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Junior ROK: Gonzalez, Denmark-Gessel, Barrichello, Morgatto are in to the Final

Fairbairn just misses final by 5 positions.

Tyler Gonzalez starts 16th in the Final.
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Just as we saw in Senior ROK, the younger generation also has three drivers representing Team ROK Cup USA in today's Final here in Lonato at the ROK Cup International Final.

Tyler Gonzalez, with a great run this morning in his final heat race, finishing third, will roll off 16th after a 9-9-9-10-3 heat race record. That third place stands out, as it came this morning and after they missed morning warmup while they fixed an engine issue. Could they they perhaps have found some extra speed this morning that could put him into the top five in the Final later? We'll have to wait and see.

Jace Denmark-Gessell, who led a lap and a half this morning in the same heat Gonzalez finished third, will roll off 20th, which could have been much better if not for a penalty in his second heat.

Eduardo Barrichello and Matheus Morgatto have slipped in to the tail end of the field here, starting together on the 13th row in 25th and 26th respectively. Morgatto has shown some speed at times and could be in for a leap to the front in the final if the cards fall correctly.

In the Bridgestone Trophy, Jeremy Fairbairn will start 5th as he just missed out on the Final by 9 points. Fairbairn had health issues on Friday with a cold setting in seemingly out of nowhere, coupled with a pushback bumper penalty that probably was the major factor in his missed opportunity.

Canadian Mackenzie Clark and Brazilian Fernando Barrichello will join Fairbairn in the "B Main".