The return of a number of drivers led by the likes of internationals Josh Hart and Madeline Stewart has seen a record entry for the final round of this year’s Molecule ProKart Series in Hamilton this weekend.
“We thought we were doing well when we had over 40 at the Auckland round a fortnight ago, but we topped 50 for Hamilton earlier in the week, which is a record for us,” series promoter Steve Brown said last night.
All the key players from the penultimate round in Auckland are back at KartSport Hamilton’s Agrisea Raceway opposite the city’s airport this weekend, including top Australian driver Troy Loeskow.
As at the Auckland round Loeskow will be vying for a win in the premier Wifiplus KZ2 class with emphatic round winner and teammate in the N-Zed Motorsport squad, Dylan Drysdale, as well as series’ points threats Aaron Wilson and Mat Kinsman from Auckland.
Madeline Stewart, meanwhile, will be keen to prove that she can be as fast on a Kiwi track as she has been in a KZ2 in Australia this year. Local class young guns Taylor Harte and Bradley Hicks also impressed with their pace at Auckland with big things, in particular, expected from Bay of Plenty ace Harte this weekend.
In Aarque Group KZ2 Masters, meanwhile, Aucklander Andrew Hunt will be looking to claw back some points after being excluded from the Final at Auckland when he failed to follow the correct notification procedure when making an engine repair between races.
That left Glenn Ellis as the class round winner at Auckland with Enrico van der Griend assuming the series points lead from Tim Loughran from the Hawke’s Bay, and former points leader Andrew Hunt back in sixth.
Finally, defending title holder Garry Cullum from Auckland is again the odds-on favourite to claim another title in the Aarque Group KZ2 Restricted class though fellow Aucklanders Regan Hall – who claimed a breakthrough class victory at the Rotorua round – and Wellington pair Shaun Anderson and Jamie Pollock, are set to again keep him honest this weekend.
There will be action at Agrisea Raceway from 9.00am on both days with the Molecule ProKart Series sharing the limelight with the Giltrap Group New Zealand Rotax Max Challenge.
2017 Molecule ProKart Series, Points after Rnd 4 of 5
1. Dylan Drysdale 348 points; 2. Aaron Wilson 342; 3. Mat Kinsman 340; 4. Rhys Tinney 324; 5. Jordan Morris 319; 6. Caleb Huston 307.
Aarque Group KZ2 Masters
1. Enrico van der Griend 344; 2. Tim Loughran 341; 3. Brett Hollander 336; 4. Darren Aislabie 331; 5. John Enticott 327; 6. Andrew Hunt 326
Aarque Group KZ2 Restricted
1. Garry Cullum 361; 2. Regan Hall 349; 3=. Shaun Anderson & Aaron Wooley 342; 5. Jamie Pollock 340; 6. Gerhard Benadie 337