ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru is Green for 2020
After a strong program in 2019 that saw numbers increase from year to year, ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru was expecting an even better 2020. Enter COVID-19 and the shutdown of any organized event. A delay that pushed the first event from March back to July, ROK Sonoma, their customers, teams and competitors have finally taken the first green flag of the season. Adjusting their schedule to fit in as many events as possible all while trying to keep off national level race dates, the first round of the ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru was completed 4th of July weekend under nearly perfect weather conditions and on the grounds of the famed Sonoma Raceway.
“It was a great start to the season, but we are already looking towards and planning for rounds two, three and four,” explained Steve Cameron. “ROK is growing around the country, including our series in California and we will keep pushing our ROK Sonoma efforts as much as possible. With an overwhelming response after race one, we have added an extra day of practice this weekend to accommodate the race.”
Micro & Mini ROK
In the Micro ROK ranks, it was Landon Cordero-Dolph who turned the fastest lap of the race that propelled him to the top step of the podium to kick off 2020. Cason Hodge managed to be the best of the rest to come home in the second position while Mateo Calderon in the #99 kart and Maxwell Sidebotham finished third and fourth respectively. Hodge scored the day’s pole position and prefinal win.
Mini ROK pilot Christian Cameron scored the first win of 2020 season as he narrowly edged Nico Sarphati in the fast lap honors and in the main event as well. With Cameron sweeping the day by scoring the pole position, prefinal win and topping the podium blocks in the main event, Sarphati would finish second as perennial front-runner Anthony White crossed the stripe in P3. Jayden Davis drove to a fourth-place finish while Keegan Palic closed the first race of the ROK Sonoma season in the fifth position.
125 Shifter Limited
It was all Andrew Wait in the 125 Shifter Limited class as he converted his pole position into a main event victory to close round one. Outpacing Dee Baldwin by a scant .269, Wait stood atop the podium with Baldwin in second as Keith Campbell joined them in third. Richard Hilleman found his way to the fourth position to start his season off on the right foot with Adam Auerbach in fifth. In the 80cc Masters class it was pole position winner Roger Cornwall who took the main event victory by 3.161 over Tom Nelson.
Ryan Martin claimed the pole position in the ROK Senior class but it was Tyler Snow that reigned supreme when the final checkered flag flew. Martin, who scored the fastest lap of the race and looked like the driver to beat, retired two laps from the end to hand Snow the win. Mikhail Kalugin and Arul Venkatesh were also benefactors of Martin’s misfortunes to elevate themselves into the second and third place podium results as Martin would be classified in fifth, just ahead of Jack Harmuth. David Palic topped the Master ROK podium to be named the day’s winner.
Senior ROK Shifter
It was Bryson Lew claiming the fastest lap of the Senior ROK Shifter main event but that was only good enough to classify him in the second position behind race winner and pole position victor Cole Shade. Shade would sweep the day taking the top spot in every official on track session with Lew in second. Edward Portz tried his hand in the gearbox powered class and claimed a podium result in third finishing just two tenths of a second in front of Brenden Ruzbarsky in fourth and Adam White in fifth.
Master ROK Shifter
Kevin Woods was the man to beat in the Master ROK Shifter class as he was another driver to sweep the day. Scoring the pole position, prefinal win and main event victory, Woods also secured the fastest lap of each on track session to dominate. Neil Joseph was the best of the rest in P2 with Jim Kidd finding his way to the third step of the podium. Nick Major and Marcin Kloda kept the front three true as they secured fourth and fifth place results respectively.
Junior, Senior & Masters 100cc
In the 100cc divisions it was Nick Short that topped the podium in Senior 100cc while JC Perez followed suit in Junior 100cc. Anthony Toscano joined Short on the Senior podium at the end of the day while Valen Venkatesh did the same in Junior 100cc. Ron Jenkins scored a commanding win in Master 100cc as he drove to a nearly ten second victory over Pat Beckley, Kevin Moore, Roman Alekseenkov and Iva Lvov who ran second through fifth respectively.
The second round of the 2020 ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru, combined with California ROK Championship, takes place this weekend, July 18th and 19th. With a large crowd expected, ROK Sonoma officials have confirmed that an additional practice day has been added to the schedule on Friday, July 17th. 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. Registration can be completed HERE before the July 16 deadline.