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Gonzalez out duels Barrichello on final lap in Junior ROK

It was a relatively calm start for the Junior ROK category, as Tyler Gonzalez settled into the lead and was followed by Diego Ramos who started in third. Eduardo Barrichello dropped a spot from his outside front row starting spot, but soon would be back into second behind Gonzalez. For the next 17 laps, Gonzalez and Barrichello slowly pushed away from the rest of the Junior ROK field, running nearly identical lap times. Tyler Maxson had brilliantly moved up from fifth to third and was running the fast laps of the race near the halfway mark, but was just too far back to make any serious threats on the leaders.

As the race wore on, Barrichello still sat on the rear bumper of Gonzalez, waiting for the right opportunity. On the final lap, the OGP driver would get to the point, which would be snatched back at the end of the long straight, with three corners to go. Gonzalez held on through the final chicane and hairpin combo, edging Barrichello in a drag race to the line.

Maxson ran comfortably in third as he continues to trend upward in his rookie campaign. Diego Ramos, who wasn't much of a threat on Sunday as he was on Saturday, finished fourth, followed by Matheus Morgatto. Arias Deukmedjian climbed 17 spots to finish sixth after an incident in the pre-final earlier in the day.

2017 ROK Cup Orlando Junior ROK Final

Pos Driver Laps Total Time Difference Gap Best Time Best Lap
1 GONZALEZ TYLER 18 54.254
2 BARRICHELLO EDUARDO 18 0.027 54.233
3 MAXSON TYLER 18 1.592 54.264
4 RAMOS DIEGO 18 4.292 54.534
5 MORGATTO MATHEUS 18 4.53 54.204
6 DEUKMEDJIAN ARIAS 18 4.592 54.274
7 GENNARO DYLAN 18 7.155 54.266
8 HOLLINGSHEAD ZACHARY 18 9.32 54.651
9 HUBERT JADE 18 9.498 54.615
10 MATOS JOAO 18 10.607 54.582
11 RUIZ DANIEL 18 23.634 55.140
12 DEVENDORF TRAVIS 18 25.281 54.945
13 PULICE JORDAN 18 26.02 55.294
14 DIAS VINICIUS 18 26.866 54.678
15 ORI AYRTON 18 30.196 55.358
16 TRUMBULL NICK 18 30.299 55.134
17 NAZARIO JULIAN 18 37.513 55.286
18 MONTOYA SEBASTIAN 18 45.162 54.968
19 MENGE JORDAN 16 2 Laps 54.704
20 TAURINO GIANO 2 16 Laps 57.997
21 ORTIZ DIAZ DIEGO DNS
22 HUGHES GARRETT Retired
23 HENSLEY COLT Retired

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