2021 ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru Completes Round Six of Nine
With the sixth event of the 2021 ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru now in the books, championship battles have begun to shape. With several drivers picking up multiple wins this season, some points battles are close, while others are runaways with only a third of the season remaining.
“We are racing through the season with the checkered flag in site,” explained Steve Cameron. “I can’t believe how well and smooth this year has gone and it is all thanks to our partners, officials, teams and drivers. Coming out of a difficult 2020 we did not know what to expect, but 2021 has been a huge success to date and we are looking to finish it strong.”
125cc Shifter LTD
Twelve drivers would contest the 125 Shifter LTD class with Steven Piggott again atop the timing charts after the one and only qualifying session, but was unable to complete the full race distance in the day’s main event. Jim Inglebright topped the podium blocks to score the win ahead of Patrick Beckley in second and Richard Hilleman in a close third as Hilleman was also able to secure the fastest lap of the race. Stephan Gaudreau was the best of the rest in fourth with Dee Baldwin in fifth.
Jr 100cc & Sr 100cc
In the 17-kart strong Junior 100cc class, it was Christian Cameron who added another race win to his resume as he beat pole position winner as well as heat one and two winner Alex Rantala to the line by 1.247, also scoring the fastest lap of the race. Preston Lambert was the third driver on the podium as he joined Cameron and Rantala as Anthony White and Max Altman crossed the line fourth and fifth respectively.
Ayrton Littel drove to the pole position in the 15-kart strong Senior 100cc category as he was able to squeak by Eddie Shimmon by .043 for the pole position as William D’Elia was the third quickest driver of the session. Shimmon would rise to the occasion in the day’s main event scoring the fastest lap of the race en route to a 3.258 second victory over Little and JC Perez. Gino Sandoval finished a close fourth as he just beat Roman Madrigal to the line in fifth.
Master ROK and Senior ROK
Georgios Georgiou claimed the pole position by a scant .019 over Hunter Hagenbuch and David Palic. The top two remained unchanged in the main event as Georgiou climbed his way to the top step of the podium over Hagenbuch and Fred Clark in third. Dan Decker earned himself a solid fourth place position just ahead of David Palic. Uthman Alaovi was the top qualifier in the Senior ROK class ahead of Colin McGrath and Ying Li as he went on to claim the main event victory by a large margin of 25.090. Connor Vancleve was the best of the rest in the second position as Colin McGrath crossed the line in third. Ying Li was in contention for a podium result but at the end of the day, failed to complete the full race distance.
Mini ROK & Micro ROK
In the Mini ROK category it was Turner Brown who qualified on the pole position and swept the day claiming the two heat race wins and main event victory over Brendan Tran. Mateo Calderon converted the Micro ROK pole position into a main event victory outpacing Julian Sanchez to the line for the win. Kanishk Karia was able to join the front two on the podium with a third-place effort as Landon Cordero-Dolph finish fourth after claiming the top spot in both heat races.
Master ROK Shifter & Pro ROK Shifter
It was all Patrick O’Neil in the Master ROK Shifter class, claiming the fastest lap of the race at a 50.340 and the race win as Alan Morte and Jeff Mills stood on the podium to the left and right of him. Travis Bowles finished fourth over the 18-lap main event after earning the pole position that morning as he finished just ahead of Javier Colombo in fifth.
Hunter Pickett drove his way to the front of the Pro Shifter category to claim the fastest lap of the race as he scored the race win by 2.216. Ryan Martin finished a scant three-tenths-of-a-second ahead of Brian Keck for the second step of the podium as Cody Hodgson returned to the seat to claim a top-five result in fourth, just ahead of Kevin Woods.
The next event in the ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru will be September 11-12 as ROKKERS will compete in round seven of the nine race series. Be sure to login to the Kart Pass App and get registered today!
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