Event Preview: ROK The RIO 2018

Rok Cup USA set to host inaugural event in Las Vegas

The 2018 season has been a year of growth for the Rok Cup USA program. Beginning with the transition of the famed Florida Winter Tour and Challenge of the Americas programs that saw each program move solely to the Vortex engine platform and Bridgestone tires, Rok Cup USA continued its expansion as more regional programs and clubs have jumped on the #LetsRok movement. The Rok Cup USA season is coming to an end with one final act before it turns the page over to 2019. On October 31-November 3, Rok Cup USA is hosting the inaugural ‘ROK the RIO’ event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Over 200 drivers have entered to compete in nine categories over the four days of competition.

The event is the first in Las Vegas for the Rok Cup USA program, led by Garett Potter. It’s not secret that he was a big part of the MAXSpeed program, which hosted events at the Rio in 2015 and 2016. Potter is taking what he learned, along with the layout and track design, into this year’s ROK the RIO. The layout is a 12-turn, 0.72-mile course in the parking lot that sits between the Rio facility and the Las Vegas Strip.

Below is a look at each category and the drivers competing in them. Of course, being in Vegas, you have to provide some odds, or in our case, predictions on who will finish where on Saturday. For more on the event, head to RokCupUSA.com


Senior Rok

Ryan Norberg comes into Vegas as the Florida Winter Tour champion (Photo: EKN)

The Senior Rok category is the headline division, welcoming 35 drivers into Las Vegas from all around the world. Of course, you have to begin with the best in North America, the current EKN TaG Driver Rankings #1 Ryan Norberg. The three-time SKUSA champ started out the season with the Florida Winter Tour crown this year. One of Norberg’s top challengers at the FWT was his Birel ART teammate Ryan MacDermid. The Canadian finished third in the standings, and picked up some major wins in 2018.

The field is very west coast heavy, including Challenge of the Americas vice-champion Jake Drew. The Ricciardo driver is set to compete alongside team owner Phil Giebler – the former Indy 500 Rookie of the Year. Michael Avansino (a driver for the new Team GFC on the Gary Carlton chassis), Jenson Altzman (OTK) and Colby Dubato (Ricciardo) were all up front during this past year’s COTA season. Jace Denmark-Gessel (Tony Kart) made his Senior debut at the Rok Cup International Final, racing in the Super Rok division. The Arizona driver placed inside the top-20 at South Garda Karting, and is primed for a solid run at the ROK the RIO.

Emma Delattre (Tony Kart) was also in Lonato, competing in the Senior class. Delattre started the OMP Trophy Final (B-Main) from the pole position and held on to become the second female from the USA to win the race. Coming back to his roots, IndyCar driver Zachary Claman Demelo (Exprit) is set to compete in Vegas, as well.

Top-Five Predictions:

1. Ryan Norberg
2. Jace Denmark-Gessel
3. Ryan MacDermid
4. Jake Drew
5. Zach Claman Demelo

Provisional Entry List

No. DRIVER TEAM CHASSIS COUNTRY
300 YAN LIANG MARS RACING TEAM TONY KART CHINA
301 FILIP NIEMKIEWICZ KART REPUBLIC USA KART REPUBLIC USA
303 FELIPE NICOLETTI ORSOLON RACING TONY KART BRAZIL
305 RICARDO ESCOTTO ORSOLON RACING TONY KART MEXICO
306 CONRAD KRAWIEC VELOCITY ACADEMY TONY KART USA
308 PAIGE EVANS TANDA RACING PRAGA USA
310 RYAN MARTIN CAMERON KARTING KOSMIC CANADA
311 SULLIVAN SHERRILL PKS KART REPUBLIC USA
313 COOPER HEFFLEY TANDA RACING PRAGA USA
315 COLBY DUBATO PGR-PKS RICCIARDO USA
316 EMMA DELATTRE AKT RACING TONY KART USA
317 KAI DALZIEL GOODWOOD KARTWAYS INTREPID CANADA
318 JACE DENMARK-GESSEL RYAN PERRY MOTORSPORTS TONY KART USA
319 DIEGO ORTIZ TEAM GFC GFC MEXICO
320 ANTHONY SOBERICK TANDA RACING PRAGA USA
321 ZOEY EDENHOLM TEAM GFC GFC USA
323 JENSON ALTZMAN RUTHLESS KARTING OTK USA
324 MICHAEL AVANSINO VRP RACING GFC USA
326 PHIL GIEBLER PHIL GIEBLER RACING RICCIARDO USA
329 JAKE DREW PHIL GIEBLER RACING RICCIARDO USA
331 RAIF SHAH OVRP EXPRIT USA
333 BRODY SHUCARD PKS KART REPUBLIC USA
348 RYAN NORBERG PSL KARTING BIREL ART USA
357 NATHAN MARTIN CB MOTORSPORTS OTK USA
360 BIJOY GARG SPEEDSENSE MOTORSPORTS EXPRIT USA
366 AXEL CABRERA AKT/KDM KOSMIC USA
369 RYAN MACDERMID PRIME POWER TEAM BIREL ART CANADA
371 DAKOTA WHITE RON WHITE RACING CRG USA
372 MATEO VILLAGOMEZ HR MOTORSPORTS TONY KART ECUADOR
375 JORDAN PULICE ORSOLON RACING TONY KART USA
388 SAMMY RUCK AKT RACING OTK USA
393 ZACH CLAMAN DEMELO GOODWOOD KARTWAYS EXPRIT CANADA
394 ROBERT SOROKA REM KOSMIC CANADA
397 NICHOLAS HORNBOSTEL REM KOSMIC CANADA
399 LOGAN CUSSON REM KOSMIC CANADA

Junior Rok

Challenge of the Americas champion Ugo Ugochukwu (Photo: EKN)

The largest category of the event is the 38-driver field of Junior Rok, which includes seven different nations. Multiple countries have been on the travel schedule in 2018 for Ugo Ugochukwu (Tony Kart). Ugo started the year as champion at the Challenge of the Americas while earning the vice-champion position at the Florida Winter Tour. Just days ago, Ugo finished third at the Rok Cup International Final. Italy is one of the foreign countries represented in the field, with Rok Cup Italy champion Paolo Ferrari (Parolin) making the trip across the pond to compete at the Rio.

Of course, there are a number of strong drivers to contend in Vegas. Start with drivers that Ugochukwu beat at COTA – Austin and Ashton Torgerson (Tony Kart), and Ethan Ho (OTK). The east is coming strong with multi-time 2018 race winners Jeremy Fairbairn (Tony Kart) and Luca Mars, last year’s Rok Cup International Final Mini winner Connor Zilisch (Tony Kart), and CIK Academy Trophy representative Jak Crawford (Kosmic). Canada is strong with Dale Curran (Kosmic) – who showed well in Lonato – Thomas Nepveu (Birel ART), and MacKenzie Clark (Birel ART). Two second-generation drivers are in the field with Sebastian Montoya (Tony Kart) and Emmo Fittipaldi (OTK) confirmed on the grid. Not on the entry list, but announced to be racing at the event, is Florida driver Tyler Gonzalez (OTK), who is sure to be among the contenders on Saturday.

Top-Five Predictions:

1. Ugo Ugochukwu
2. Dale Curran
3. Jeremy Fairbairn
4. Connor Zilisch
5. Luca Mars

Provisional Entry List

No. DRIVER TEAM CHASSIS COUNTRY
200 PAOLO FERRARI BABY RACE PAROLIN ITALY
201 UGO UGOCHUKWU TONY KART USA
202 ASHTON TORGERSON TORGERSON RACING TONY KART USA
208 LUCA MARS SPEED CONCEPTS RACING TONY KART USA
211 MARCOS TELLE JC KARTING TONY KART USA
212 MARCELLO PANICCIA PRIME POWER TEAM BIREL ART CANADA
213 NOLAN SIEGEL SPEEDSENSE MOTORSPORTS EXPRIT USA
217 EMMO FITTIPALDI JC KARTING OTK BRAZIL
218 GUILHERME FIGUEREDO TONY KART BRAZIL
219 EDDIE SHIMMON LEADING EDGE MOTORSPORTS TONY KART USA
220 ALESSANDRO DE TULLIO AM ENGINE TEAM EXPRIT USA
221 MAXIMILIAN OPALSKI RETYRE OTK USA
222 ALEXANDER BERG ALEX KEYES RACING BIREL ART CANADA
224 THOMAS NEPVEU PSL KARTING BIREL ART CANADA
225 AIDAN KENNY ZANELLA RACING TONY KART USA
227 NICOLA ZECCHINATO PRAGA COSTA RICA
234 WILLIAM COX TEAM FELON TONY KART USA
236 WILLIAM FERGUSON SPEEDSENSE OTK USA
237 DIEGO CONTECHA ORSOLON RACING TONY KART COLOMBIA
243 JOEY ATANASIO ORSOLON RACING TONY KART USA
245 VALERIA VARGAS ORSOLON RACING KOSMIC COLOMBIA
251 BRENDEN RUZBARSKY CAMERON KARTING TONY KART USA
252 JAK CRAWFORD KOSMIC USA
254 DALE CURRAN REM KOSMIC CANADA
258 SEBASTIAN MONTOYA TEAM MONTOYA TONY KART USA
265 MACKENZIE CLARK PRIME POWER TEAM BIREL ART CANADA
266 LUKE LANGE SPEED CONCEPTS RACING TONY KART USA
268 ETHAN HO APM RACING OTK USA
269 BRANYON TINER BRASH RACING OTK USA
272 CONNOR ZILISCH LATE APEX/TEAM FELON TONY KART USA
277 CELSO NETO AKT RACING KOSMIC USA
280 MATTHEW MARROCCO BENIK OTK SPAIN
287 JEREMY FAIRBAIRN SUPERTUNE USA TONY KART USA
288 AUSTIN TORGESON TORGERSON RACING TONY KART USA
289 JULIAN NAZARIO AKT RACING OTK USA
291 COOPER BECKLIN PSL KARTING BIREL ART USA
293 DANIEL FELLOWS PERFORMANCE KARTSPORT KART REPUBLIC USA
295 COLE GAMMA ALEX KEYES RACING BIREL ART USA

Masters Rok

Challenge of the Americas winner Paul Bonilla (Photo: EKN)

A solid field of Masters are set to enjoy the thrill of Vegas and the ROK the RIO. Looking over the entry list, attention goes right to Paul Bonilla. A veteran of the Masters ranks and a winner this year at the Challenge of the Americas, Bonilla (Birel ART) is sure to be setting the bar for the field once karts hit the track on Halloween. Also under the Full Throttle Karting tent is David Pergande (Tony Kart). Pergande was a contender for the COTA championship, and will be looking to end the year on a high note in Vegas. A former winner in Sin City is Renato Jader David (Tony Kart). The Brazilian won the SuperNats in 2016, and is sure to be quick in the Rok package. Another former Vegas winner is Billy Cleavelin (Kosmic). The two-time victor (2008-2009) is making his Rok debut this year with Rolison Performance Group. Representing Canada is Joe Crupi (Intrepid), coming off a sixth place finish in the Expert class at the Rok Cup International Final.

Top-Five Predictions:

1. Billy Cleavelin
2. Paul Bonilla
3. Renato Jader
4. Joe Crupi
5. David Pergande

Provisional Entry List

No. DRIVER TEAM CHASSIS COUNTRY
608 DAVID PERGANDE FTK/ JH MOTORSPORTS TONY KART USA
609 JOHN BREIDINGER VRP GFC USA
619 STEPHEN CLARK PHIL GIEBLER RACING RICCIARDO USA
620 PAUL BONILLA FTK TONY KART USA
621 FRANCISCO MARQUES ORSOLON RACING TONY KART BRAZIL
623 MICHAEL AURIEMMA ORSOLON RACING TONY KART USA
625 RENATO JADER ORSOLON RACING TONY KART BRAZIL
626 ED QUINN FTK BIREL ART USA
632 GARY LENNON APM RACING OTK USA
633 FLAVIO MENEZES HR MOTORSPORTS TONY KART BRAZIL
637 KURTIS BREEDING VEMME VEMMEKART USA
638 MIKE GILES FTK BIREL ART USA
642 GABRIEL IEMMA ZANELLA RACING TONY KART VENEZUELA
654 STEVE WIENER MEANER WIENER RACING INTREPID USA
655 CHRIS WORLEY USA
657 FRANCISCO COSTA ORSOLON RACING TONY KART USA
658 BILLY CLEAVELIN ROLISON PERFORMANCE GROUP KOSMIC USA
659 JIM CAREY PKS KART REPUBLIC USA
685 JORGE MATOS PRAGA ECUADOR
687 RENE BINE III RB MOTORSPORT FA KART USA
691 JOHN CARIATI GOODWOOD KARTWAYS INTREPID CANADA
698 JOE CRUPI GOODWOOD KARTWAYS INTREPID CANADA

Rok Shifter Senior

Rising shifterkart star Max Hewitt (Photo: EKN)

Shifterkart racing is the upper echelon of our sport, and the Rok Shifter Senior division is stacked with talent. The 2018 season began with Mathias Ramirez earning the Florida Winter Tour title. The Florida driver is set to debut the GFC chassis in Vegas. Earning the vice-champion position at Challenge of the Americas was Kol Bailey. The Phoenix driver is joining Ramirez under the Team GFC tent to provide a 1-2 punch. When you talk about the best, similar to that of Gary Carlton, the name Daniel Formal comes to mind. The Costa Rican is a five-time US Rotax Grand Nationals champion, and is a former SuperNats winner. Formal is joining the LEM squad aboard a Formula K in hopes of earning a second Vegas victory.

Momentum is on the side of Max Hewitt. The CRG Nordam S2 driver swept the Texas ProKart Challenge program and won his first SKUSA Pro Tour title, as well. Making his Rok debut, Hewitt will be one to watch. He will have the ability to bounce ideas and setup changes off of veteran Ron White. The inaugural Rio winner back in 2002, White (CRG) brings his race team from California for a chance to gain victories in Vegas. Other strong west coast drivers include COTA winner Nicky Hays (Ricciardo), Streets of Lancaster winner Zach Pettinicchi (Formula K), and SKUSA Pro Tour winner Hunter Pickett (Sodikart). USPKS KA100 champion Zachary Hollingshead (FA Kart) is another driver from Florida to keep on eye on, along with top Canadian driver Isaac Marritt (Birel ART). Former F1 driver Antonio Pizzonia (Tony Kart) is making the trek from Brazil to compete in the Vegas.

Top-Five Predictions:

1. Max Hewitt
2. Daniel Formal
3. Nicky Hays
4. Hunter Pickett
5. Mathias Ramirez

Provisional Entry List

No. DRIVER TEAM CHASSIS COUNTRY
403 ANTONIO PIZZONIA HR MOTORSPORTS TONY KART BRAZIL
405 OWEN CLARKE PSL KARTING BIREL ART CANADA
410 VINCENZO SARRACINO TB KART USA TB KART USA
411 XINGRAN TANG PRIME POWER BIREL ART CHINA
412 ROBERT HECK RHR/PGR RICCIARDO USA
414 MAX PRESTON GOODWOOD KARTWAYS INTREPID CANADA
415 DAVIDE GRECO PSL KARTING BIREL ART CANADA
422 MAX HEWITT CRG NORDAM CRG USA
427 ENZO PREVOST RATTLESNAKE ELECTRIC SPORT ALUMINOS USA
428 CASH BAXLEY PHIL GIEBLER RACING RICCIARDO USA
433 KYLE APUZZO FORMULA WORKS COMPKART USA
436 HUNTER PICKETT PICKETT RACING SODIKART USA
437 DANNY FORMAL LEADING EDGE MOTORSPORTS FORMULA K COSTA RICA
441 MATHIAS RAMIREZ-BARRERO TEAM GFC GFC USA
445 ISAAC MARRITT PSL KARTING BIREL ART CANADA
451 NICKY HAYS PSL / PHIL GIEBLER RACING RICCIARDO USA
454 JOSHUA CONQUER CHECKERED MOTORSPORTS/VSR TONY KART CANADA
456 ZACHARY HOLLINGSHEAD OGP FA KART USA
470 ZACH PETTINICCHI VRP RACING FORMULA K USA
471 RON WHITE RON WHITE RACING CRG USA
481 JIMMY CABRERA AKT/KDM KOSMIC USA
485 COLE SHADE CAMERON KARTING TONY KART USA
486 KOL BAILEY TEAM GFC GFC USA
487 ADAM WHITE DALLAS KARTING COMPLEX SODIKART USA
488 GIANO TAURINO AKT RACING TONY KART USA
496 DALTON EGGER USA

Rok Shifter Masters

Multi-time national champion Jordon Musser (Photo: EKN)

Over half the field in the Masters Shifter class can win in Vegas. For many, they already have in the past. The latest include Mike Jones (Sodikart) and Ryan Kinnear (Ricciardo). Both won last year at the SKUSA SuperNationals on the other side of the Las Vegas Strip. Each had solid seasons and come in among the favorites. One driver who launched his karting career with wins in Vegas from 2002-2004 was Jordon Musser. The Texan won three of his four US Rotax Grand Nationals titles south of the city at the X-Plex. Now a three-time SKUSA champ, Musser looks to add to his CV aboard his 3G Kart Racing / Birel ART. The Challenge of the Americas is well represented in Rok Shifter Masters with the top two from 2018 on the entry list in Vegas. Champion Kalvin Chen (CompKart) and runner-up Nick Firestone (DR Kart) are among those fighting for the victory this week. Add in Super Master drivers Patrick O’Neill (CRG), Rod Clinard (CRG), Andre Martins (Tony Kart) and Florida Winter Tour champion Farshad Bagheri (TB Kart), and it will certainly get interesting. Texas is well represented with five drivers, including Kiwi Nathan Stewart (Sodikart).

Top-Five Predictions:

1. Jordon Musser
2. Ryan Kinnear
3. Nick Firestone
4. Andre Martins
5. Rod Clinard

Provisional Entry List

No. DRIVER TEAM CHASSIS COUNTRY
504 ANDRE MARTINS ORLANDO KART CENTER TONY KART BRAZIL
505 FARSHAD BAGHERI TB KART USA TB KART USA
506 NICK FIRESTONE RUTHLESS KARTING DR KART USA
508 RYAN KINNEAR PHIL GIEBLER RACING RICCIARDO SCOTLAND
513 PETER LICCIARDI TEAM LEMON TB KART USA
516 JORDON MUSSER 3G / PSL BIREL ART USA
520 ROD CLINARD CRG NORDAM CRG USA
521 NATHAN STEWART DKC/SODI SODIKART NEW ZEALAND
525 JEFF MILLS RON WHITE RACING CRG USA
526 VICKI BRIAN OKC TONY KART USA
544 GONZALO APONTE AKT RACING OTK PUERTO RICO
551 RICHARD HILLEMAN RATTLESNAKE ELECTRIC SPORT ALUMINOS USA
555 NICK MAJOR RON WHITE RACING CRG USA
556 KALVIN CHEN FORMULA WORKS/FKC COMPKART USA
561 MICHAEL JONES DKC/SODI SODIKART USA
564 PATRICK O’NEILL RW RACING CRG USA
591 MICHAEL GUASCH TEAM GFC GFC USA

Mini Rok

Alex Powell

The second largest group heading into Las Vegas is the Mini division. Once again, you can look at over half the field to have the skill and odds in their favor to win on Saturday. The top driver heading into the Rio is Alex Powell (Energy). The Jamaican is coming off a runner-up result at the Rok Cup International Final, thus putting the odds in his favor and the bullseye directly on him. A number of drivers competed in Italy just three weeks ago, including USPKS champion Kai Sorensen (Tony Kart), Texas ProKart Challenge champion Jack Jeffers (Benik), Florida Winter Tour champion James Egozi (Tony Kart), Nikita Johnson (Energy), Noah Baker (Kart Republic), Paul Bocuse (Kart Republic) and Canadian Frankie Esposito (Birel ART).

Challenge of the Americas will be well represented in the category with race winners Enzo Swan (Kart Republic) and Logan Toke (Top Kart), along with top drivers AJ Zarcone (Nitro Kart) and Parker DeLong (Benik). Top east coast drivers include Jeremy Fletcher (Tony Kart), Annie Rhule (Parolin) and Danny Dyszelski (Energy), who just won at the WKA Grand Nationals this past weekend. Also winning at GoPro Motorplex was Cameron Weinberg (Parolin), winning twice on the weekend and he is set to make his Mini debut in Las Vegas. Jace Park (Parolin) was vice-champion at the SKUSA Pro Tour, and UK driver Brandon Carr (Benik) has had much success when coming over the pond to compete in the USA. A notable entry is second generation driver Sebastian Wheldon, the eldest son of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon. This will be Sebastian’s first major karting event after competing throughout the season in Florida.

Top-Five Predictions:

1. Alex Powell
2. Brandon Carr
3. James Egozi
4. Jace Park
5. Kai Sorensen

Provisional Entry List

No. DRIVER TEAM CHASSIS COUNTRY
100 JORGE ORTIZ ORT RACING PAROLIN USA
103 JACK JEFFERS ORSOLON RACING BENIK USA
105 AYDEN INGRATTA AI MOTORSPORTS KART REPUBLIC CANADA
107 NIKITA JOHNSON AKT RACING ENERGY USA
110 ANDRES CARDENAS KOENE USA TONY KART PERU
111 PATRICK MOLHAR BIREL ART USA
112 KYLE RAYMOND NOEL SAUNDERS RACING DR KART USA
113 ANTONIO  ZARCONE NITRO KART USA
114 ENZO SWAN CANOPENER RACING KART REPUBLIC USA
115 KAI SORENSEN SUPERTUNE USA TONY KART USA
118 LEONARDO MEGNA ASD REVOLUTION MOTORSPORT ENERGY ITALY
119 CHRISTIAN CAMERON CAMERON KARTING TONY KART USA
120 FLAVIO OLIVIERI ASD REVOLUTION MOTORSPORT ENERGY ITALY
122 JEREMY FLETCHER ZANELLA RACING TONY KART USA
125 BRANDON CARR BENIK BENIK UK
129 PARKER DELONG PARKER DELONG RACING BENIK USA
137 CAMERON WEINBERG JC KARTING PAROLIN USA
139 STEPHEN EISERT LEADING EDGE MOTORSPORTS PRAGA USA
142 CARLOS HERNANDEZ FORMULA K COLOMBIA
144 COOPER SIMPSON PRIME POWER TEAM BIREL ART CANADA
147 ZACH OLSEN PERFORMANCE KARTSPORT KART REPUBLIC USA
148 JAMES EGOZI KOENE TONY KART USA
149 NOAH BAKER SPEED CONCEPTS RACING KART REPUBLIC USA
153 TANNER GARVIN JIM RUSSELL RACING PAROLIN USA
156 JACE PARK PAROLIN USA PAROLIN USA
157 LOGAN TOKE PKS TOP KART USA
170 ANNIE RHULE CHECKERED MOTORSPOSRTS PAROLIN USA
171 PAUL BOCUSE SPEED CONCEPTS RACING KART REPUBLIC USA
174 ENZO DELIGNY SUPERTUNE USA TONY KART USA
177 FRANKIE ESPOSITO PRIME POWER TEAM BIREL ART CANADA
180 ALEX POWELL ENERGY CORSE ENERGY JAMAICA
188 DANNY DYSZELSKI KAOS KART SHOP ENERGY USA
191 LUCAS SZABO CHECKERED MOTORSPORT PAROLIN USA
196 CALEB WORLEY MIDNIGHT MOTORSPORTS USA
198 SEBASTIAN WHELDON OGP TONY KART USA
199 YUANPU CHI SUPERTUNE USA TONY KART CHINA

Micro Rok

Caleb Gafrarar earned the Micro Rok championship at the 2018 Florida Winter Tour (Photo: calebgracer.com)

The entry total for the Micro category is just over 20 drivers, with a mixture of experienced, international and regional drivers. At the top of the charts is Caleb Gafrarar (Parolin). The North Carolina driver won the Florida Winter Tour and was a podium finisher throughout the season at USPKS and SKUSA Pro Tour. He and Parker DeLong (Benik) are the most experienced in the field. DeLong is doing the double, as the 10-year old has the ability to race both Mini and Micro. California ProKart Challenge champion Graham Trammell (Energy) had a breakout season in 2018, and is set to make his Rok debut. Ethan Ayars (Parolin) is another one of those drivers who made vast improvements to land on the podium multiple times this season. Five different countries are represented with Canada, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil joining the USA contingent. Joining his brother in Vegas, Oliver Wheldon (Tony Kart) will be competing in Micro.

Top-Five Predictions:

1. Caleb Gafrarar
2. Ethan Ayars
3. Graham Trammell
4. Parker DeLong
5. Oliver Wheldon

Provisional Entry List

No. DRIVER TEAM CHASSIS COUNTRY
1 SALVATORE RODRIGUEZ JC KARTING KOSMIC USA
4 OLIVER WHELDON OGP TONY KART USA
8 BERNARDO GENTIL ORSOLON RACING BENIK BRAZIL
9 PARKER DELONG PARKER DELONG RACING BENIK USA
10 CYPRESS ANDRUSS CAMERON KARTING KOSMIC USA
11 NICO SARPHATI CAMERON KARTING TONY KART USA
12 GAGE JARVIS OILKLEEN BENIK USA
16 ANTHONY WHITE RON WHITE RACING CRG USA
22 FERNANDO HAZAS GOODWOOD KARTWAYS INTREPID MEXICO
23 FLAVIO AQUINI ITALCORSE AMERICA ITALCORSE USA
26 MATIAS ORJUELA VMOTORSPORTS PAROLIN USA
31 CASEY MOYER LEADING EDGE MOTORSPORT FORMULA K USA
43 ALEX MERCADO PAROLIN PAROLIN USA
44 CALEB GAFRARAR PAROLIN PAROLIN USA
55 SEBASTIAN GARZON TEAM MONTOYA TONY KART COLOMBIA
77 LUIS UMANA AM ENGINES PAROLIN COLOMBIA
78 ETHAN AYARS JIM RUSSELL RACING PAROLIN USA
80 AJ FARAG AKT RACING BENIK USA
88 SALIM HANNA-HERNANDEZ TEAM MONTOYA TONY KART COLOMBIA
96 GRAHAM TRAMMELL ROLISON PERFORMANCE GROUP ENERGY USA
99 COLE NEWTON NEWTON MOTORSPORT BIREL ART CANADA

100cc Senior

IKF Grand Nationals winner Colby DuBato (Photo: EKN)

The 100cc categories at the ROK the RIO will include both the new Vortex engine and the IAME KA100 package. The mixture of the two engines has been going on all season on the west coast, with this week the first major event to offer the joint class. Looking at the 13 drivers in the Senior class, attention goes to Colby DuBato (Ricciardo), the inaugural IKF Grand Nationals champion in the KA100 division. Experience is on the side of Jenson Altzman (Exprit) and Kyle Hayner (Kosmic). Two female drivers – Abby McLaughlin (Top Kart) and Michel Manning (MMK) – are among those in contention this week along with Pacific Northwest driver Cooper Becklin (Birel ART).

Top-Five Predictions:

1. Colby DuBato
2. Kyle Hayner
3. Jenson Altzman
4. Cooper Becklin
5. Michel Manning

Provisional Entry List

No. DRIVER TEAM CHASSIS COUNTRY
713 TROY JONES MIKE MANNING KARTING MMK USA
715 COLBY DUBATO PHIL GIEBLER RACING RICCIARDO USA
717 DANIEL EATON HRT KOSMIC USA
719 VICTORIA ELM NSR DRIVER DV DR KART USA
723 JENSON ALTZMAN RUTHLESS KARTING EXPRIT USA
732 KYLE HAYNER HRT DRIVER DEVELOPMENT KOSMIC USA
733 RICKY WORLEY MIDNIGHT MOTORSPORTS USA
752 ERIC SLIVKOFF MDG KARTING BIREL ART USA
756 ABBY MCLAUGHLIN TOP KART USA TOP KART USA
763 MICHEL MANNING MIKE MANNING KARTING MMK USA
777 NATHAN MARTIN CB MOTORSPORTS FA KART USA
778 HENRY FALLS-HAND MIKE MANNING KARTING MMK USA
791 COOPER BECKLIN PSL KARTING BIREL ART USA

100cc Masters

Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix winner Kevin Manning (Photo: EKN)

In Italy, they call Masters the ‘Expert’ class. There are a number of expert drivers in the 100cc Masters field in Vegas. Kevin Manning (FA Kart) won at the recent Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, and kept pace with the Senior drivers at the same time. Tim Meyer (Tony Kart) was among the USA drivers at the Rok Cup International Final, moving over to the 100cc category this week. Jonathan Silva (CompKart) is another to switch to the 100cc class, along with shifter drivers Christopher Rock (Swiss Hutless), Kalvin Chen (CompKart) and Rob Kozakowski (OTK). Long-time race official Tim Hannen (FA Kart) is trading in his clipboard for his helmet, racing in Vegas after putting in a strong training regiment to contend for the podium.

Top-Five Predictions:

1. Kevin Manning
2. Jonathan Silva
3. Tim Hannen
4. Christopher Rock
5. Tim Meyer

Provisional Entry List

No. DRIVER TEAM CHASSIS COUNTRY
823 KEVIN MANNING MIKE MANNING KARTING FA KART USA
833 TIM MEYER JR ROLISON PERFORMANCE GROUP TONY KART USA
843 JIMMY GREGORY K&K CANADA
844 JONATHAN SILVA FORMULA WORKS COMPKART COMPKART USA
854 CHRISTOPHER ROCK CHRIS ROCK MOTORPSORTS SWISS HUTLESS USA
855 TIM HANNEN CHRIS ROCK MOTORPSORTS FA KART USA
856 KALVIN CHEN FORMULA WORKS/FKC COMPKART USA
870 ROB KOZAKOWSKI RUTHLESS KARTING OTK USA
888 ALEX KING FORMULA WORKS/FKC COMPKART USA
899 ARMAN CORNELL HRT DRIVER DEVELOPMENT OTK USA
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