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With this year's series final being hosted by the KartSport Mt Wellington club this Sunday, spectators impressed by the15TopHalfSeriesRnd2RotaxLightRhysTinneyleadsDanjelaHaigh-1 (2).jpg kart demonstrations and celebrity races at the CRC Speedshow at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds last weekend have an opportunity to see many of the same drivers competing at their home track.

Tucked away in the shadow of Mt Wellington at 29b Tainui Rd, the tight, sinuous little Windward Properties Raceway track continues to test drivers over 50 years since the first meeting was held there.

In those 50+ years the track has tested the mettle of most of the country's current generation of motorsport stars including Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon, World Karting Champion and Indy Lights class title holder Wade Cunningham and GP2 class champion Mitch Evans, all three making their competition debut there.

This year the series is as close as ever with as many as 20 drivers still vying for the points lead across seven classes.

Three Senior classes will be contested this weekend.15TopHalfSeriesRnd2FormulaJuniorHunterCheetham-1 (2).jpg

In 125cc Rotax Max Light Rhys Tinney from Hamilton and Taylor Harte from Mount Maunganui are fighting for the top spot while in 125cc Rotax Max Heavy Caleb Hartley from Auckland and class veteran Darren Aislabie from Rotorua finished one-two at the penultimate round at Hamilton.

Stephen Muggeridge from Whakatane, meanwhile, is one of the title favourites in Raket 120.

It's just as close in the Junior classes, with the series' top female driver, Rianna O'Meara-Hunt from Wellington, fighting back after a low-scoring Whangarei round with a win at Hamilton over Alex Newlove from Tauranga in Formula Junior, and Hamilton's Osborne brothers, Fynn and Clay two of the drivers to watch in their classes.

In Vortex Mini ROK the older of the two, Fynn, finished second in Hamilton to now two-time class National Schools' champion Ryan Wood. While in Cadet ROK Fynn's younger brother Clay won at Hamilton from young Auckland drivers Liam Sceats and Mason Potter, who won the National Schools Cadet ROK title in Dunedin recently.15TopHalfSeriesRnd2VortexMiniROKLouisRedshaw-1 (2).jpg

There will be testing at the track on Saturday with tuning runs starting at 9.00am on Sunday and racing to follow.

More information on this year's CRC Speedshow Top Half series can be found on KartSport New Zealand's website and Facebook page 

CAPTIONS: Competing at the second round of the 2015 CRC Speedshow Top Half Series at Whangarei were Rhys Tinney (#20) and Danjela Haigh (#98), Hunter Cheetham (#41) and Louis Redshaw (#85). Photo credits: Fast Company/Alice Addy

2015 CRC Speedshow Top Half Series Calendar
Rnd 1: Sun April 19 Holsters Trade Zone Raceway Tokoroa
Rnd 2: Sun May 24 Business Coaching NZ Raceway Whangarei
Rnd 3: Sun June 28 Agrisea Raceway Hamilton
CRC Speedshow Sat-Sun July 18-19 ASB Showgrounds Auckland
Rnd 4: Sun July 26 Windward Properties Raceway, Mt Wellington, Auckland

Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the 2015 CRC Speedshow Top Half Series contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at








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