Bloemfontein lightie Stuart White (RKT Kosmic) missed out on the high school Junior Rok world title by seven-hundredths of a second in a fraught final that saw the top thee crashing over the line. White sat third on the grid and initially ran third before being shuffled down the order to fifth, from which he fought back to sit second behind Italian Francesco Pagano (RKT Kosmic).
White was then passed by another Italian Danny Carenini (TonyKart) early in the final lap before Carenini attacked Pagano, who had led most of the way, which allowed White to draw level as the three approached final hairpin before contact between them saw the trio crossing the line at all angles with Carenini taking it from White.
Capetonian Jason Coetzee was also among a 74 kart entry to reach the final but an early incident saw him drop to the back before driving back up to 27th. It was 2015 SA Junior Rok champion White’s third successful World Final and also follows a strong year in the FIA’s Academy Cup in Europe. Capetonian Jason Coetzee was another driver among a 74 kart entry to reach the 33-kart final but an early incident saw him drop to the back before driving back up to 27th.
South African X30 shifter champion Nathan Parkins (RKT Kosmic) from Pretoria suffered a setback to tumble down the order in the second Shifter Rok pre-final, leaving him with a mountain to climb in the final despite clawing his way back to pass 19 karts en route to to 15th on the final grid determined off the last pre-final. But Nathan put in a stunning race to end fifth overall as Italian Giacomo Pollini (CRG) sped off to a dominant victory
SA’s other Shifter Rok Finalist Keagan Masters (FA Kart) qualified well in 10th but a second lap altercation saw him tumbling to the tail of the field before fighting back to 23rd.
Cape Town’s 2015 SA Max Challenge champion Jonathan Aberdein (FA Kart) drove an astounding race to end sixth in the open class Rok 125cc final. Aberdein qualified third for the final and found himself on a recalcitrant kart but drove masterfully to keep the horde behind at bay for the majority of the race as Szymon Szyszko drove to victory although he eventually dropped to sixth at the end
SA RKT Zanardi lads Saood Variyawa and Jayden Els were among the 33 karts to qualify for the primary school Mini Rok championship with Variyawa 12th on the grid and Els 15th and after briefly dicing each other, Variyawa gradually pulled away to end 9th with unofficial Mini Rok World Title going to Italian Mattia Michelotto who came from 8th on the grid to take the race on the final lap.
Issued on behalf of Vortex Rok SA