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Hart or Cameron for Rotax Max challenge final?


Palmerston North's Josh Hart or Auckland's Paul Cameron? Either driver could claim this year's Ingham Honda Kart Stars Rotax Max Challenge title at the final round of the five-round series at the Taranaki Kart Club's Joll Rd circuit on Sunday.


Untitled Document Going into the final round defending Rotax Max Challenge title holder Hart has 331 points, just one more than Cameron, making this year's Nebulite Windows & Doors Rotax Max Light class battle an absolute cliff-hanger.

Add in recent Top Half series Rotax Max Light winner Kane Taylor only seven points back and it is - literally - too close to call.

Young Auckland driver Richard Moore has a slightly bigger buffer in Arai Formula Junior, with an eight point advantage over Hamilton's Martin Short but the battle in that class too looks set to go down to the Final.

Things are more clear-cut in Shift Rotax Max Heavy where 2004 Rotax Max Challenge winner and New Zealand representative Jared Carlyle - who moved up a weight break this year - has a 34 point lead over fellow Bay of Plenty Kart Club member Arryn Hill, though Hill is in much the same position as Josh Hart, there being only one point between him and third placed Hamiltonian Phillip Saunders.

In the Masters sections Brent Murgatroyd held on to his 11 point lead over fellow Aucklander Brent Gilchrist going into the penultimate round at Hamilton in late June but Taranaki's Steve Boyde is now third having had a better day at that meeting than Palmerston North's Brendon Hart.

Each year the overall winners of the Rotax Max Challenge and the Formula Junior Challenge represent New Zealand at an annual Grand Final. That Final, the seventh Austrian engine manufacturer Rotax has promoted, will be held at the Viana Do Castello circuit in Portugal between November 14-18.

This season the organisers of the local challenge, Rotax Max engine importer Right Karts, has also arranged a trip to Australia's annual Rotax Max Nationals meeting for the winner of the Shift Rotax Max Heavy class, and a trip to Australia's annual Masters Games for the top over-35-year-old across the Light and Heavy classes.

2006 Ingham Honda Kart Stars Rotax Max Challenge

Points after Rnd 4 of 5
Nebulite Windows & Doors Rotax Max Light
1. Josh Hart 331
2. Paul Cameron 330
3. Kane Taylor 323
4. Bradley Tyrrell 315
5. Simon Evans 311
6. Charles Hoare 294
7. Brock Barrie 286
8. Michael Wheaton 281
9 Andrew Hoare 275
10. Anthony Pedersen 264

Arai Formula Junior
1. Richard Moore 335
2. Martin Short 327
3. Chris Hanley 319
4=. Graeme Smyth 317
4=. Mathew Kinsman 317
6. Ryan Hellier 292

Shift Rotax Max Heavy
1. Jared Carlyle 356
2. Arryn Hill 322
3. Phillip Saunders 321
4. Nick Rogers 313
5. Mark Gilmer 310
6. Brent Murgatroyd 295

1. Brent Murgatroyd 295
2. Brent Gilchrist 284
3. Steve Boyde 282
4. Brendon Hart 279
5. Barry Hill 265
6. Steve Browne 246


2006 Ingham Honda Kart Stars Rotax Max Challenge
Rnd 1 February 18 Wellington
Rnd 2 March 18/19 Palmerston North
Rnd 3 June 10/11 Auckland
Rnd 4 June 25 Hamilton
Rnd 5 August 5/6 Taranaki

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