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This year's Giltrap Group New Zealand Rotax Max Challenge kart series is set to roar back into life this weekend with the KartSport Wellington club hosting the third double-header round of the season at its George Refrigeration & Air16NZRotaxChallRnd3RotDD2MastersRyanUrbanlr-1 (2).jpg Conditioning Raceway at Kaitoke.

It's been over three months since the second double-header round of the 2016 series in Rotorua and series spokesperson Tony Chambers says everyone involved is looking forward to the Wellington return.

"It's a great club and a great track and right now some of our best young drivers are from there so it's going to be good to get back there, for sure."

After the first two double-header rounds (in Palmerston North in February and Rotorua in April) the points remain close in all five classes.

In Rotax Max Light defending class title holder Daniel Connor from Auckland has a one point lead over last year's Rotax Junior class title holder and fellow 2015 New Zealand representative Dylan Drysdale from Palmerston North. Just five points, meanwhile, separate current points runner-up Josh Hart from Palmerston North from points leader, Aucklander Mat Kinsman, in DD2.

Campbell Joyes from Hamilton has a nine-point buffer on runner-up Keith Wilkinson from Auckland in Rotax Max Heavy,16NZRotaxChallRnd3RotHeavyCampbellJoyeslr-1 (2).jpg while 10 points separate top Rotax Junior driver Matthew Payne from Pukekohe and runner-up Ryan Wood from Wellington. 

Wood is the best placed local but he, Payne and third-placed Reece Hendl-Cox from Rotorua have one of the other local stars, top female karter Rianna O'Meara-Hunt, snapping at their heels. 

One of the series' other fast females, former UK Rotax series class winner and dual UK/NZ representative Tiffany Chittenden, is in second place in DD2 Masters behind 2015 NZ class and Grand Finals winner Ryan Urban.

Wellington sisters Ashleigh and Madeline Stewart, who this year have been contesting both the Australian and New Zealand Rotax Challenge series, are also expected to feature in Rotax Max Light on their home track.

After this weekend's double-header round in Wellington the Giltrap Group Rotax Max Challenge concludes at a final double-header round in Hamilton over the September 10-11 weekend.16NZRotaxChallRnd2PNLightsDanielConnorlr-1.jpg

CAPTIONS: Drivers set to feature at the latest double-header round of this year's Giltrap Group New Zealand Rotax Max Challenge in Wellington this weekend include Ryan Urban (DD2 Masters #90) Campbell Joyes (Rotax Max Heavy #1) and Daniel Connor (Rotax Max Light #96) (Photo credit: Fast Company/Graham Hughes) and Rianna O'Meara-Hunt (Rotax Junior #69). (Photo credit Fast Company/Vicky Jack) 

2016 Giltrap Group New Zealand Rotax Max Challenge Points after Rnd 4 of 8

Rotax Max Light
1. Daniel Connor 346 points; 2. Dylan Drysdale 345; 3. Kaleb Currie 328; 4. Chris Cox 319; 5. Jacob Cranston 317; 6. Caleb Huston 306.

Rotax Max Heavy
1. Campbell Joyes 357 points; 2. Keith Wilkinson 348; 3. Daniel Bugler 323; 4.  Sam Carpenter 309; 5. Kevin Barker 306; 6. Teddy Bassick 302.

1. Mat Kinsman 353 points; 2. Josh Hart 348; 3. Daniel Bray 335; 4. Dylan Drysdale 309; 5. James Blair 303; 6. CJ Sinclair 296.

DD2 Masters
1. Ryan Urban 364 points; 2. Tiffany Chittenden, 336; 3. Karl Wilson 333; 4. Callum Orr 322; 5. Stuart Marshall 321; 6. Aarron Cunningham 317.

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1. Matthew Payne 343 points; 2. Ryan Wood 333; 3. Reece Hendl-Cox 319; 4. Madeline Stewart 309; 5. Rianna O'Meara-Hunt 303; 6. Jaden Ransley 302.


Rnds 1 & 2: Sat- Sun Feb 20-21 Manawatu Toyota Raceway, Palmerston North
Rnds 3 & 4: Sat-Sun April 23 & 24 KartSport Rotorua International Raceway, Mamaku, Rotorua
Rnds 5 & 6 Sat-Sun August 20 & 21: George Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Raceway, Rimutaka Wellington
Rnds 7 & 8: Sat-Sun Sept 10 & 11 AgriSea Raceway, Hamilton

2016 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals: October 16-22 Sarno Italy


Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the 2016 Giltrap Group New Zealand Rotax Max Challenge contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at

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