ROK Sonoma Completes Round Four
Daily sweeps highlight several classes in fourth round
The fourth round of the ROK Sonoma Presented by Sanzaru is now in the books and the story of the event was class sweeps. With several drivers earning their respective pole position, heat race wins and main event victory, it was a dominant day for many. With the next event in July the official halfway point of the series, teams and competitors can start circling key events that will be the deciding factor in close championship point races.
125cc Shifter LTD
Nicholas Colyvas squeaked out the 125cc Shifter LTD pole position by .009 over eventual race winner Pat Beckley, who was the first to receive the checkered flag in the day’s main event. Steve Piggott scored the fastest lap honor in the day’s final to come home second as he outpaced Travis Bowles who claimed the third and final step on the podium. Trevor Geter could not keep pace with the lead trio falling ten seconds back over the 15-lap race to finish fourth while pole position winner Nicholas Colyvas ended his day in fifth.
Junior & Master 100cc
Max Altman took home fast lap honors in the Junior 100cc class by earning the pole position, but it was Christian Cameron who was the driver to beat once the wheel-to-wheel racing commenced. Scoring the two heat race wins and main event victory, Cameron topped the podium blocks ahead of Altman and Anthony White, who earned the fastest race lap in the final. Yana Kapoor was fourth, just ahead of Ethan Booher in the fifth position.
Cory Svean was the fastest Master 100cc driving in qualifying as he earned the elusive pole position but once the race action began, he was unable to hang on. Andrew Wait would rise to the occasion as he wasted no time moving to the front in the heat races and continued his daily momentum to take the main event win en route to a dominant fastest race lap. Scott Formanek was the best of the rest finishing 13.577 seconds in arrears of the winner to stand on the second step of the podium, just ahead of John Madrigal, David Kao and Kieron James who rounded out the top-five.
Mini & Micro ROK presented by SSI Racing
In the nine driver Micro and Mini ROK combined class, Mateo Calderon and Landon Cordero-Dolph both converted their pole positions to main event wins. Calderon went on to dominate the Mini ROK category to earn top honors over Gabby Guidera in second and Erik Doan in third. The second driver of the Guidera family, Matt, would cross the line in fourth ahead of Henry Fogarty in the fifth position. Landon Cordero-Dolph was unpressured in the Micro ROK class to easily drive to a dominant victory over Jimmy Fogarty, Kylie Johnson and Neev Adesra.
Senior 100cc presented by OPI Builders
It was a 13-kart strong Senior 100cc class which was led by Eddie Shimmon in the day’s main event. Sweeping the day to earn the pole position, two heat race wins and main event victory, Shimmon scored the win by .450 over Christopher Martin, who earned the fastest lap in the day’s final. Gino Sandoval joined Shimmon and Martin on the podium in third albeit 5.188 seconds in arrears of the front pair. Matteo Sandoval was the best of the rest in P4 while Ryan Persing crossed the line fifth in the 18-lap main event.
Pro ROK Shifter & Master ROK Shifter
It was another class sweep in the Pro Shifter class as Ryan Martin was a man on a mission as it all kicked off behind him. Pressured in the heat races by Christian Brooks, Brooks would eventually fall to fifth in the main event opening the door for drivers behind him. Brian Keck earned the second step on the podium as Aidan O’Neill followed suit in third. Kevin Woods crossed the stripe in the fourth position, just ahead of Brooks in fifth. In the Master ROK Shifter class, it was Patrick O’Neill who would pick up the win and score maximum points on the weekend.
Senior ROK & Master ROK
In the combined Master ROK / Senior ROK class, seven karts would hit the track as they fought for both the overall and class victories. Dan Jones would take a four-second win in the Masters class over Hunter Hagenbuch and David Palic, who both scored podium results. Fred Clark and Mario Gonzalez would round out the top-five. On the Senior side of the program, the top two positions were claimed by Torsten Olsen and Colin McGrath.
Correction: In race #3 Master ROK class, David Palic finished 3rd after Fred Clark was penalized one position for avoidable contact, sorry for the error David.
The next event in the 2022 ROK Sonoma schedule will be over the the July 30-31 weekend.
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