To get everyone caught up on the week, Rok Cup International Final events started Tuesday with Free Practice and Kart/Motor distribution. All of our drivers qualified for entry and kart and equipment (along with travel and hotel) with wins in various Rok programs around the country over the past 12-months, compliments of Vortex.
Wednesday the drivers shook down their karts in all-day practice. Thursday was practice in the morning, followed by Driver Briefing, then Qualifying. Friday was Heat Race day, and today Pre-Finals and Finals.
In Mini Rok, Wagner suffered a tech DQ in Qualifying, then a mechanical in one of his heat races, otherwise driving from the back in each Heat Race to respectable finishes. Unfortunately, he did not make the Pre-Final cut. Hunter Kelly was in the top half of his Heats except one from an early retire. Hunter raced through his Pre-Final and just finished 20th in the Final.
In Junior Rok, Ignacio Salvucci struggled with power issues all weekend, not to mention he was 20-lbs overweight. In his Pre-Final effort, he suffered fuel pickup issues, forcing his retirement.
In SuperRok, Ariel Castro practiced all week in the top-3 of Elite 30 (Master), but when qualifying came, he suffered a flat tire in the very early laps. Playing catch up in the Heats, Ariel finished respectfully, making the Pre-Final, but not the Final, ending his week. AJ Myers on the other hand, gained the attention of the paddock often coming home in the top five/ten in his respective competitive elements. A collision from another driver in the Pre-final knocked him back a few pegs in the order, (from running top-8). AJ is poised to start his Final in about a half-hour, starting 27th.