Formal fights through heavy rains to win Shifter ROK

From dry to wet, a changing course did not slow down the Costa Rican.

Danny Formal, ROK Shifter
Danny Formal. Photo: John Johnson / Kart360

A broken clutch cable in Heat 4 was the only issue to come between Danny Formal and a perfect weekend here at ROK Festival New York. The HR Racing driver put it all together in the 26-lap final, grabbing an enormous win in Shifter ROK, ahead of Antonio Pizzonia and Rory Van Der Steur.

Changing weather conditions played the biggest factor of the day in the Shifter ROK division, as we started the final with a dry track, but ended it with a damp track with drivers on slick tires. Formal excelled in the conditions, using his curb-jumping prowess to gain maximum grip around the 12-turn circuit at OVRP. Van Der Steur gained the holeshot, but by lap three Formal had moved inside the Kosmic of Van Der Steur. Formal’s lead ballooned to over 11 seconds by the end of the race, which also earned him the Team USA ticket to Lonato, Italy for the 2018 ROK International Finals.

Pizzonia drove safely in second position ahead of a visibly struggling Van Der Steur. The Northeastern driver struggled at times with the changing conditions, but did find the final step of the podium and a ticket to Las Vegas and the ROK The Rio event.

2018 ROK Festival New York Shifter ROK Final

Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time Laps
1 437 DANNY FORMAL 38.789 28
2 403 ANTONIO PIZZONIA 13.081 38.947 28
3 429 RORY VAN DER STEUR 23.454 39.029 28
4 454 JOSHUA CONQUER 34.632 38.935 28

2018 ROK Festival New York Shifter ROK Master Final

Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time Laps
1 544 GONZALO APONTE 39.471 27
2 555 TIM HANNEN 0.225 40.434 27
3 554 CHRIS ROK 15 laps 40.488 12
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