Gold Ascends to the Top in Mini ROK
It took nearly five laps for the start of the Mini ROK Final to settle in. By then, Reece Gold, who had started in first, was all the way back in fifth and the lead duo was Alessandro De Tullio and Luca Mars. Gold fought his way through an initial pack of karts that consisted of himself, James Egozi, Ashton Chilton, and Connor Zilisch. Zilisch, who ran as well as anyone on Saturday, didn't have the ideal Sunday he had hoped for and spun in the first half of the final, ending his opportunity for the win.
Gold, now pulling away from the battle behind him, had his sights set on De Tullio and Mars. Running a quicker pace, Gold was inching closer as the laps ticked down. With three and a half laps left, De Tullio spun at the far end of the track and end of the long straight in an apparent self inflicted wound, moving Gold into second and onto the rear bumper of Mars. Mars, by the way, was in the lead after qualifying 16th with brake rotor issues on Saturday morning -- so his move to the front was quite impressive. Down the back straight on the final lap, Mars chose not to defend, giving an open door to Gold who took advantage. Mars, misjudging an overunder opportunity had to back off as the two headed back down the short straight towards the mechanics stand. This misstep allowed Gold enough room that no challenge was given by Mars and the long time Benik-cadet driver took the win and sealed his ROK Cup USA Florida Championship.
Ashton Chilton finished off the podium in third, followed by a hard charging Jeremy Fletcher in fourth. Fletcher had been involved in an accident in the pre-final that brought out the red flag. He was checked out and proceeded to pass 18 karts in the final. Joey Atanosio had the final kart inside the topf five as he too charged hard, up 14 positions.
2017 ROK Cup Orlando Mini ROK Final
|Pos||Driver||Laps||Total Time||Difference||Gap||Best Time||Best Lap|
|22||DE TULLIO ALESSANDRO||13||2 Laps||59.483|