This weekend, the worlds best “Rokkers” have convened on the South Garda Karting facility in Lonato, Italy. The annual Rok Cup International Final continues to draw plenty of international talent with 300 drivers entered, and 27 countries represented including a handful of Canadians. The event features a full array of classes all aboard Vortex Rok engine platforms, including Mini-Rok, Junior Rok, Senior Rok, Super Rok, and Rok Shifter, with drivers selecting a team and chassis brand.
The event schedule has Qualifying on Thursday October 17, with heat racing on Thursday and Friday, and pre-finals and Championship Finals on Saturday.
Ontario driver Antonio Serravalle (TonyKart) posted the third quickest time in Mini-Rok qualifying, giving himself a front row starting spot for each of his heat races. He then converted that pole position into a heat race win.
In Super Rok, a pair of Canadians from the west coast Canadian Rok Cup join the grid as part of the Masters sub-division. It was a tough day for our two Masters as Bob Wakeling and Michael Peltier qualified 60th and 62nd in the 70-kart field. The Super Rok class will kick off their heats on Friday.
After a day of heat racing, it was time for business at the Rok Cup in Italy. Antonio Serravalle scored two heat race wins, but trouble in his third heat scored him maximum points for an on-track incident, and as a result he would be ranked 16th overall. Starting Pre-Final B from eighth place, Serravalle held his own but lost one spot at the line to finish ninth, meaning he would start 18th for the Final.
Completing a roller coaster of a weekend, Serravalle would move up the order twelve lap final, to finish just outside the top-ten in eleventh. Ultimately it was not the result the Toronto driver was looking for, but nonetheless impressed many.
In the Super Rok category, our Masters Bob Wakeling and Michael Peltier continued to struggle. All weekend long the two battled with technical issues on their Rok powerplants, from faulty spark plugs to batteries, making it a rough trip. Starting from the rear of Pre Final A, both Wakeling and Peltier did what they could but ultimately finished 28th and 31st and did not transfer to the main event.