2020 ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour – St. Pete Sunday Report

Final winners and champions crowned outside Tropicana Field

Diego Ramos won in St. Pete to claim the Senior ROK championship (Photo: ROK Cup USA/CKN)

The third and final round of the ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour was completed on Sunday, March 8 outside the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The second temporary circuit of the three-event program welcomed competitors to the area just one week prior to the NTT IndyCar Series opener a few miles down the road. Picture perfect weather allowed for exciting racing all weekend long, and this year’s 2020 ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour champions were crowned on Sunday.

206 Junior
Granger Perra (Private) scored the round three victory in the 206 Junior class as he took the checkered flag in the 18-lap main event. Chased by a trio of Canadians, Mathieu Cousineau (Montreal Karting Club) would cross the line in P2 as he kept Perra true to himself over the course of the main event. Laurent Legault (PSL Karting) finished just over ten seconds in arrears of Perra to stand on the podium in P3 while Logan Ferguson (Prime Power Team) claimed the fourth position. Running in the top-five all weekend long, Julian DaCosta (Haase USA) claimed the fifth position.

Final Championship Standings
Champion – Mathieu Cousineau
Vice Champion – Granger Perra
Third – Danny Dyszelski

Briggs 206 Senior winner Dylan Amundsen (Photo: ROK Cup USA/CKN)

Master ROK
It was Michael Auriemma (Orsolon Racing) who led from green to checkered in the Master ROK main event by a healthy margin of 6.231 over Canadian driver Sylvain Coulombe (PSL Karting). Glauber Granero (VMotorsports) secured the third and final step of the podium while Renato Jader-David, your 2020 Master ROK Champion, failed to finish but had enough points in the bag to secure the title.

Final Championship Standings
Champion – Renato Jader-David
Vice Champion – Michael Auriemma
Third – Sylvain Coulombe

206 Senior
Dylan Amundsen (DP Racing) was on a mission on Sunday morning as he took control of the 206 Senior final and never looked back. Scoring the second fastest lap of the race, Amundsen drove his MGM Kart to the victory by .408 over the BirelART of Gerald Caseley (Gerald Caseley Racing). Caseley scored the fastest lap of the main as he held on to second ahead of Colin Warren (VLR/TS Racing). Owyn Thomas (Prime Power Team) gained two positions in the final to garner a fourth-place finish while Alexander Searle (MGM) finished fifth to complete his 2020 Florida Winter Tour.

Final Championship Standings
Champion – Colin Warren
Vice Champion – Dylan Amundsen
Third – Alexander Searle

Micro ROK champion Oliver Wheldon (Photo: ROK Cup USA/CKN)

Micro ROK
Taking the win by 5.9 seconds on track, Oliver Wheldon (JC Karting) was the victim of a start line infraction penalty following the final checkered flag. Taking the win, but not the championship from his grasps, Wheldon was crowned the 2020 Micro ROK Florida Winter Tour Champion. Salvador Dellavecchia (AM Engines) was awarded the victory over Jordan DiLeo (Goodwood Kartways) who gained seven positions in the main event. Wheldon slotted into third with Kai Johnson (AKT) in fourth and Victor De-Alencar (U-Race), who also gained seven positions in the main event.

Final Championship Standings
Champion – Oliver Wheldon
Vice-Champion – Salvador Dellavecchia
Third – Kai Johnson

Andrew Bujdoso celebrating his Shifter ROK victory (Photo: ROK Cup USA/CKN)

Shifter ROK
Rocketing from third place on the grid up to the front, Andrew Bujdoso (Checkered Motorsports) outpaced Daniel Formal (ANSA Motorsports) for the ROK Shifter main event win. Formal, despite battling hurt ribs, soldiered on to finish second ahead of AJ Myers (Checkered Motorsports), who claimed the championship. Jake French (PSL Karting) had a solid drive forward gaining three positions in the main event to finish fourth while prefinal winner Austin Garrison (TB Kart USA) was shuffled from his front row starting spot back to finish fifth.

Final Championship Standings
Champion – AJ Myers
Vice Champion – Daniel Formal
Third – Andrew Bujdoso

Junior 100cc
Connor Zilisch (Late Apex Karting) made it three for thee in 100cc Junior events as he once again topped the podium blocks in both round three and the championship. Putting up a hard fought battle, Thomas Annunziata (Team Felon) finished a scant .302 behind Zilisch but 1.239 ahead of Chloe Chambers (Mike Doty Racing) as the trio were the class of the field all weekend long. Westin Workman (Timmy Tech) closed his 2020 Florida Winter Tour with a fourth place effort with the top-four remaining unchanged between the prefinal and main event. Beckham Jacir (JC Karting) rounded out the top-five after gaining two positions in the final on track session.

Final Championship Standings
Champion – Connor Zilisch
Vice-Champion – Westin Workman
Third – Thomas Annunziata

Connor Zilisch swept both Junior ROK and Junior 100cc on the weekend and in the championships (Photo: ROK Cup USA/CKN)

Senior 100cc
Matching the results sheet of Zilisch in the 100cc Junior ranks, Julia Boos (Team Felon) went three for three in Senior 100cc to secure her first Florida Winter Tour championship. Justin White (Kartworkz) and Jenson Altzman (Ruthless Karting) made it a close battle with the top-three finishing within .598 of one another at the final checkered flag. Bill McBrayer (Energy Corse) and Andy Miller (Goodwood Kartways) managed to hang on for fourth and fifth on the day.

Final Championship Standings
Champion – Julia Boos
Vice-Champion – Jenson Altzman
Third – Bill McBrayer

Mini ROK
It was the Caleb Grafarar (PSL Karting) show in the Vortex Mini ROK main event as he stretched his lead early and maintained the gap for the entire 18 lap final. Taking the race win and the championship, the BirelART driver scored two victories at the 2020 Florida Winter Tour. Christian Quijano (Supertune) had one his best events of the season with an impressive second place finish while Parker Delong (Syntech) was able to garner the third and final step of the podium. Matias Orjuela (Parolin) was able to maintain his position in the top-five finishing fourth as Diego Ardiles (Supertune) finished fifth and closed his Florida Winter Tour with momentum towards the remainder of the 2020 season.

Final Championship Standings
Champion – Caleb Gafrarar
Vice-Champion – Matias Orjuela
Third – Parker Delong

Mini ROK champion Caleb Gafrarar (Photo: ROK Cup USA/CKN)

Senior ROK
It was Diego Ramos who secured the ROK Senior round three win and accompanying championship trophy as he was able to hold off the advances of Luca Mars over the 26 lap main event. Stretching a healthy gap on the rest of the field, Ramos led early while Mars took the top spot on lap three. Ramos was able to grab the lead back on lap thirteen and drive on to take the win by 1.107 as he laid down a flyer on the final circuit while Mars slipped through turns three and four. Colin Warren (TB Kart USA) was on the podium with an impressive drive to third while Cole Morgan (Supertune) did the same to fourth. Brandon Jarosocrak turned one of the fastest laps of the race to come home fifth.

Final Championship Standings
Champion – Diego Ramos
Vice-Champion – Luca Mars
Third – Enrico De Lucca

Junior ROK
Connor Zilisch (Late Apex Karting) was back on the top step of the podium for the second time during round three as he dominated the ROK Junior event. Alex Powell (AKT) was the best of the rest finishing in second while Chloe Chambers (Mike Doty Racing) added her first podium, but second top-five of the day. Jace Park (Speed Concepts Racing) and Jack Jeffers (Speed Concepts Racing) battled hard to finish in the top-five and close their Florida Winter Tour campaigns strong.

Final Championship Standings
Champion – Connor Zilisch
Vice-Champion – Guilherme Figueredo
Third – Jace Park

Shifter Master ROK champion Jordon Musser (Photo: ROK Cup USA/CKN)

Shifter Master ROK
With two wins to his credit at the 2020 Florida Winter Tour, Jordan Musser (PSL Karting) could not hold back Josh Lane (DRT) in the third and final round. Lane would go on to score the win by 1.372 as Musser crossed the stripe in second to secure the Shifter Master ROK title. Rene Martinelli (TB Kart USA) scored his third podium result in as many races with Hernando Sanchez (Goodwood Kartways) coming home in fourth. Daniel Dibos (JC Karting) had a consistent weekend crossed the stripe in P5.

Final Championship Standings
Champion – Jordan Musser
Vice-Champion – Rene Martinelli
Third – Daniel Dibos

With the 2020 ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour now complete, ROKKERS can look forward to competing at the World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup event, ROK Fest East and West races as well as the prestigious ROK the RIO later this year.

A complete set of session results can be found on the easy to navigate ROK Cup USA app or by clicking HERE.

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