Kartsport Auckland’s premier event, City of Sails sponsored by Lascom Motorsport provided all that was expected.
The weather was exceptional; the proof being track records in Cadet Rok, Vortex Mini Rok and Junior Rotax being broken consistently throughout the weekend. In some instances a record was changing hands multiple times within one race and even one lap!
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Eighteen drivers contested Cadet Rok; headed by North Island Champion Jay Irwin representing Tokoroa and NZ #3 Kiahn Burt leading a strong contingent out of Manawatu.
Burt took the title with no placing outside the top three in any one race. Only two points back was Ashton Phipps whose consistency was good, but not good enough on the day. Judd Christiansen finished third with Jay Irwin fourth.
Clubsport 120 was one of the smaller fields of the weekend but this didn’t mean there wasn’t good racing on display. Whangarei’s Rob Norman had it in the bag until Heat 3 saw a mechanical issue have him finishing last and opening the door a fraction for Cliff Walsh.
Norman came back to win the Pre-Final and Final winning the class from Walsh on countback. Richard Macey was third & Lee Sefton fourth.
Bond Roby took out the Rotax DD2 class comfortably from Garry Claxton, Josh Hookway and Hamilton’s Tony Walker.
Consistency is the name of the game at City of Sails and Rotax Light proved the point.
Mt Wellington’s Ashton Grant had the measure of his competition, namely Corey Green, in all races; winning all but Heat 3 when an electrical problem forced him to retire. Green went on to win the title without actually winning a race – consistency – with Grant taking second on countback from Braeden Snowden from Whangarei and Auckland’s George Sampson. These two drivers extremely happy with their efforts having just moved up from the junior ranks.
Vortex Min Rok was another good field. Manawatu’s Logan Manson, defending his 2017 ROK Cup title, led the field on paper but did not have an answer for Local lad Hayden Bakkerus. Despite some on-track messes and mistakes this class provided excellent racing.
Bakkerus winning with a substantial points margin from Manson with Ayrton Williams & Tom Bewley in third & fourth. Mason Potter, defending his 2017 City of Sails title, came home in fifth.
Junior Rotax was the clash of the titans; North Island champion versus South Island champion with some of the best juniors thrown in for good measure. This was a class field.
While North Island champ Ryan Crombie had three of the possible race wins over the weekend it didn’t come easy. South Island champ William Exton was on his heels – or rear bumper – all the way, followed closely by Josh Parkinson and with Dylan Grant lurking not far behind. Exton managed to take one race win, as did Parkinson, but it wasn’t enough to deny Crombie the win.
That awesome KZ2 class, with it’s standing starts and sheer horsepower saw the ultimate driving class of Mat Kinsman on display. Cool & collected Kinsman was top qualifier and won all races comfortably; taking the City of Sails title with a 12 point margin. A good shake down for the upcoming Pro-Kart Series, no doubt.
Second was Matthew Payne, seen for the first time at Auckland in a shifter. Payne acquitted himself very well and will be one to look out for in the future. Payne pipped Daniel Bugler for second on countback.
Kartsport Auckland wishes to thank the following sponsors –
WRB Karting Supplies
And Supreme Kart Supplies for their support of the City of Sails event.