ROKKERS hit the eight-turn Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) facility for the second round of the ROK Cup Promotions 2018 Florida Winter Tour. With an increase in championship points available, drivers need to put everything on the line to either keep their championship hopes alive or move up in the rankings. Friday kicked off with official event practice, followed by Qualifying and Heat 1.
Parolin USA’s Caleb Gafrarar topped the charts in Micro ROK Qualifying and went on the best the field in Heat 1 with a 4.629 second margin of victory. Fellow Parolin Kart driver Luis Alejandro Umana and Kaos Kart Shop’s Danny Dyszelski completed the top-three.
Jeremy Fletcher, who is driving with the Mike Doty Racing team, clocked quickest in Mini ROK Qualifying, edging out Jace Park and Diego LaRoque, who both posted time 0.047 seconds off Fletcher’s pole time. Fletcher came out on top again in the Heat 1 A vs. B group, followed by Park and Carson Morgan. In the C vs. D Heat, Energy’s Diego LaRoque bested Speed Concept Racing’s Alex Powell and Koene USA’s James Egozi.
In the combined qualifications, AM/Parolin Racing’s Matheus Morgatto made himself the driver to beat in ROK Junior. The session was extremely close, as Connor Zilisch, Ugo Ugochukwu and Dale Curran were all less than a tenth off of pole time. Round one main event winner Tyler Gonzalez emerged the victor in the A vs. B Heat 1, followed by polesitter Morgatto and Zilisch. Canada’s Dale Curran won the C vs. D Heat 1 by a hefty margin with Luca Mars second and Arias Deukmedjian third.
In another close Qualifying session, Diego Ramos of NF Piquet Sports, posted fast time in ROK Senior with PSL Karting’s Ryan Norberg a mere 0.050 seconds back. In the heat, Ramos nipped Norberg by an unbelievable 0.001 seconds with Prime Power Team’s Ryan MacDermid third.
Zanella Racing’s Gabriel Iemma took the top spot in Qualifying in ROK Masters with Magno Gaia of Orsolon Racing just missing the top spot by 0.091 seconds. Gaia posted the win in Heat 1 followed by Iemma in second and Michael Auriemma third.
ROK Shifter Senior
After finishing on the podium in Palm Beach, Ocala Gran Prix’s Austin Garrison topped the charts in ROK Shifter Senior qualifying followed closely by OGP teammate Zachary Hollingshead and AM/Parolin Racing’s Mathias Ramirez. Ramirez went on to take a 0.329 victory in the heat over Garrison and Jimmy Cabrera.
ROK Shifter Masters
Vicki Brian, driving under the Orlando Kart Center banner, bested the ROK Shifter Masters field with Andres Hoffmann and Farshad Bagheri 0.025 and 0.030 seconds off her pole time respectively. In the heat, the order was switched to Hoffmann finishing first with Bagheri second and Brian falling to third.