THURSDAY – OCTOBER 23 – NON-QUALIFYING PRACTICE
Official free practice was run this morning at South Garda Karting, and the drivers are now into the afternoon sessions, which is classified at Non-Qualifying Practice. Qualifying for tomorrow’s heat races will cap today’s on-track action. The class order is Rok, Junior Rok, Super Rok, Mini Rok, Rok Shifter. The midday temps are in the high 60s and the track is enjoying sunshine.
In the Junior Rok class, Olivier Bellanger and Ryan Norberg were both in the front half of their session, Bellanger in 12th and Norberg in 14th, less than a half-second off the lead pace.
The North American contingent struggled in Super Rok. Remo Ruscitti led the way, sitting 24th in the first afternoon session, right around 0.8 seconds off the lead pace in Group 1. Don McGregor is running in the E30 class (over 30 years of age) and was 27th, while Joran Redlin ran just two laps before being collected by a driver who went off track, then shot back into the racing line, hitting Redlin in the right rear and bending his axle. In the second group, Chris Eagles is also running in the E30 class and is 2.9 seconds back in 34th, and has work to do to find speed. Rok Cup USA champ Dustin Stross was in the pits early, having turning just three laps.
In the first group of Mini Rok, Ricardo Villasmil was 23rd, back by just over a second. Canadian Antonio Serravalle looks good in Group 2, sitting 11th, less than three tenths off, while Mathias Rameriz was 21st. Lachan DeFrancenso led the North American contingent in Group 3, finishing up fifth, 0.373 off the fast time in the group, while David Morales was 25th. In the final group, Jagger Jones looks to be in the hunt, sitting fifth, just 0.195 back. Dylan Tavela was seventh (+0.309) while Jace Jones was 17th (+0.657).
Of the six Rok Cup USA drivers is Rok Shifter, AJ Myers has the best pace, running sixth in the session, off by just over a tenth. Augie Lerch was 22nd, over seven tenths back. Four of the drivers are in the E30 class (Masters) and it was Brazil’s Valdir Belizario who was quickest, coming in 24th overall and third of the eight E30 drivers. Rok USA champ Gonzalo Aponte was 28th, while Tom Hankinson and Daniel Miglorancia were 32nd and 34th, respectively.
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