Superb Racing at City of Sails  


The Microbe Cars-sponsored City of Sails meeting at KartSport Auckland's Strata Networks Raceway in Auckland over the city's annual anniversary weekend was full of thrills, a couple of spills and superb racing.16cos 63 crombie and 6 richmond.jpg

For instance, it would be hard to beat the record of young Mason Potter. Not only did he successfully defend his 2015 City of Sails Cadet ROK title with five wins from five starts he also set a new class track lap record.

Rotax DD2 also saw a clean sweep; CJ Sinclair a clear winner of all races.  It went right down to the final to decide overall second and third placings, however, Sam Waddell holding off Liam Croudis.

Ashton Grant completed the other clean sweep of the two-day meeting in Rotax Junior; although it wasnt always easy.  He was chased all day by Taylor Hurst and Josh Parkinson and it was nail-biting stuff.

There was drama, meanwhile, in the other Senior classes.

In KZ2 Simeon Woolsey was clearly fastest all weekend; although Andrew Hunt wasnt far behind.  However a racing16coskzstart2.jpg infringement in the Final saw Woolsey lose the on-track win and hand the overall to Hunt, with Rollo Davies in third.

Rotax Light was full of mixed fortunes. After qualifying on pole Keith Wilkinson had two disastrous heats and while improving in the Pre-Final and winning the Final it was not enough to claim overall weekend class honours.  

That wasn't the end of it either. Kaleb Currie had a solid weekend and was on target to take overall honours when his rear bumper parted company a few laps from home in the Final. 

This handed the overall win to Jordan Baldwin with Suvarn Naidoo in third, both of whom had also had fairly solid results.

Consistency was the key to ClubSport 120, with Kerikeri dark horse, Steve Carter, ending up on the top step of the class podium. Carter didnt win a race all weekend but with his worst finish being only fourth it was his consistency which paid dividends.  16cos 25 macey_edited-1.jpg

Dean Oliver won all the races on track but a tech exclusion in the third heat meant he could only manage second overall.  Cliff Walsh was in third, pipping Brendon White by just one point.

In the Juniors, the Vortex Mini ROK class again delivered everything expected; the thrills, the spills and some superb racing with Ryan Crombie a clear winner, 10 points ahead of Blake Austin. 

Points were tight for the minor placings; just the one separating Josh Richmond, Dylan Grant, Breanna Morris and Clay Osborne.

The drive of the weekend came from Breanna Morris, who - having had a dismal qualifying which put her starting the heats off grid 19 - worked her way forward race by race to eventually win the Final by a substantial margin, giving the competition a lesson on wet weather driving into the bargain.

CAPTIONS: Josh Richmond #6 following Ryan Crombie #63. KZ2 start looks interesting! Richard Macey #25. Cameron Dennis #58.

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Cadet ROK
1. Mason Potter 5pts; 2. Hayden Bakkerus 15pts; 3. Luke Thompson 19pts; 4. Kaden Probst 19pts; 5. Liam Sceats 23pts; 6. Ayrton Williams 25pts

Vortex Mini ROK
1. Ryan Crombie 10pts; 2. Blake Austin 24pts; 3. Josh Richmond 25pts; 4. Dylan Grant 26pts; 5. Breanna Morris 27pts; 6. Clay Osborne 28pts

Rotax Max Junior
1. Ashton Grant 5pts; 2= Taylor Hurst & Josh Parkinson 15pts; 4. Nate Coyne 22pts; 5. Callum Hedge 27pts; 6. Brock Gilchrist 34pts

Clubsport 120
1. Steve Carter 13pts; 2. Dean Oliver 18pts; 3. Cliff Walsh 20pts; 4. Brendon White 21pts; 5. Richard Macey 24pts; 6. Lee Sefton 26pts

Rotax Max Light
1. Jordan Baldwin 21pts; 2. Kaleb Currie 25pts; 3. Suvarn Naidoo 25pts; 4. Taylor Harte 27pts; 5. Jason Butterworth 27pts; 6. Kyle Krissansen 28pts

Rotax DD2
1. CJ Sinclair 5pts; 2. Sam Waddell 13pts; 3. Liam Croudis 14pts; 4. Callum Gibbs 20pts; 5. Peter Wrightson 29pts; 6. Cameron Dennis 37pts

1. Andrew Hunt 12pts; 2. Simeon Woolsey 17pts; 3. Rollo Davies 21pts; 4. Connor Westbury 23pts; 5. Garry Claxton 23pts; 6. Glenn Ellis 28pts

Release from Jeanette Smyth, KartSport Auckland

Photo Credit: Heather Comer




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