ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru Remains Fluid Through 2020 to Complete Another Race Weekend Ahead of ROK Fest West Event at Sonoma Raceway
With the upcoming ROK Cup USA ROK Fest West running the same track configuration as this past weekend’s event, the ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru program received an influx in entries despite wildfire concerns. With a delay due to air quality that forced schedule changes, ROK Sonoma and their competitors remained fluid to complete another event weekend, the fourth of 2020.
Anthony was injured while participating in a kart race at Sonoma this past weekend. His injuries have required hospitalization and on going care. As always, Anthony has a bright smile and is already determined to be back pushing for more wins as soon as he can. We are asking for our racing friends and community to help support Anthony and his family by raising funds to help cover the significant medical expenses that this accident has already incurred. Maybe even a little will be left over to help him get a new Kart!!
Update Sep 15 – Anthony returned home today and is doing as well as can be expected. He will not be able to race again this year but is already excited about his return next year. Anthony and his family are extremely grateful for the support and generosity our racing community has offered.
Senior ROK Shifter
It was all Cole Shade in the Senior ROK Shifter class as the talented driver put on a clinic to sweep all official sessions and dominate the fourteen-kart field. Claiming the pole position, prefinal win and main event victory, Shade took the checkered flag by .627 over Aidan O’Neill in the twenty-five-lap main event as the duo pulled away from the field. Ron White was the best of the rest when the final concluded to take the third step of the podium as he narrowly edged Brian Keck by a scant .095. Kol Baily would round out the top five finishing 6.947 in arrears of race winner Shade.
125 Shifter Limited & 80 Masters
Steven Piggott added another victory to his 2020 total scoring the pole position and eventual 125cc Shifter Limited win over Dee Baldwin by 1.805. Bryan Devert crossed the line six seconds back to claim a podium result with a P3 finish while Trevor Geter completed the twenty-lap main event in fourth while Stephan Gaudreau rounded out the top five.
In the 80cc Masters class, Tom Nelson was the class of the field in the days final to score the win as Dave Holstein and Bob Bigiogni finished second and third respectively. Nelson also secured the pole position earlier in the day.
The #920 of Michael Michoff rose to the occasion in the Senior 100cc final claiming the race win over Christopher Martin by 2.252. With the fastest lap of the twenty-lap main event, Michoff drove to the win uncontested as Martin and Roman Madrigal rounded out the podium. With the third through fifth place drivers finishing within half a second of one another, Madrigal led the way ahead of Nick Short and William D’Elia. Kyriakos Sioukas claimed the morning pole position and finished second in the prefinal before failing to run the full race distance in the main event and being classified in the eleventh position.
Mini ROK & Mini Swift
It was Christian Cameron who scored another Mini ROK victory in 2020 as he was able to take the checkered flag and stand atop the podium despite not being the quickest driver on track. In a hard-fought battle, Cameron garnered the win by .199 over Alex Rantala who claimed the fastest lap of the race. Rocky Moran slotted his way into the third overall and took home the win in the Mini Swift class. Nico Sarphati and Derek Domingos secured their positions in the top five. The main event win for Cameron completed a perfect day as he also claimed the prefinal win and the days pole position.
Micro ROK & Micro Swift
It was all Cypress Andruss in Micro ROK as the talented driver dominated the classes final to take the race win by a commanding 7.709. With the fastest lap of the race, Andruss drew away from the rest of the field with ease to take the win. Cason Hodge was the best of the rest as he crossed the line in the second position while Mateo Calderon put his #99 entry in the third position. Landon Cordero-Dolph and Maxwell Sidebotham rounded out the top five.
Just like Andruss did in the Micro ROK class, Brody Budelli did in the Micro Swift class as he drew away from the field to take a dominant victory. Brylon Underwood finished in the second position ahead of Julian Sanchez and Christian Coulter. Both Cypress Andruss and Brody Budelli were your pole position winners in their respective classes.
Master ROK Shifter
Neil Joseph scored the second fastest lap of the Master ROK Shifter main event but was at the front of the field when it counted to score the win by .609. Patrick O’Neill outpaced Kevin Woods over the twenty-five-lap main event to finish second while Woods, the pole position winner from earlier in the day crossed the line in third but went purple on lap fifteen of the main event to score the fastest lap of the race. Veteran driver Ryan Yop battled his way to a P4 result while Vivek Tandon secured a top five result in fifth.
Junior 100cc & Master 100cc
It was the Chase Hand show in the Junior 100cc class as a first corner incident saw him backwards in the middle of the racetrack as he fell down the running order to tenth. Son of professional driver Joey Hand, Chase drove like his Dad taught and rocketed his way back through the field. Scoring the fastest lap of the race on lap eighteen of the twenty-lap final, Hand managed to work his way back to the point and score the win by .150 over Lanie Benjamin. Cooper O’Clair was able to finish in the third position while Jacob Hoover and Jack Schrady rounded out the top five. Chase Hand also secured the pole position in qualifying earlier in the day.
Carlos Calderon secured the Master 100cc race win by 2.643 over Pat Beckley. Roman Alekseenkov and Ivan Lvov finished third and fourth as the Master 100cc class was well spread out over their twenty-lap main event
Ryan Martin was able to climb to the top step of the podium in Senior ROK as he was the man to beat in the days main event. Consistent lap times saw Martin edge away from the competition to take the checkered flag. Tyler Snow would cross the stripe in the second position while Timothy Carel finished third. Dominic Giansiracusa finished just over eleven second back from the winner to be classified fourth while Jack Harmuth finished fifth. Ryan Martin was your pole position winner from earlier in the day.
David Pengande was the winner in the Master ROK class as he put his kart at the front of the field and never looked back. Scoring the race win over pole position winner Jure Gaspar by 1.204, the duo was clearly the class of the Master ROK drivers with lap times more than three tenths a lap faster than the rest. Alan Morte finished third and joined Pengande and Gaspar on the podium while Alan Morte and Davif Palic rounded out the top five.
Round five of the ROK Sonoma Presenetd by Sanzaru will take place October 24th. 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. The ROK Cup USA ROK Fest Wets event will take place this coming weekend and if you are not participating, ROK Sonoma officials would like to invite you trackside to take in the action and plan for the 2021 edition of the event.