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What To Watch For: ROK Cup Midwest Pitt Race Complex

ROK Cup USA heads north for inaugural Midwest event

This weekend Kart360 will be On Location for the inaugural ROK Cup Midwest event. We will be providing live results, photos, interviews, and the latest news from the event including exclusive content on our Snapchat and Instagram, which you can find using the handle Kart360.

A New Beginning

The ROK Cup USA program has been a staple in the Florida karting scene and with its recent growth in both the Florida Winter Tour and their regional program the series has decided to expand in 2016. In an effort to grow their platform ROK Cup USA started the ROK Cup Midwest championship that would be a two round championship competing and two of the most popular tracks north of the Mason-Dixon line. This weekend the series will kick off at the Pitt Race Complex, or widely known as Beaverun. Following this weekend the series will move to New Castle Motorsports Park August 26th.

Unpredictable Track Surface

A storyline this weekend could possibly be an unpredictable track surface. Earlier this year the Pitt Race circuit was resurfaced and during the most recent round of the F-Series where they compete on a soft tire, parts of the track started to come up. Track management have quickly responded to the issue and have repaired the track surface with RHYNO-SEAL which is known to become quite gripping when it gets warm. This could test the driver’s skill as corners could have a wide variety of grip levels depending on if there is the sealer or not.

Ryan Norberg
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Norberg’s Newest Challengers

After winning the ROK CUP Florida Championship Ryan Norberg has his sights set on winning the Midwest championship. We already know he is the odds on favorite, but who will be his biggest challenger? We see Luke Van Herwaarde (Mach1) and Mark Boos (Tony Kart) as his two biggest threats. Van Herwaarde has been quite successful in Australia this season and Boos is a veteran that has a lof of experience at this circuit in WKA, USPKS, and F-Series competition.

A Proper Circuit for Shifters

The kart circuit at Pitt Race was designed by renowned designer Alan Wilson, which means it is quick and has a good mix of everything including elevation. On this year’s schedule Pitt Race and New Castle will be a shifter driver’s dream and we expect to see ROK Shifter drivers hitting top speeds. At round one we will see over twenty drivers compete in the ROK Shifter categories with Andrew Bujdoso (PCR), Ben Hankinson (Tony Kart), and Austin Jordan being the favorites.