Rotax Max Heavy/Masters*

Points after Rnd 5 of 6
1. Ryan Urban* 451 points; 2. Zach Zaloum 421; 3. Aarron Cunningham* 408; 4. Tiffany Chittenden* 406; 5. Ryan Bailey 381; 6. Niki Urwin* 371

 

Calendar
Rnd 1: Sun Feb 22-23 Manawatu Toyota Raceway Palmerston North

Rnd 2: Sat-Sun March 15-16 The Rock FM Raceway Rotorua

Rnd 3: Sat-Sun May 17-18 AgriSea Raceway Hamilton

Rnd 4: Sat-Sun June 07-08 Fagan's Valley Raceway Te Puke

Rnd 5: Sat-Sun August 16-17 Chemz Raceway Hastings

Rnd 6: Sat-Sun September 20-21 Strata Networks Raceway Auckland


Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the 2014 Rotax Max Challenge New Zealand supported by Schwarzkopf Professional contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at ross@fastcompany.co.nz

 
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