ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru Completes Third Round of 2021 Schedule
It was a new race weekend and a new set of winners at this past weekend’s ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru. Taking place on the karting track at the famed Sonoma Raceway, numbers continued to climb for the West Coast ROK program as the series has now completed the first third of their nine race schedule.
“A huge thank you to all of our teams, drivers and supporters,” expressed Steve Cameron. “We understand that you have a choice on which series to support but we are hoping that we are making that choice easy. It was another great weekend of close racing and good camaraderie both on and off the track, and that is something that we strive for here at ROK Sonoma. Moving forward for the rest of the 2021 season, the goal will be to expand, grow and take the West Coast by storm before the ROK Fest West program comes to our location in September.”
80 Masters & 125 Limited
Just as it was in previous rounds, it was the Steven Piggott show in the 125 Shifter LTD class as a perfect sweep of the day netted him the pole position, two heat race wins and main event victory. Solidifying himself as the class of the field, Piggott took the win over Pat Beckly by more than ten seconds as Dee Baldwin joined the top two on the podium in third. Greg Hoff and Trevor Geter finished fourth and fifth respectively as ten karts competed in the growing class. On the 80cc Masters side of the program it was Dave Holstein who left round three as the victor.
Junior 100cc & Senior 100cc
It was Alex Rantala who claimed the pole position in the Junior 100cc class, but it was Anthony White who would get the last laugh claiming the checkered flag by a scant two tenths of a second. The pair traded heat race wins before White took control in the final. Rantala was able to secure the second position on track while Valen Venkatesh scored the fastest lap of the race en route to his third-place result with the top three being separated by less than four tenths at the finish. Max Altman was the best of the rest in fourth with Monty Tipton earning a top-five finish in fifth.
It was four different leaders in the four official on track sessions in the Senior 100cc class with Christopher Martin getting the main event win. While William D’Elia qualified on the pole position and heat races were won by Eddie Shimmon and Roman Madrigal, it was Martin who rose to the occasion when it counted to top the blocks. Shimmon earned a second-place result just ahead of Madrigal in third. Ayrton Little and Andrew Walker Cushman worked their way forward to finish fourth and fifth respectively as pole position winner D’Elia failed to complete the full race distance.
Mini ROK & Micro ROK
Three drivers made up the grid in the Mini and Micro ROK combined session as Turner Brown was the victor in Mini ROK. Mateo Calderon finished second on track but was the top runner in Micro ROK as he narrowly edged Landon Cordero-Dolph for the top spot.
Master ROK & Senior ROK
In the combined Master ROK and Senior ROK class it was Georgios Georgiou who secured the pole position in the Master division while Sarah Densham clocked the quickest time in Senior. The two drivers went on to dominate their respective classes all event long claiming the heat race wins and main event victories. Georgiou was joined on the podium by the second and third place drivers of Mario Blanco Gonzalez and Daniel Jones as David Palic and Dan Decker rounded out the top five.
Master ROK Shifter & Pro ROK Shifter
Topping the chart in three of four official sessions was Patrick O’Neil as he scored the pole position, one of two heat race wins and most importantly, the checkered flag in the main event. Splitting the heat races with eventual second place finisher Travis Bowles, it was O’Neil who was the class of the field earning fast lap honors and a six second victory. Alan Morte slotted himself the third position just ahead of Bryan Devert in fourth and Adam Auerback in fifth.
It looked as if it would be Hunter Pickett again in ROK Shifter as a pole position and two heat race wins made him the favorite for the main event. In the end, it was Ryan Martin who blasted his way to the front of the thirteen-kart field scoring the fastest race lap and main event victory just ahead of Pickett. Cole Shade had another solid day and joined the top two on the podium in third with Dustin Salaverria in fourth and Aiden O’Neil, who had been closer to the pointy end of the grid all day, in fifth.
As the featured class of the weekend, the Pro ROK Shifter class video will be posted on the ROK Sonoma YouTube Channel in the coming days. We invite all to view, like and share the video to help us spread the footprint of the ROK Sonoma program.
The next event in the ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru will be June 12-13 as ROKKERS will compete once again on a yet to be announced layout at Sonoma Raceway. Be sure to login to the Kart Pass App and get registered today!
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