53 Rokkers and 21 GP125 competitors took to the track for the 1st Round of the ROK cup SA Championship with 3 countries represented, totaling 74 entries for the event held at Vereeniging’s Laserfche Raceway. A record amount of 26 Mini ROK competitors fielded the grid. An extremely positive showing for South African junior karting with some fresh young talent coming through the ranks which is currently biggest single make air cooled engine category internationally.
In the Micro ROK category Gauteng based Luke Hill (Steelform, Praga)claimed pole position and 3 race wins to take overall honors for the day followed by Anthon Lombard (Praga) and Luan Mostert (AMV Group Kosmic).
Like the DVS and MSA Academy classes, Micro ROK class is expected to grow exponentially due to the economic benefits and equality provided via the engines being controlled by the importers and competitors randomly drawing and engine for the event.
If the numbers and talent pool is anything to go by the Mini ROK class is certainly where you want to be racing to further develop and hone your skills for your future racing career. One of the biggest Mini ROK Fields in South African karting history took to the track and saw Jarrod Waberski (DAW, Praga) coming out on top with Pole and 3 race wins when the dust settled. He was closely followed by Jordan Brooks (BirelArt SA)and Nik Roos (RKT, Kosmic).
The MSA academy saw some of South Africa’s and Africa’s most promising young talent fighting it out on track. Zachary Dufty( Zimbabwe) and Rodrigo Almeida (Mozambique) made the trip to South Africa to put their skills to the test in the MSA Academy class this past weekend. Zachary Dufty (Kosmic) took pole position closely followed by Joseph Ellerine (Kosmic) and Rodrigo Almeida (Kosmic). The top 6 positions after Qualification was split by 0.092 sec and the entire field by 0.746 sec.
Joshua Coertze (Protec Group, Kosmic) was in dominant form on the day and took 3 wins to open up his championship chase followed by Aqil Alibhai (Kingsway, Kosmic) and Leyton Fourie (Compendium Insurance Brokers, Tonykart).
The newly introduced Super ROK DVS class saw some top drivers, old rivals and new talent take to the track. This ultra-fast category will soon become the pinnacle of karting in south Africa where old and young multiple champions will battle it out for top honors.
2017 MSA Academy winner Jordan North (Kosmic) finished on top with pole position and two heat wins over one heat win by Blaine Rademeyer (Squadra Corse, FA Kart) in second. Dino Stermin (Designer Trims, Kosmic) took the last step on the podium after a tough day of racing.
Round 2 of the ROK Cup SA championship will head to Cape Town on the 11th of May where a wave of ROK competitors will hit the track.
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