Nepveu completes his Super Sunday; Morgatto holds onto Junior ROK Championship

Canadian Thomas Nepveu ran away with the win on Sunday, while Morgatto did enough for the season championship.

Thomas Nepveu
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After grabbing the Junior ROK pole position on Friday, Canadian Thomas Nepveu went into heat one with his head held high. In the heat race later that day, Nepveu was collected in a wreck with Arias Deukemdjian that dropped the Birel ART pilot to 26th, and at the bottom of an uphill climb he had to make if he wanted to have a chance on Sunday.

A sixth and a first place in the next two heats on Saturday propelled Nepveu to 10th in the standings heading into Sunday. From there, Nepveu took over like no other driver this weekend, winning both the prefinal and final by very large margins.

In the 18-lap final, an opening lap crash near the front of the field collected or hindered the progress of many, leading to a strewn out front five right off the bat. The newly signed Birel ART Factory Driver grabbed the lead after starting pole, with an immediate gap over Ugo Ugochukwu, Matheus Morgatto, and Arias Deukmedjian.

Morgatto needed very much to finish ahead of Ugochukwu if he wanted to win the championship, and it only took 3 laps to overtake the young Koene USA driver. Ugochukwu had done an amazing job this weekend despite lacking long-run pace, which finally caught up to him in the final. Nepveu had now checked out in front, followed by Morgatto, Deukmedjian, and Ugochukwu. Tyler Gonzalez ran fifth.

That’s how the top five would run for the remainder of the race, a stark contrast to the excitement and abundance of overtaking throughout the weekend. With the second place result, Morgatto and the new AM Engines/Parolin crew earned the top spot in the championship, followed closely by the rising star of Ugochukwu. Nepveu would jump to third in the season standings after his great Sunday run.

2018 Florida Winter Tour Orlando Junior ROK Final

Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time Laps
1 242 NEPVEU THOMAS 54.696 18
2 262 MORGATTO MATHEUS 1.852 54.737 18
3 200 DEUKMEDJIAN ARIAS 2.996 54.787 18
4 201 UGOCHUKWU UGO 6.071 55.026 18
5 257 GONZALEZ TYLER 8.112 55.079 18
6 241 BARRICHELLO FERNANDO 8.312 54.949 18
7 272 ZILISCH CONNOR 12.128 55.035 18
8 289 NAZARIO JULIAN 15.495 55.08 18
9 243 ATANASIO JOEY 18.376 55.238 18
10 222 WILEY TRAVIS 21.053 55.09 18
11 288 MARS LUCA 23.513 55.429 18
12 219 PANICCIA MARCELLO 21.013 55.227 18
13 225 BENOIT AARON 24.4 55.424 18
14 224 BARTZ FELIPE 28.047 55.52 18
15 226 CLARK MACKENZIE 23.575 54.931 18
16 220 DE TULLIO ALESSANDRO 30.101 55.008 18
17 208 DENMARK-GESSEL JACE 24.401 55.022 18
18 209 CERRILLO ALEJANDRO 30.918 55.88 18
19 299 ABDULALI RAFE 31.118 55.529 18
20 231 GARCIA ALEJANDRO 31.28 55.625 18
21 235 SAVOIE GABRIEL 31.66 55.765 18
22 253 ISAMBARD ALAN 34.293 55.787 18
23 223 BOWER NOLAN 43.718 55.871 18
24 221 BLANCO CONSTANZA 5 Laps 56.877 13
25 202 OPALSKI MAXIMILIAN 40.782 55.451 18
26 268 HO ETHAN 7 Laps 55.37 11
27 270 MATOS JOAO 14 Laps 56.582 4
28 251 PERRA GRANGER 16 Laps 58.095 2
29 207 NETO CELSO DNS
30 218 DE MORAES DIAS RAFAEL DNS
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