Five Victories at Florida Winter Tour for OTK Products in St. Pete

Total of 15 podiums outside Tropicana Field for second stop of winter ROK Cup USA series

Jorge Ortiz has two wins in the competitive ROK Junior division (Photo: Canadian Karting News)

The ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour reached the halfway point with their second event of the 2022 program. OTK drivers and teams converged on the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on the February 17-20 weekend for another full round of racing. Four of the 10 categories were a top-five sweep by OTK products along with five drivers repeating as winners on their OTK machines.

VLR Junior driver Helio Meza (Iron Rock Motorsports / Tony Kart) was among the repeat winners, leading a top-five sweep for OTK in the category. Meza won by over four seconds ahead of Charlies Smith (Nash Motorsportz / EOS) with Cooper Shipman joining his teammate on the podium. California driver Christian Cameron (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) and Camryn Reed (Iron Rock Motorsports / Tony Kart) capped off the top-five sweep.

Jeremy Fletcher (GWR / Tony Kart) was able to earn his second victory of the series in VLR Senior in an exciting battle. Fletcher fought off Ryan Norberg (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) and Adam Ali (Racing Edge Motorsports / Kosmic) for the win. Rocco Pasquarella (CDR / Kosmic) was fourth with Weston Duchak (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) in the fifth spot.

Helio Meza celebrates his second victory of the season in VLR Junior (Photo: Canadian Karting News)

The ROK Master class was another OTK sweep of the top-five. William Isaias (International Motorsports / Tony Kart) secured the win on the race track, but was moved back two positions for a start infraction. That promoted Round One winner Renato Jader David (Orsolon Racing / Tony Kart) to the top step of the podium and Danillo Ramalho (Racing Edge Motorsports / Kosmic) to second. Federico Montoya (Alessandro Racing / Kosmic) and Lucas Iglesias (Alessandro Racing / Kosmic) made up the all OTK top-five.

Jorge Ortiz (Supertune / Tony Kart) was able to lead a second straight OTK top-five result in the ROK Junior division. Ortiz scored maximum points on the weekend, finishing with a 2.4-second advantage in the Final for the victory. Teddy Musella (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) was second ahead of Joao Vergara (Orsolon Racing / Tony Kart). G3 Argyros (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) and Steven Miller (CDR / EOS) finished fourth and fifth.

A triumphant second victory in the series for Jeremy Fletcher in VLR Senior (Photo: Canadian Karting News)

The fifth victory of the weekend came thanks to Brazilian Matheus Morgatto (AM Racing Team / Exprit). The recent SKUSA Winter Series champion added a second straight at the FWT, winning by 1.2 seconds over fellow countryman Diego Ramos (Racing Edge Motorsports / Kosmic) in the ROK Senior division. Adding to the podium results was Santiago Namnum (International Motorsport / Tony Kart) with a runner-up in Micro ROK. Canadian Decklan Deonarine (Goodwood / Exprit) and Matheus Ramalho (Racing Edge Motorsports / Kosmic) were fourth and fifth in the same class. Asher Ochstein (Supertune / Tony Kart) was fifth in Mini ROK while Alex Dal Bon (LOS Brothers / Tony Kart) was fourth in VLR Master to complete the top-five results by OTK drivers.

Many OTK USA competitors displayed a decal to honor the passing of Jose Tito Zanella (Photo: OTK USA)

Many of the OTK racers honored the recent passing of Jose Tito Zanella by placing a memorial decal on their karts for the weekend. Again, all the wins earned in St. Pete were dedicated to ‘Tito’.

The Florida Winter Tour is set to conclude on March 10-13 at the Orlando Kart Center with the third and final round of action contested at the Orlando, Florida facility.

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