ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru Closes 2019 Season with Excitement Already in the Air for 2020
It all came down to the final race of the 2019 championship at Sonoma Raceway’s Simraceway Performance Karting Center but ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru crowned their champions over the October 19 – 20 race weekend. Sandwiching their final race of the weekend between the ROK Superfinal in Italy and the ROK Cup USA ROK the RIO in Las Vegas, Nevada, it was three weeks of continuous ROK racing around the world as excitement and momentum build for 2020.
Put on by Cameron Race Promotions, the ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru closed their season at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center in Sonoma, California by competing on the .8556-mile circuit. With titles on the line, intense battles and close finishes were in order as champions were crowned at the end of the days’ final action.
80 Masters & 125 Limited
The first class to hit the track was the 125cc Shifter Limited and 80cc Masters gearbox divisions. Running a combined event but scored separately, Charles Hastings took the 125cc Sifter Limited victory in the 18-lap final as he beat Keith Campbell to the line by .349. Though having the slowest lap of the race, Hastings consistency was rewarded with a victory. Richard Hilleman rounded out the podium in P3 with Greg Hoff and Ori Della Penna ending their season in fourth and fifth respectively. Steven Piggott claimed the mornings’ pole position but failed to make it the complete race distance in the main event and was classified in eighth.
Roger Cornwall turned his morning pole position run into the main event victory by topping the results sheet in the 80cc Masters final. Out-dueling Allen Miller to the line for the win, Cornwall and Miller were joined by Trevor Geter on the podium in third.
Congratulations to class Champions Roger Cornwall and Richard Hilleman!
Eddie Shimmon and William Ferguson were the class of the field in ROK Senior as the duo battled at the front of the field throughout the day. Ferguson scored the pole position and two heat race wins, but Shimmon came through in the final to top the podium blocks to end his ROK Sonoma season with a win. Ferguson followed close in the second position with Sandler Hoffman and Rithik Ranadive in third and fourth. Ryan Martin would close his season with a fifth-place result.
The 2019 Senior ROK Championship goes to William Ferguson.
Alex Rantala claimed the Mini ROK pole position, but it was Anthony White who climbed to the top step of the podium upon the days’ completion. Scoring the race win by a mere .027, White was hounded by Casey Moyer for the win but held on in the closing stages of the race. Moyer secured a second-place finish while Christian Cameron added another podium result in third. Rantala salvaged a fourth-place result after his pole position earlier in the day while Adam Freire rounded out the top five.
Anthony White is the 2019 Mini ROK Champion with Andrew Freire taking the Micro ROK Championship.
Master ROK Shifter
Neil Joseph swept the day in Master ROK Shifter claiming the pole position, a pair of heat race wins and the main event victory including the days fastest race lap in the class. Jim Inglebright put up a valiant effort and secured another podium result with a second-place finish while Josh Buttafoco closed his day in third. Jim Kidd beat Aaron Farris to the line to garner the fourth position.
Neil Joeseph edged out Jim Inglebright for the Master ROK Shifter Championship.
Similar to Joseph’s performance in Master ROK Shifter, Eric Molinatti swept the day in the other elder driver class. Competing in Master ROK, Molinatti added a pole position, two heat race wins and a final victory to his 2019 resume to end his season on a high note. John Breidinger ended his year on the podium with a second-place finish while David Palic finished third.
When the dust settled it was Eric Molinatti on top of the points for Master ROK Championship.
Junior ROK & 100CC-Feature Race
Jacob Franks took the Junior ROK pole position but Jack Harmuth took control when the wheel-to-wheel action commenced. Advancing from his off pole starting position, Harmuth took the checkered flag in both heat races and the main event to be the victor. Franke secured the second step of the podium to go along with his pole position honors earlier in the day while Jakob Paepke ended his day in third.
Missing the pole position, Christopher Martin made up for it during the main event. Bridesmaid to Nick Persing in qualifying and the two heat races, Martin rose to the occasion in the main event to take the checkered flag. Persing would cross the line .053 in arrears of Martin while Ron Jenkins was awarded the third and final step on the podium.
Jacob Franks took the Junior ROK Championship.
Senior ROK Shifter
In the fifteen-kart strong Senior ROK Shifter, some big-name drivers came out to play. Ron White would end the day on top after advancing throughout the day to take the heat two win and main event victory. Brian Keck hounded White to the finish ending his event in second while Cole Shade was third at the checkers. Mathias Ramirez scored a heat race win and the fastest lap of the main event to end his day in fourth as he prepares to defend his ROK the RIO title this coming weekend while Worawong Karakul rounded out the top five. Aiden O’Neill scored the days’ pole position and battled hard in the top five throughout the day and eventually was classified sixth in the final results tally.
When it was all said and done Cole Shade squeeked past Enzo Prevost in the closest battle of the 2019 season, winning the Senior ROK Championship by a mere 10 points.
Next on the schedule is the 2019 Awards Banquet on December 7 at The Key Room in Novato so be sure to save the date. More information to follow.
With the 2019 ROK Sonoma race season now complete, teams and drivers can already prepare for 2020. With next year’s schedule confirmed and announced, series officials will welcome new teams, drivers and competition to the fastest growing ROK program on the west coast. For more information, visit ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru online via their Facebook page by searching ROK Sonoma or at their website www.sanzarukarting.com.