Round Seven In The Books for ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru

With round seven of the 2021 ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru now in the books, only two events remain to crown the series champions this season. Round seven saw big entry numbers as entry levels have been steadily maintained or growing throughout the year, which is a sign of progress and commitment to the ROK program. The most recent event weekend saw new racers, new winners, and new names in the top five on the results sheet, a welcome sign for the strength of the ROK Sonoma program on the West Coast.

“I am not sure we could ask for more,” explained Steve Cameron. “Most series tend to trickle off, but we seem to be getting stronger and not only from year-to-year, but race-to-race. We had several national level drivers here practicing for the ROK Fest West event which aided in our entry numbers and increased the competition, but we will take it. We saw teams leave happy and drivers leave smiling so we know that we are doing something right.”

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125cc Shifter LTD

It was a twelve-driver strong 125cc Shifter LTD field and it was Patrick Beckley who was atop the results sheet when the final checkered flag waved. Earning himself the fastest lap of the race, Beckley opened a gap of 2.124 over the second-place runner of Jim Kidd. Stephan Gaudreau was the best of the rest in third to earn another podium result in the 2021 season as he finished just over a second ahead of Dee Baldwin in fourth and Ori Della Penna in the fifth position. Steven Piggott earned the pole position, fastest lap in heat one, win in heat two but only completed three of the eighteen laps in the days main event.

Junior 100cc

It was all Chase Hand and Christian Cameron in the Junior 100cc class with Hand getting the upper hand for lack of a better term. Hand was able to secure the pole position and the win in the first heat before driving to the victory in the main event. Cameron was the only driver to be able dethrone Hand in heat two. It looked like Cameron would challenge Hand for the win again in the final but an engine issue on the last few laps slowed Cameron. Hand took the win and Cameron in second, Stephan Eisert joined them on the podium in third while Ayrton Tyler and Valen Venkatesh finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Mini ROK & Micro ROK

In the combined Mini ROK and Micro ROK class it was Turner Brown that topped the results sheets at the end of the day taking home the fastest lap of the race and a narrow victory. Finishing .262 in arrears of Brown was Jackson Baldus as the Walz brothers of Devin and Drew finished fourth and fifth respectively with Brendan Tran in the fifth position. The Micro ROK race win went to Landon Cordero-Dolph as Mateo Calderon was classified in the second position before post-race technical inspection. After tech was complete, Kanishk Karia was elevated to the second step on the podium as Calderon was relegated to third.

Pro ROK Shifter

Hunter Pickett converted his Pro Shifter pole position into a main event victory as he was the driver to beat in the fourteen-kart field. Taking a 4.405 win in the twenty-five-lap main event, Pickett scored the fastest lap of the race at a blistering 43.512 to run away from the field. Cole Shade pushed to keep pace with Pickett but had to settle for the second position while Ryan Martin stood on the podium in third. Kevin Woods finish only half a second behind Martin for the fourth position with Jacob Gulick finished fifth.

 

Master 100cc & Senior 100cc

The Senior 100cc was one of the largest classes on the race weekend and it was Ayrton Little that reigned supreme when the final checkered flag flew. Complete the 18-lap main event in just over fourteen and a half minutes, Little was the most consistent driver throughout the final and managed to stretch the gap to his nearest competitor by 3.727. Christopher Martin was the next best as he secured the second position on track while Josh Campbell celebrated on the podium in third. Eddie Shimmon and William D’Elia finished fourth and fifth respectively. The Masters 100cc class was won by Scott Formanek.

Senior ROK & Master ROK

Josh Campbell drove to victory in the Senior ROK class as he dominated the field of competitors. Turning a race lap that was nearly one second ahead of his closest rival, Campbell drove to an easy victory ahead of Colin McGrath and Sarah Densham

A ten-driver strong Master ROK field was led by veteran front-runner and multi-time race winner Billy Cleavelin as he put on a clinic in the main event to take the race win by 5.342. Scoring the fastest lap nearly two-tenths faster than the competition, Cleavelin was the man to beat throughout the weekend. Hunter Hagenbuch outpaced Georgios Georgiou for the second step on the podium as Paul Bonilla finish in the fourth position. Mario Blanco Gonzalez raced the gap for much of the race to finish fifth, finishing eight seconds behind Bonilla and seven seconds ahead of Jure Gaspar.

The next event in the ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru will be October 23rd as ROKKERS will compete in round eight of the nine race series. Be sure to login to the Kart Pass App and get registered today!

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