ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru Wraps Up 2021 Season
With a two-day event weekend slated to close the 2021 ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru Championships, ROKKERs took on the famed Sonoma Raceway in a double event weekend. With weather wreaking havoc on the weekend, series officials elected to change the event format to run two main events in one day, forgoing the heat races, to ensure teams and competitors got their full season in the books. At the end of a long day, but shorter weekend, ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru crowned their series champions.
“We had to act quick on our feet, but we have an experienced staff and got the job down,” explained Steve Cameron. “Congratulations to both our round eight and nine winners, as well as our champions. We can thank our teams and their customers, or racers, for the help, support and hard work to push through yet another season with even more growth than previous years.”
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125cc Shifter LTD
In round eight, it was Patrick Beckley who converted his fastest lap of the race into a victory as he dominated the twenty-lap main event to claim the checkered flag. Stephan Gaudreau was the best of the rest in second as he outpaced Jim Kidd who scored the third and final step on the podium. Steven Piggott and Greg Hoff rounded out the top-five. Returning to the track for round nine, it was Jim Van Sickle who took the 125cc Shifter LTD win as he was able to narrowly edge out Jim Kidd by .100 to earn the top step of the podium. Patrick Beckley scored the fastest lap of the race, nearly half a second faster than any of his rivals to claim the third step on the podium just ahead of Steve Cameron and Steven Piggott.
Christian Cameron was a man on a mission in the Junior 100cc category for the first main event of the weekend as he stole the show scoring the fastest lap and victory by more than ten seconds. Alex Rantala and Ayrton Tyler had a solid battle for second and third with Rantala coming out on top as Valen Venkatesh and Monty Tipton finished fourth and fifth respectively. Cameron managed to double up the class wins on the day as he claimed the round nine victory by seven seconds after opting to start last, Rantala and Altman would finish second and third respectively ahead of Ayrton Tyler and Valen
Cason Hodge squeaked out the Micro ROK win in the first final of the weekend taking top honors by a scant .265 over Mateo Calderon. Kanishk Karia joined the front two on the podium in third as Landon Cordero-Dolph was fourth. Round nine would see the top two positions not change with Hodge taking his second win of the weekend and accompanied that victory with the fastest race lap. Calderon was again second, but this time ahead of Cordero-Dolph in third and Karia in fourth.
Pro ROK Shifter
Hunter Pickett returned to his familiar place at the front of the field and the top of the podium adding another win to his race resume in Pro Shifter during round eight. Jacob Gulick held Enzo Prevost at bay for the second position as Prevost edged Kevin Woods for third. Tim Barber crossed the stripe in fifth just ahead of Ryan Martin. Pickett also doubled up on race wins on the weekend adding another victory to his 2021 win total as Ryan Martin improved on his previous day’s finish to come home second. Jacob Gulick scored his second podium result on the weekend just ahead of Enzo Prevost and Kevin Woods.
Master ROK Shifter
With three Master ROK Shifter competitors all three would end up on the podium led by Alan Morte in round eight. Patrick O’Neill earned himself the second step ahead of Travis Bowles in third. Patrick O’Neil returned in the second main event of the weekend to take the win as he and Morte flipped positions in round nine. Travis Bowles would eventually be classified in the third position.
Eddie Shimmon was on another planet with his performance in the Senior 100cc class taking the fastest lap award by only a few tenths of a second, but the race win by more than twenty seconds total. Ayrton Little was second and Roman Madrigal finished third. Will D’Elia and Jack Harmuth finished fourth and fifth respectively. Little would get the best of Shimmon in round nine to take home the victory as Shimmon claimed the P2 position and his second fastest race lap in as many days. D’Elia, Madrigal and Harmuth finished third, fourth and fifth to close the season.
Senior ROK & Master ROK
In the combined Senior ROK and Master ROK events it was Roman Madrigal who took home the Senior ROK round eight victory ahead of Sarah Densham and Colin McGrath. Georgios Georgiou reigned supreme in the eighth round of Master ROK as he beat Hunter Hagenbuch and Daniel Jones to the top step of the podium. Madrigal would repeat his Senior ROK performance in round nine to add two wins on the weekend with McGrath leveling up from third to second and demoting Sarah Densham to the third and final step on the podium. Georgiou followed suit in Master ROK taking the final event victory from Mario Blanco and Daniel Jones who also celebrated on the podium.
With the 2021 season now complete, ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru officials will shift their focus to the 2022 edition. Stay tuned for news, information and schedule announcements on the horizon.
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