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Still Anyone's Game as Rotax Series Heads To Hawke's Bay

Still Anyone's Game as Rotax Series Heads To Hawke's Bay This Weekend

It's still anyone's game in the three main classes as the 2013 YÖGG Rotax Max Challenge heads to the KartSport Hawke's Bay club's The Rock Raceway on the outskirts of Hastings this weekend for the penultimate series round.

Aucklander Daniel Kinsman and Palmerston North driver Dylan Drysdale are the points leaders in Platinum Glass 125cc Rotax Max and Arai Helmets Junior Max respectively but in each case it is by just one solitary point.

It's very much a family affair in the Lights class with Daniel's older brother Mathew second and long-time category rival Daniel Connor just five points further back after his breakthrough series win at Tokoroa in May.

Connor - who like Daniel Kinsman is also contesting Australia's Rotax Pro Tour series this year - was the big mover at Tokoroa, qualifying quickest and winning both Lights class heats as well as the Pre-Final and Final, the latter from Mathew Kinsman and young guns Reid Harker, Rhys Tinney and CJ Sinclair with Daniel Kinsman an uncharacteristic eighth.

Also impressive at Tokoroa was Auckland driver Mason Armstrong who qualified third quickest then finished second to Connor in the heats and Pre-Final before storming back up through the field from 20th to seventh in the Final after contact on the first lap.

The situation is similar in Arai Helmets Junior Max with Dylan Drysdale having claimed two class round wins but Christchurch driver Marcus Armstrong finishing second at the first two rounds then winning the class at the fourth.

Meanwhile, despite missing the opening round of this year's Challenge series, Aucklander Aarron Cunningham now leads the points standings in the Logitech 125cc Rotax Max Heavy class by nine points with early season pace-setter Brendon Hart from Palmerston North and Auckland driver Stuart Marshall locked in a battle for second in the Heavy class standings and first in the Masters (over 32 yrs) category which runs concurrently.

Series organizer Rights Karts is again helping add an extra buzz to this weekend's meeting by putting up $200 per class for the top qualifier in the Light, Heavy and Junior classes. There will be action on track both days with qualifying and the heats on Saturday and the Pre-Finals and Finals on Sunday.

This weekend's round is the fifth of six with the KartSport Auckland club to host the final at its Moselle Panel & Paint Raceway at Rosebank Domain over the September 21/22 weekend.


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