Kart trophy stays north

Last updated 11:19 30/01/2013
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PETER McDONALD
Roaring: Upper Hutt’s Thomas Batt, number 61, in the KZ2, at KartSport Wellington’s Kaitoke track in perfect conditions. Batt finished fourth.

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Ryan Grant's record-setting run at KartSport New Zealand's CIK Trophy continued at pace at the weekend. The Aucklander won the premium senior KZ2 class title for a record sixth time (125cc engine, 6-speed gearbox).

Racing at KartSport Wellington's Raceway at Kaitoke, 29-year-old Grant set the quickest lap time in qualifying and the fastest race lap on his way to four wins from five starts, being headed in the second heat by the second-placed Auckland international Daniel Bray.

Third place in KZ2 racing went to Bray's teammate, Matthew Hamilton, from Christchurch.

In the the Junior KF3 event, the other CIK Trophy international class action victory went to reigning North Island class champion Mitchell Turner from Hawke's Bay from Auckland's Arron Crighton and Bay of Plenty's Mitchell Sanders.

There were more than 100 karts, drivers and support crews at the Mi Sedaap CIK Trophy meeting.

The competition and the results also doubled as the opening round of this year's Formula 125S KartSport Club's Pro Kart Series.

In the Challenge Trophy support classes the winners were Auckland's Mathew Kinsman (125cc Rotax Max Light), the well- performing Wellingtonian Ryan Cappelman (Senior 100cc Yamaha Light), Christchurch's Marcus Armstrong (Junior 100cc Yamaha), Auckland's Liam Lawson (Junior Restricted 100cc Yamaha) and, in the cadet class, Thomas Boniface from New Plymouth.

The CIK Trophy action will feature on Sunday programmes on TV3 on March 31 and April 28.

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- Upper Hutt Leader

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