Race Recap: 2019 ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru Completes Round Six
It was back to the .75-mile Simraceway Performance Karting Center at Sonoma Raceway for round six of the ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru program as drivers took to the National Track layout August 18. All classes, including the burgeoning ROK categories, heated things up on track as the championship series begins to wind down.
Mini ROK – Feature Race
In the Vortex Mini ROK class it was Adam Freire taking home the main event victory as he progressively moved forward from his fourth place qualifying effort that morning. The racing in this class was arguably the best of the day with intense wheel to wheel action and multiple lead changes in every race. Joining Freire on the podium was Christian Cameron in one of his strongest runs of the season and Derek Domingos in third as they both pushed hard for the win. Pole position winner Anthony White crossed the stripe in the fourth position, just ahead of Alex Rantala in fifth.
80 Masters & 125 Limited
In 125 Shifter Limited, Bryan Devert started things off right with the pole position and the pre-main 1 win. Charles Hastings went on to take the second heat victory. Richard Hilleman shook things up in the final, taking a 3.6-second victory over Hastings. Gregory Hoff ended the day on the third step of the podium. Dee Baldwin came home fourth with Devert classified fifth with a disappointing DNF.
Roger Cornwall claimed the top spot in 80 Masters qualifying. Allen Miller took the first pre-main win with Cornwall back on top for the second heat. The main event came down to just 0.277 seconds as Cornwall edged Miller for the round six victory. Trevor Geter completed the podium followed by Tom Nelson and Geoff Provo.
William Ferguson led the way in ROK Senior taking pole position and following up with the win by a scant .204 seconds over Bijoy Garg. Garg earned both pre-mains, but had to settle for the second step of the podium. Dakota White completed the podium with Ryan Martin and Rithik Ranadive finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
Master ROK & Junior ROK
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship driver Nolan Siegel took top honors in the Junior ROK category as he outraced Jacob Franks to the checkered flag. Eric Molinatti continued his winning ways in Master ROK with another victory in 2019 as John Breidinger joined him on the podium in second.
Master ROK Shifter
Neil Joseph led the way in the Master ROK Shifter class taking the victory by 3.418 over Jim Inglebright and Kevin Woods who were engaged in an intense battle for the second position. Patrick O’Neill out dueled Josh Buttafoco for the fourth position. Kevin Woods claimed Master ROK pole position in qualifying.
Senior ROK Shifter
Currently second in the point standings, Enzo Prevost started round six off with the pole position in Senior ROK Shifter. Aiden O’Neill went on to take both pre-main wins with Prevost back on top where it counted the most. Taking the main victory by almost one second over O’Neill, Prevost scored the second fastest lap of the race while on route to victory. Cole Shade finished the day third with Brian Keck and Brendan Ruzbarsky completing the top five.
The finale round of the ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru will take place October 19-20 at the SimRaceway Performance Karting Center in Sonoma, California. Please note the change from the originally released schedule and update your calendars accordingly.