Popular Rok Cup USA Classes Successfully Launch at FKCS Round 1
Over 115 Entries Make up Exciting Action in Four Rok Cup Classes
shley Rogero made her Senior debut with a victory at the opening round of the FKCS Rok Cup USA event in Orlando
Rok Cup USA, in cooperation with the Florida Karting Championship Series, debuted for the first time in the United States at the Orlando Kart Center, for Round 1 of the FKCS Season, filling two of the four categories to capacity. In its introduction, which included prizes such as full sets of tires, complimentary entries for future events, and Rok Cup USA swag, the competition on track was exciting in all categories, setting up what promises to be a great competition year. Entrants were also treated to a catered, welcome track-side dinner Saturday night as a “Thank You” to the Rok Cup USA’s introduction event.
Making up the youngest of the Rok Cup competitors, a full field of 20 Mini Rok drivers put on great races all weekend, right from the start. With a proven motor package, that has been in the USA for over 2-years now, Mini Rok action continued its usual action. From the action Saturday, Phillip Varner jumped to the pole in Qualifying, but the duo of Vincenzo Sarracino and Mathias Ramirez stole the show in the Final, battling for the top spot from green to checkered in an awesome break-away battle. In the end it was Ramirez that crossed the line first, but a penalty would move him back one position, handing the win on Saturday to Sarracino, with Mayo Livingston coming home third. Ramirez would bounce back on Sunday, however to capture the win on the Final, followed by Ruben Grillet and Aiden Keel.
After fighting his way to the front, Junior Rok driver Kyle Kirkwood made a huge statement in Saturday’s Final, taking the win by over 7-seconds, from a near-capacity field of 16 Junior Rok drivers. Austin Garrison followed Kirkwood for second with Olivier Garrison coming home third. With Kirkwood moving to another class on Sunday, Garrison proved to be the force in Junior Rok action, winning the Final and the free set of Bridgestone YBL Tires. Battling behind Garrison, Colin Warren and Sebastian Sierra put on a great display of driving with their equally prepared Rok GP Motors, where the Juniors adapted to the new Rok GP motor set-up, improving their lap times down to 54.467 at the fastest. From the battle for second, Warren came out the better, to take the position.
In the second of two sold-out fields, 20 Rok Senior drivers brought their A-game throughout the event, which saw fast-times drop throughout the weekend from 53.911 to 53.288 as these top drivers figured our their new Rok GP motor packages. In Saturday’s action, AJ Myers and Jose Zanella put on a great show with their battle for the first position. At the checkered, Zanella grabbed the spot, with Myers coming in second and Dan Roeper coming home third. In an impressive display of driving, Ashley Rogero, making the move up from Junior, started the Final at the tail-end of the field, blasted through the field, finishing the final fifth. Sunday saw Rogero continuing her charge, catching leader Zanella at the half-way mark. Zanella, who took the point right at the Green, from his second-row starting spot, could not stop the charging Rogero. Ashley took the win ahead of Zanella, with Dominic Tesoro third.
Not to be out-performed by their younger counter-parts, 13 Rok Master Competitors proved their speed and competitive ability throughout the weekend. Ariel Castro made his statement early by capturing the fast time in Qualifying Saturday, and taking the win in the Final over Darcy Marotta, second and Francois Brun-Wilbaux third. Castro would not have as easy of a time on Sunday however, as Marotta put constant pressure on Castro throughout the Final. Castro succeeded with the win on Sunday over Marotta by only a second, with New Yorker Tim Hannen coming home third. As the new Rok GP motors served Rok Master drivers without fail, laps times got quicker throughout the weekend from 55.653 to 54.233.
With the first ever Rok Cup USA Event in the books, series organizers look to Round 2 of the FKCS and Homestead Karting, April 12-14. Follow Rok Cup USAhttp://www.RokCupUSA.com or @RokCupUSA on Facebook or Twitter to keep up-to-date on the competitive, Karter-friendly program, or email email@example.com
About ROK Cup
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