As teams and drivers get set for the Champion Ron Fellows Karting Challenge season finale at Goodwood this weekend, series management is excited to announce both Rok involvement and expansion plans for the 2018 campaign! A five race CRFKC schedule has been tentatively put in place for next year, and two-cycle classes will officially be Rok Cup Canada! The news is being well received in the Goodwood paddock, with some of Ontario’s largest and most experienced karting entities fully supporting the transition and expansion.
“I believe it’s the perfect time to introduce a fresh product, especially for two-cycle racers in Ontario,” said Prime Powerteam owner and manager Trevor Wickens.
“We have always been a proud supporter of the CRFKC, and as we look to generate two-cycle fields beyond 30 in Ontario once again, it is imperative that teams and clubs join together. The Rok engine will be a key ingredient in reviving two-cycle racing next season, and schedule expansion is very welcome news.”
While things are indeed shaping up for the year ahead, the current campaign leaves no doubt that Rok is already rolling. Among drivers that have registered for the CRFKC finale this weekend in Junior, Senior and Masters, 80% are expected to utilize Rok power, and the Junior and Senior fields should prove to be the largest two-cycle grids of the season. Drivers from Junior, Senior and Masters will also earn spots on the National Roster for the Rok Cup International Final this October, joining shifter pilots Ethan Simioni and Antonio Serravalle, who have already qualified.
“The support we have received during transition to a new formula is truly refreshing,” said Rok importer Marco Di Leo.
“Change is never easy, but often necessary, and rebuilding a program can be a daunting task. With an underlying desire to get it right, we’ve worked hard to both implement this program and protect its integrity for years to come. In just a few short weeks, we have introduced the Rok, and registration is showing the series is maintaining or even building upon its numbers from the past. This gives us a huge head start as we look to 2018.”
As previously noted, all drivers with Rok power are eligible for points at the CRFKC finale as the race season works to a close. Drivers are also reminded that CRFKC, TRAK and MIKA will be ROK ONLY in two-cycle classes for 2018, with new class structures having been established and confirmed. As such, karters are once again reminded that Rok Cup Canada is offering a trade-in opportunity, which will ease the transition to Vortex power. Trades can be arranged at Goodwood Kartways or through any authorized Canadian Vortex dealer.
Vortex Engines has been at the forefront of karting for over 20 years, and collected 17 World Cups over a variety of categories. Vortex Engines’ production is divided between units for international competition, and Rok engines for one-make Rok Cup championships around the world. For more information please visit www.goodwoodkartways.com, www.vortex-rok.com, and visit us at Goodwood this weekend.