Campbell's launch in the Final of Shifter Master was the advantage he needed

A newly energized pace in the 20-lap final at ROK Festival NOLA gave Campbell a surprising win over Jones.

Jason Campbell
Jason Campbell. /John Johnson / Kart360

Jason Campbell had a rather pedestrian run going through the heats aboard his DRT USA/DR Kart, collecting a 3/3/5/4 scorecard, well behind front running Mike Jones from Dallas Karting Complex who swept the quartet of heats.

However, in the Final, Campbell timed the launch perfectly, catapulting himself to the lead into turn one from his third place starting spot. Of course the launch only got him the initial lead, but it was his newfound pace that kept him there. Campbell held a consistent 1 to 2 second advantage over the Sodi Kart of Jones throughout the 20-lap final.

The win for Campbell was one of the bigger surprises of the day, and one of the bigger disappointments for Jones.

Gonzalo Aponte finished third to conclude the podium finishers.

2018 ROK Festival NOLA Shifter ROK Master Final

Rnk # Driver Laps Gap Best Time
1 503 JASON CAMPBELL 20 1:02.798
2 565 MIKE JONES 20 2.632 1:02.841
3 544 GONZALO APONTE 20 7.393 1:03.018
4 525 PETER LICCIARDI 20 10.146 1:03.072
5 521 NATHAN STEWART 20 10.426 1:03.168
6 505 FARSHAD BAGHERI 20 26.135 1:03.865
7 528 CHAD LEE 16 4 Laps 1:04.261
8 533 TIM HANNEN 11 9 Laps 1:03.801