2020 Rok Cup Superfinal Set for October 14-17
The 18th edition of the Rok Cup Superfinal is going to be a much different event from the previous 17 races before it when karts hit the track on October 14-17. The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly having an effect on the event, along with the recent FIA Karting KZ World Championships two weeks ago. Numbers are a bit down overall with the travel restrictions for certain countries, including Team USA and Team Canada. The home of the Rok world championships has called the South Garda Karting facility home. This year, the event was moved just days ago to the nearby Franciacorta Karting Track following an ‘ordinance of the Sporting Federal court regarding the events occurred at South Garda Karting’.
Despite the hurdles and strange circumstances, the 2020 Rok Cup Superfinal continues with 279 entries in the seven Rok categories offered, set to battle for four days. The largest remains the Mini division with 93 drivers, Junior second with 61 and Senior has 45. Expert (13), Expert Plus (7), Super (24) and Shifter (36) compete the class structure for the event. This year’s Team USA has five members while Team Canada has just two drivers competing.
Four drivers from North America will be in the Mini division. Kai Sorensen is making his third start at the Rok Cup Superfinal. He place 17th in 2018 and 21st in 2019. Sorensen has spent all of 2020 racing in Europe. Caleb Gafrarar is making his second straight start at the event, earning his ticket last year through Canada. This year as the FWT champion, Gafrarar is hoping to make the main event after missing it in 2019. Both Tristan Young and Jensen Burnett are making their first start at the Rok Cup Superfinal.
Enzo Deligny was in the Mini division last year in Italy, with 2020 Challenge of the Americas Junior ROK title winner making his first start in the category. Deligny missed the main event last year, finishing fifth in the Trophy race (B-Main). The lone North American driver in the Senior category is Andrew Maciel from Canada. Maciel qualified for the main event at last year’s event in the Junior division, finishing 31st.
Leading the charge with the best odds of landing on the podium or winning is Expert driver Renato Jader-David. The 2020 FWT champion finished second in the class at last year’s event, thus making him one of the favorites heading into the race.
The event officially begins on Wednesday, October 14 with a full day of official practice, with teams and drivers already at the Franciacorta circuit beginning Monday. Qualifications take place Thursday, October 15 along with the opening rounds of heat races. The heat races continues on Friday, October 16 with Saturday, October 17 hosting the Trophy (B-Main) and Finals to crown this year’s Rok world title winners.
#613 – Kai Sorensen (USA) – 2019 Florida Winter Tour Champion
#631 – Tristan Young (USA) – Challenge of the Americas Champion
#640 – Caleb Gafrarar (USA) – Florida Winter Tour Champion
#647 – Jensen Burnett (Canada)
#848 – Enzo Deligny – Challenge of the Americas Champion
#237 – Andrew Maciel (Canada)
#506 – Renato Jader-David – Florida Winter Tour Champion
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