October 18, 2013 at 7:19 am #13131
I noticed that on the Rok Cup website that no Super Rok class is included.. Why is that ?? As far as i know the Super Rok class is the pinnacle of the Rok Cup Challenge and is contested in by drives from all over the world..But here in the USA it seems as if you win the Senior class you automatically are selected to drive the Super Rok class as well..??????
There are quite a few Super Roks out there and it would make a great target class for those within the series….. promote, promote, promote….race….race….race !!!!October 18, 2013 at 8:31 am #13152
Not sure if you are referring to just Rok Cup USA, but I’m guessing it’s a numbers game. No sense in running two ‘Senior level’ classes with two different engines in a new program to the country.
Two drivers are racing in the Super Rok class this weekend at the Rok Cup International Final in Italy this weekend.
I would head to rokcupusa.com to find out more about the program here in the United States.
David Cole - EKN Managing EditorOctober 19, 2013 at 5:27 am #13174
As David said, we are at South Garda, Italy for the 11th Rok Cup International Final.
With five drivers from the USA:
Mini Rok – Hunter Kelly and Hayden Wagner (both from Calif.)
Junior Rok – Ignacio Salvucci (Seattle)
SuperRok – AJ Myers and Ariel Castro (both from FL) Castro is entered as a “Master” known as Elite 30 or E30.
Finals are just now under-way. You can follow along on all the action with LIVE Timing and schedules on the Rok Cup International Final Website.October 19, 2013 at 6:01 am #13175
To get everyone caught up on the week, Rok Cup International Final events started Tuesday with Free Practice and Kart/Motor distribution. All of our drivers qualified for entry and kart and equipment (along with travel and hotel) with wins in various Rok programs around the country over the past 12-months, compliments of Vortex.
Wednesday the drivers shook down their karts in all-day practice. Thursday was practice in the morning, followed by Driver Briefing, then Qualifying. Friday was Heat Race day, and today Pre-Finals and Finals.
In Mini Rok, Wagner suffered a tech DQ in Qualifying, then a mechanical in one of his heat races, otherwise driving from the back in each Heat Race to respectable finishes. Unfortunately, he did not make the Pre-Final cut. Hunter Kelly was in the top half of his Heats except one from an early retire. Hunter raced through his Pre-Final and just finished 20th in the Final.
In Junior Rok, Ignacio Salvucci struggled with power issues all weekend, not to mention he was 20-lbs overweight. In his Pre-Final effort, he suffered fuel pickup issues, forcing his retirement.
In SuperRok, Ariel Castro practiced all week in the top-3 of Elite 30 (Master), but when qualifying came, he suffered a flat tire in the very early laps. Playing catch up in the Heats, Ariel finished respectfully, making the Pre-Final, but not the Final, ending his week. AJ Myers on the other hand, gained the attention of the paddock often coming home in the top five/ten in his respective competitive elements. A collision from another driver in the Pre-final knocked him back a few pegs in the order, (from running top-8). AJ is poised to start his Final in about a half-hour, starting 27th.
We will give a full update after the weekend, but for now, you can follow all the action from the Rok Cup USA Facebook pageOctober 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm #13192
Thanks Andre for the updates. Looking forward to hearing and seeing the final results.
David Cole - EKN Managing EditorOctober 21, 2013 at 9:05 am #13275
Back from Italy, all I can say is wow what a week, AJ and I went the weekend before to do the local race, that was interesting showing up and racing with no support, only the few tools I took, and don’t speak Italian. but we managed and had fun. Once Andre and Kevin showed up for the Rok Cup things got a little easier, but not on the track. Agressive driving is an understatement, lots of contact. Had a great time, but did not get the results desired do to being taken out. Do have to give Big Thanks to Andre, Kevin, Rokcup USA, OTK, Vortex, the other US drivers, and Luca AJ’s mechanic for helping up at this unbelievable event.
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