2018 Florida Winter Tour – RD3 – Orlando Kart Center – Sunday

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It all comes down to this weekend at the Orlando Kart Center for the third and final round of the 2018 ROK Cup Promotions Florida Winter Tour.

Championships will be decided and with an approximate 33% increase in points, stakes are high. With perfect weather conditions expected at the Orlando hotspot, teams will be tested to perfect kart setups and give their drivers the best chance possible. Sunday saw the completion of the 2018 FWT, with prefinals and finals deciding the class champions, with Mini ROK, Junior ROK, Senior ROK, Masters ROK, Shifter ROK and Shifter Master ROK Series Champions receiving 2018 ROK International Finals Ticket for the event in Lonato, Italy in October 2018 and the entire Micro ROK championship podium awarded ROK the RIO prize packages.

Micro ROK
On a tear throughout the entire weekend, Caleb Gafrarar dominated the Micro ROK Prefinal, besting Danny Dyszelski by more than five seconds. The Final saw more from the Parolin USA driver, and while Dyszelski put more pressure in the 15-lap main, Gafrarar completed the weekend sweep at the Orlando Kart Center and also claimed the championship in the Micro ROK division. Dyszelski finished second in both the final and the points, as did Matias Orjuela, placing third in each. The trio received ROK the RIO entries for their outstanding FWT efforts, and will be ones to watch in Las Vegas come November.
Mini ROK
Yesterday’s Mini ROK Heat 3 winner Kai Sorensen continued where he left off, posting the Prefinal win over Speed Concepts Racing’s Alex Powell and Jace Park. A close Final race again saw Sorensen in the top spot, with James Egozi’s Tony Kart a slight 0.072 seconds back with Powell close in third. Egozi was able to edge out Sorenson for the Mini ROK championship title with Powell placing third.
ROK Junior
ROK Junior Prefinal action put PSL Karting’s Thomas Nepveu again on point, posting a nearly four second victory over Ugo Ugochukwu and Arias Deukmedjian. Adding the Final win to his weekend haul in Orlando, Nepveu beat out Matheus Morgatto and Deukmedjian in the 18-lap main. The ROK Junior title, however, went to Morgatto, followed by Ugochukwu as Vice-Champion and Nepveu third.
ROK Senior
Ryan MacDermid was able to move up in the ROK Senior Prefinal to score the win over Ryan Norberg and Eduardo Barrichello. The Final victory went to Ryan Norberg, who bested hard-charger Arthur Leist, who started near the tail of the field after a five second penalty in the prefinal. Eduardo Barrichello completed the day’s podium. The championship standings saw Ryan Norberg score back-to-back FWT ROK Senior titles, with Barrichello and MacDermid completing the championship podium.
ROK Masters
Seemingly unstoppable, Orsolon Racing’s Magno Gaia out dueled the ROK Masters field by nearly six seconds in Sunday’s Prefinal race. Wesley Phillips and Gabriel Iemma came home second and third respectively. The Final saw more of the same for Iemma, a lot more in fact, with the Tony Kart pilot posting a nearly 10 second victory with VSR’s Adrian Donkers classified second and Iemma third. The same three returned to the championship podium, with Gaia the class titleholder, and Donkers and Iemma again second and third overall.
ROK Shifter Senior
In ROK Shifter Senior, the Kosmic of Jimmy Cabrera came out on top in Prefinal action, followed by Mathias Ramirez and AJ Myers. A last lap pass in the day’s Final propelled Ramirez to the win and the championship title, with Cabrera finishing the race second and Rubens Barrichello back on the podium in third. Cabrera also finished second on the championship podium with Myers in third.
ROK Shifter Masters
Peter Licciardi steered his BirelART to a first place finish in the ROK Shifter Masters Prefinal, beating Hernando Sanchez and Farshad Bagheri by nearly four seconds. Another strong run in the Final put Licciardi on top of the day’s podium followed again by Sanchez and TB Kart’s Chris Gannon, who was the Final’s hard charger. In the championship points, Farshad was able to hold onto the top spot to claim the title, with Licciardi Vice-Champion and Michel Legrand in third.
*Results unofficial


Credits: Cody Schindel

Created by: scorradengo - 19/03/18

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