Fifth Round of the 2021 ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru Now in the Books
It was another terrific weekend of competition at the ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru as ROKKERS completed their fifth event of the nine-race season. Now past the halfway point, championship battles have begun to form in each of the classes offered as the growing program now shifts their focus to the next event in one month’s time.
“Congrats to all of our winners, both new and returning, and a huge welcome to the new competitors that have made the switch to our ROK Sonoma program,” explained Steve Cameron. “Keeping with the ROK Cup USA atmosphere, we aim to provide our teams and drivers with ample track time and a good time in friendly schedule format. It is amazing to see all the smiling faces at the end of the race weekend. When they leave the track happy, I know we have done a good job. Thank you!”
Prior to the race weekend, SSI Racing School was added as a new partner to the ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru program. Providing two-hours of simulator time to the feature class winner, 125cc Shifter driver Steven Piggott garnered the SSI Racing School Award courtesy of his main event victory this past weekend. Please make sure to SSI Racing School online at www.SSI-RacingSchool.com
80 Masters & 125 Limited
The 125cc LTD class was the feature class one of the biggest classes on the weekend, boasting a solid fifteen driver lineup led by none other than Steven Piggott. Piggott has been one of the drivers to beat all season long and he and Nicholas Colyvas battled it out for the pole position in qualifying. Ending the session with the exact same time down to the thousandth, Colyvas was awarded the pole position based on his second fastest lap. Colyvas turned that pole position into a heat one win but in heat two it was Piggott on top. Piggott maintained his position at the top of the charts in the main event as Colyvas faltered and fell to eleventh when the final checkered flag flew opening the door for Stephan Gaudreau and Travis Bowles to end their days on the podium. Dee Baldin and Roger Cornwall finished in the front third of the grid with fourth and fifth place results. With only one competitor in the 80cc Masters class, Dave Holstein was awarded the pole position, two heat race wins and main event victory to sweep the day.
Junior 100cc/Senior 100cc
The top two drivers in the Junior 100cc class did not change all day long as Christian Cameron swept the day to add to his racing resume. With the pole position, heat one and two victory as well as claiming the checkered in the main event, Cameron was once again on a mission. To much of his dismay, Alex Rantala was the best of the rest of Junior drivers slotting himself into the second position in all four official sessions. Max Altman joined the top-two on the podium with a third-place effort in the main event, outpacing the fourth and fifth place runners of Anthony White and Valen Venkatesh.
It was all Eddie Shimmon leading up to the Senior 100cc main event as a pole position and two heat race wins was setting him up nicely for a clean sweep of the day. Unfortunately for him, a pair of drivers would have something to say about that as Christopher Martin and William D’Elia came to race in the main event. Martin scored the victory less than a second ahead of D’Elia as Shimmon finished 1.178 in arrears of the race winner. Ayrton Little was the best of the rest in fourth, just ahead of Roman Madrigal in the fifth position.
Mini ROK & Micro ROK
Despite having the slowest lap time of the top-three finishers, Landon Cordero Dolph managed to secure the top step on the ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru Micro ROK podium by 6.514 over Mateo Calderon. Calderon was the fastest driver of the day’s main event but could only salvage a second-place result while Kanish Karia crossed the line in third. Calderon was the pole position winner from earlier in the day, but it was all Cordero-Dolph who swept the two-heat race and main event wheel-to-wheel action. Turner Brown was the sole Mini ROK competitor this weekend and was awarded the race win.
Master ROK & Senior ROK
Three drivers in Masters and three in Senior made up the combined six kart grid of Masters and Senior ROK grid led by Sarah Densham in qualifying. Densham earned the pole position in Senior ROK and went on to take the first heat win, but it was recent Formula Pro USA FR race winner that rose to the occasion in the main event. Earning the fastest lap of the race, Kyle Loh outpaced Densham to score the win by more than six seconds as the female driver crossed the line in second. Uthman Alaoui rounded out the podium in third.
On the Master ROK side of the program it was Georgios Georgiou who earned another win towards his 2021 total. Scoring the pole position and pacing nearly as fast as the Senior ROK race winner in regard to lap times, Georgiou was the driver to beat and finished ahead of Hunter Hagenbuch in second and David Palic in third.
Pro ROK Shifter
It was Cole Shade who led the thirteen-kart Pro ROK Shifter field after qualifying but it was Hunter Pickett who claimed the top position on the results sheet when wheel-to-wheel action began. Scoring a pair of heat race wins and pole position for the main event, Pickett went on to take the win by .438 over Shade who ran second throughout the day. Kevin Woods earned the fastest lap of the race en route to his third-place podium result as Aidan O’Neill and Ryan Martin finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The next event in the ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru will be August 21-22 as ROKKERS will compete in round six of the nine race series. Be sure to login to the Kart Pass App and get registered today!
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