Series News: Rok Cup USA Homestead Region has Successful Outing for its First of Two Rounds Last Week
Popular South Florida Facility Draws Competitive List of Drivers for First Outing
Homestead Karting launched Round 1 of the Rok Cup USA Homestead Region this week with perfect weather, competitive racing, and excitement for the new Rok Cup USA program that is sweeping the region. With a double-final race format in tap, the popular Homestead Karting facility welcome the new Rok Cup USA program. Competitors of the four Rok Cup Categories enjoyed the opportunity to compete at Homestead for a set of MG Tires for the Homestead Winners, and for entries into the year-end Rok Cup USA Championship Event, where winners will receive a fully-funded trip to the Rok Cup International Final later this year.
Already established in the country as one of the most affordable motor packages with intense competition, the Mini Rok Category lived up to its reputation. Ricardo Villasmil set the bar in Saturday Qualifying with a 50.792, in a field that was separated by only 0.154 of a second, setting up a competitive tone for the Category all weekend. Unfortunately Villasmil’s would encounter tough luck through the heat races and into the Final. The stars of the day however were Tyler Gonzalez and Derek Carmenate, who swapped positions throughout the final phase bringing Rok Mini newcomer Sebastian Montoya with them. The final came down to the checkered, where Gonzalez narrowly took the win by 0.055 of a second over Carmenate, with Montoya rounding out the Podium in third.
Living up to its competitive history, Sunday’s Qualifying brought excitement throughout the entire 8-minutes. In the end, Montoya grabbed the Pole Position by 3-tenths over Carmenate, but in the heat races, Gonzalez again excelled, winning all three heats. Repeating the excitement from the previous day, Sunday’s Final again was an amazing race between Gonzalez and Carmenate, where the two would swap the top spot throughout the 20-laps. Again the two fight right to the checkered, with Gonzalez again taking the win, but by only 0.192 of a second, making it a double-win for Gonzalez on the weekend.
Rok Junior saw some Rok regulars from the FKCS program and newcomers to make up thrilling competition throughout the weekend. Starting off with Saturday Qualifying, four drivers swapped out the top spot throughout the session, all coming in within two-tenths of each other at the end of the session. Christian Munoz came out on top, narrowly taking the Pole over Juan Manuel Correa, Derek Sobel, and Jordan Perry. Perry found more speed in the Heat Races, cashing in the top spot over Munoz to set up the Final. After an early 4-way battle between Perry, Munoz, Correa, and Sobel. In the end, Perry brought home a desering win with Correa coming in second, and Munoz third.
Sunday’s action did not disappoint, as Munoz found additional speed, edging out Perry for the top Qualifying sport by only 0.025. Munoz carried the momentum through the heat races, to start the Final phase on top. Behind him, Sobel and Perry had to use a tie-breaker from the heat races, where Sobel came out in second and Perry third, setting up yet another exciting Final Phase. In the Final, however, Perry would not be able to repeat as a mechanical issue did not allow him to get to the green. Early in the race, bad-luck gremlins also took Correa out of contention, leaving Sobel, Matt Thomas, and Michael DeQuesada to put on a great display of racing talent for the win. Sobel eventually separated himself from the field, collecting the win, with Thomas coming home second, and DeQuesada third.
Right from the start, Homestead locals Christian Toro and Carlos Duenas used their local knowledge to maintain top honors throughout the weekend. In Satuday Qualifying, Toro would take the top spot, with Duenas coming in second, and Sven Nicolas Schele scoring third. Toro maintained the top spot throughout the Heat Races, with Konrad Czaczyk winning a heat to score second and Duenas third. In the Final however Duenas would command the second half of the race after Toro lost a chain and retired. Czaczyk fought Schele to award himself the second spot, with Schele coming in third.
Czaczyk continued his momentum in Sunday’s action, capturing the Pole in Qualifying by only 0.165 over Toro, with Duenas coming in third. In Heat Race action Czaczyk continued his success to set up his first starting spot for the Final Phase, followed by Duenas and Schele. In the Final, Czacyk would own the day, winning by over a second and a half over Joffrey Amaya, and Duenas rounding out the Podium.
Rok Master brought out the youth in the class as extensive laps and competition put these drivers to the test. Mike Contreras would set the pace for the weekend, taking Qualifying over Peter Pestrano and Leslaw Czaczyk. The same order would continue through the Heat Races, setting up a challenging Final Phase. Although he was challenged early in the 20-lap Final, Contreras would take the win over Pestrano and the free set of MG Tires.
Sunday saw Contreras start off Qualifying the way he ended the previous day, on top spot. Contreras repeated his performance in the Heat Races, setting up his top starting spot in the Final Phase, however Rodrigo Ospina found some speed to make Contreras work for his position. After an early battle in the Final, Ospina would fall victim to an early retirement, leaving Contreras to cruise to the win, earning him double victory on the weekend.
Next up for Rok Cup USA is Round 1 of a two-event Orlando Region, where the series will promote the event with the Orlando Kart Center on May 17-19, then Anderson Race Park for the single Rok Cup USA Plametto Region event, before returning to Homestead Karting June 21-23, and again to Orlando Kart Center July 26-28. For online entry and further information, visit http://www.RokCupUSA.com or email USA@RokCup.com
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