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On Location: ROK Festival New York Day 1

Results and photos from a full day of qualifying and heat racing.

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16:29
Rory Van Der Steur
Rory Van Der Steur. /John Johnson / Kart360

2018 ROK Festival New York Shifter ROK Heat 4

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 429 RORY VAN DER STEUR 12 37.866
2 403 ANTONIO PIZZONIA 12 37.88
3 454 JOSHUA CONQUER 12 38.304
4 437 DANNY FORMAL 12 37.915
16:25

2018 ROK Festival New York Shifter ROK Master Heat 4

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 544 GONZALO APONTE 12 38.924
2 555 TIM HANNEN 12 39.286
3 554 CHRIS ROCK 4 39.879
16:18

2018 ROK Festival New York Micro ROK Heat 4

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 77 LUIS ALEJANDRO 10 43.567
2 91 LUCAS SZABO 10 43.707
3 99 COLE NEWTON 10 44.074
4 4 BRAYDEN TRAVER 10 44.191
5 29 AIDAN LOURENCO 10 45.086
6 16 PAULIE HART 7
16:13

2018 ROK Festival New York Mini ROK Heat 4

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 156 JACE PARK 10 42.105
2 105 MIGUEL COSTA 10 42.257
3 153 TANNER GARVIN 10 42.292
4 103 JACK JEFFERS 10 42.211
5 148 JAMES EGOZI 10 42.285
6 110 ANDRES CARDENAS 10 42.559
7 125 MICHAEL COSTELLO 10 42.656
8 142 SANTIAGO HERNANDEZ 10 42.625
9 144 MATTHEW CARLESSO 10 43.798
10 188 DANNY DYSZELSKI 5 42.793
15:38

2018 ROK Festival New York Junior ROK Heat 4

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 237 DIEGO CONTECHA 12 39.278
2 248 GUNNAR BISCHOFF 12 39.294
3 288 CHLOE CHAMBERS 12 39.221
4 222 DYLAN CHRISTIE 12 39.395
5 299 RAFE ABDULALI 12 39.301
6 277 NICOLA ZECCHINATO 12 39.453
7 220 ALESSANDRO DE 12 39.372
8 208 RODRIGO SANCHEZ 12 39.57
9 279 AIDAN FOX 12 39.497
10 211 BRENT CREWS 12 39.735
11 280 GEORGE MEGENNIS 12 39.704
12 289 JULIAN NAZARIO 12 39.784
13 259 ROWAN GILL 12 40.464
14 281 BEN RUEHL 12 40.492
15 221 AIDAN KENNY 5 40.22
16 221 AIDAN KENNY 7 40.199
17 212 AMELIA CANGIALOSI 0
18 218 JUSTIN ADAKONIS
15:34
Senior ROK start at Oakland Valley Race Park
The start of Senior ROK Heat 4, led by Emma Delattre. /John Johnson / Kart360

2018 ROK Festival New York Senior ROK Heat 4

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 316 EMMA DELATTRE 12 39.349
2 333 RAIF SHAH 12 39.343
3 306 CONRAD KRAWIEC 12 39.21
4 388 SAMMY RUCK 12 39.376
5 331 ALEJANDRO GARCIA 12 39.448
6 375 JORDAN PULICE 12 39.241
7 340 ADAM RYLANCE 12 39.229
8 308 PAIGE EVANS 12 39.704
9 320 ANTHONY SOBERICK 12 40.406
10 633 FLAVIO MENEZES 12 40.417
11 693 TREI SMITH 3 42.968
15:28
Danny Formal
Danny Formal. /John Johnson / Kart360

2018 ROK Festival New York Shifter ROK Heat 3

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 437 DANNY FORMAL 12 37.902
2 429 RORY VAN DER STEUR 12 37.771
3 403 ANTONIO PIZZONIA 12 37.915
4 454 JOSHUA CONQUER 11 38.097
15:24

2018 ROK Festival New York Shifter ROK Master Heat 3

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 544 GONZALO APONTE 12 38.673
2 554 CHRIS ROCK 12 39.532
3 555 TIM HANNEN 12 39.477
15:22

2018 ROK Festival New York Micro ROK Heat 3

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 77 LUIS ALEJANDRO 10 43.448
2 91 LUCAS SZABO 10 43.583
3 99 COLE NEWTON 10 44.238
4 4 BRAYDEN TRAVER 10 44.116
5 16 PAULIE HART 10 44.136
6 29 AIDAN LOURENCO 10 45.973
14:58
Jace Park
Jace Park. /John Johnson / Kart360

2018 ROK Festival New York Mini ROK Heat 3

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 156 JACE PARK 10 42.158
2 148 JAMES EGOZI 10 42.385
3 105 MIGUEL COSTA 10 42.375
4 103 JACK JEFFERS 10 42.372
5 153 TANNER GARVIN 10 42.49
6 188 DANNY DYSZELSKI 10 42.413
7 110 ANDRES CARDENAS 10 42.617
8 142 SANTIAGO HERNANDEZ 10 42.69
9 125 MICHAEL COSTELLO 10 42.786
10 144 MATTHEW CARLESSO 1 45.629
14:51
Diego Contecha
Diego Contecha. /John Johnson / Kart360

2018 ROK Festival New York Junior ROK Heat 3

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 237 DIEGO CONTECHA 12 39.326
2 220 ALESSANDRO DE 12 39.291
3 248 GUNNAR BISCHOFF 12 39.435
4 277 NICOLA ZECCHINATO 12 39.42
5 288 CHLOE CHAMBERS 12 39.221
6 212 AMELIA CANGIALOSI 12 39.519
7 222 DYLAN CHRISTIE 12 39.328
8 299 RAFE ABDULALI 12 39.339
9 208 RODRIGO SANCHEZ 12 39.84
10 289 JULIAN NAZARIO 12 39.688
11 279 AIDAN FOX 12 39.619
12 280 GEORGE MEGENNIS 12 39.818
13 211 BRENT CREWS 12 40.325
14 259 ROWAN GILL 12 40.381
15 281 BEN RUEHL 12 40.258
16 221 AIDAN KENNY 7 40.199
17 218 JUSTIN ADAKONIS 0
14:29

2018 ROK Festival New York Senior ROK Heat 3

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 316 EMMA DELATTRE 12 39.213
2 375 JORDAN PULICE 12 39.243
3 388 SAMMY RUCK 12 39.336
4 333 RAIF SHAH 12 39.301
5 306 CONRAD KRAWIEC 12 39.242
6 331 ALEJANDRO GARCIA 12 39.396
7 308 PAIGE EVANS 12 39.485
8 320 ANTHONY SOBERICK 12 39.642
9 633 FLAVIO MENEZES 12 40.227
10 340 ADAM RYLANCE 6 39.458
11 693 TREI SMITH 6 43.618
14:08

2018 ROK Festival New York Shifter ROK Heat 2

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 437 DANNY FORMAL 12 37.962
2 429 RORY VAN DER STEUR 12 38.033
3 403 ANTONIO PIZZONIA 12 38.089
4 454 JOSHUA CONQUER 12 38.11
14:07

2018 ROK Festival New York Shifter ROK Master Heat 2

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 544 GONZALO APONTE 12 38.681
2 555 TIM HANNEN 12 38.978
3 554 CHRIS ROCK 12 39.193
14:05

2018 ROK Festival New York Micro ROK Heat 2

Rnk # Driver Laps Gap Best Time
1 77 LUIS ALEJANDRO 10 43.71
2 91 LUCAS SZABO 10 44.103
3 99 COLE NEWTON 10 44.232
4 4 BRAYDEN TRAVER 10 44.289
5 29 AIDAN LOURENCO 10 45.463
6 16 PAULIE HART 0 Retired
14:02

2018 ROK Festival New York Mini ROK Heat 2

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 156 JACE PARK 10 42.123
2 103 JACK JEFFERS 10 42.308
3 148 JAMES EGOZI 10 42.357
4 188 DANNY DYSZELSKI 10 42.295
5 105 MIGUEL COSTA 10 42.266
6 110 ANDRES CARDENAS 10 42.474
7 142 SANTIAGO HERNANDEZ 10 42.712
8 144 MATTHEW CARLESSO 10 43.765
9 153 TANNER GARVIN 6 42.31
DNS 125 MICHAEL COSTELLO
13:55

2018 ROK Festival New York Junior ROK Heat 2

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 237 DIEGO CONTECHA 12 39.405
2 220 ALESSANDRO DE 12 39.274
3 277 NICOLA ZECCHINATO 12 39.526
4 288 CHLOE CHAMBERS 12 39.291
5 248 GUNNAR BISCHOFF 12 39.478
6 222 DYLAN CHRISTIE 12 39.413
7 212 AMELIA CANGIALOSI 12 39.387
8 299 RAFE ABDULALI 12 39.337
9 289 JULIAN NAZARIO 12 39.927
10 208 RODRIGO SANCHEZ 12 39.7
11 211 BRENT CREWS 12 39.93
12 280 GEORGE MEGENNIS 12 39.678
13 259 ROWAN GILL 12 40.446
14 221 AIDAN KENNY 12 40.223
15 281 BEN RUEHL 12 40.223
16 279 AIDAN FOX 8 39.468
17 218 JUSTIN ADAKONIS 7 40.212
13:52

2018 ROK Festival New York Senior ROK Heat 2

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 316 EMMA DELATTRE 12 39.278
2 388 SAMMY RUCK 12 39.215
3 375 JORDAN PULICE 12 39.153
4 333 RAIF SHAH 12 39.374
5 331 ALEJANDRO GARCIA 12 39.393
6 308 PAIGE EVANS 12 39.553
7 320 ANTHONY SOBERICK 12 39.866
8 633 FLAVIO MENEZES 12 40.266
9 306 CONRAD KRAWIEC 4 39.478
10 340 ADAM RYLANCE
11 693 TREI SMITH
13:38
Danny Formal
Danny Formal. /John Johnson / Kart360

2018 ROK Festival New York Shifter ROK Heat 1

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 437 DANNY FORMAL 12 37.871
2 403 ANTONIO PIZZONIA 12 38.036
3 429 RORY VAN DER STEUR 12 37.816
4 454 JOSHUA CONQUER 12 38.321
13:32

2018 ROK Festival New York Shifter ROK Master Heat 1

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 544 GONZALO APONTE 12 38.879
2 555 TIM HANNEN 12 39.216
3 554 CHRIS ROCK 12 39.486
13:28

2018 ROK Festival New York Micro ROK Heat 1

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 77 LUIS ALEJANDRO 10 43.531
2 91 LUCAS SZABO 10 43.962
3 99 COLE NEWTON 10 43.973
4 4 BRAYDEN TRAVER 10 44.396
5 16 PAULIE HART 10 44.374
6 29 AIDAN LOURENCO 10 45.778
13:23

2018 ROK Festival New York Mini ROK Heat 1

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 156 JACE PARK 10 42.377
2 148 JAMES EGOZI 10 42.464
3 103 JACK JEFFERS 10 42.457
4 105 MIGUEL COSTA 10 42.487
5 188 DANNY DYSZELSKI 10 42.592
6 153 TANNER GARVIN 10 42.495
7 110 ANDRES CARDENAS 10 42.661
8 142 SANTIAGO HERNANDEZ 10 42.828
9 144 MATTHEW CARLESSO 10 43.674
10 125 MICHAEL COSTELLO 0
13:17
Diego Contecha. /John Johnson / Kart360
13:08

2018 ROK Festival New York Senior ROK Heat 1

Rnk # Driver Laps Best Time
1 316 EMMA DELATTRE 12 39.455
2 306 CONRAD KRAWIEC 12 39.205
3 331 ALEJANDRO GARCIA 12 39.555
4 388 SAMMY RUCK 12 39.45
5 333 RAIF SHAH 12 39.409
6 320 ANTHONY SOBERICK 12 40.391
7 633 FLAVIO MENEZES 12 40.579
8 693 TREI SMITH 5 42.632
9 340 ADAM RYLANCE 4 40.01
10 308 PAIGE EVANS 4 40.223
11 375 JORDAN PULICE 0 11
11:16
Danny Formal
Danny Formal. /John Johnson / Kart360

2018 ROK Festival New York Shifter ROK Qualifying

Rnk # Driver Best Time
1 437 DANNY FORMAL 37.821
2 403 ANTONIO PIZZONIA 37.876
3 429 RORY VAN DER STEUR 38.078
4 454 JOSHUA CONQUER 38.112
11:14

2018 ROK Festival New York Shifter ROK Master Qualifying

Rnk # Driver Best Time
1 544 GONZALO APONTE 38.657
2 555 TIM HANNEN 39.403
3 554 CHRIS ROCK 39.665
11:09

2018 ROK Festival New York Micro ROK Qualifying

Rnk # Driver Best Time
1 77 LUIS ALEJANDRO 43.513
2 91 LUCAS SZABO 44.059
3 99 COLE NEWTON 44.073
4 4 BRAYDEN TRAVER 44.292
5 16 PAULIE HART 44.512
6 29 AIDAN LOURENCO 45.143
11:05

2018 ROK Festival New York Mini ROK Qualifying

Rnk # Driver Best Time
1 156 JACE PARK 42.043
2 148 JAMES EGOZI 42.106
3 105 MIGUEL COSTA 42.258
4 188 DANNY DYSZELSKI 42.271
5 103 JACK JEFFERS 42.298
6 110 ANDRES CARDENAS 42.367
7 153 TANNER GARVIN 42.387
8 142 SANTIAGO HERNANDEZ 42.538
9 125 MICHAEL COSTELLO 42.611
10:30
Diego Contecha
Diego Contecha. /John Johnson / Kart360

2018 ROK Festival New York Junior ROK Qualifying

Rnk # Driver Best Time
1 237 DIEGO CONTECHA 39.238
2 299 RAFE ABDULALI 39.246
3 220 ALESSANDRO DE 39.33
4 212 AMELIA CANGIALOSI 39.389
5 288 CHLOE CHAMBERS 39.509
6 222 DYLAN CHRISTIE 39.51
7 277 NICOLA ZECCHINATO 39.523
8 279 AIDAN FOX 39.525
9 280 GEORGE MEGENNIS 39.609
10 211 BRENT CREWS 39.761
11 208 RODRIGO SANCHEZ 39.813
12 289 JULIAN NAZARIO 39.89
13 218 JUSTIN ADAKONIS 40.046
14 281 BEN RUEHL 40.171
15 259 ROWAN GILL 40.273
16 221 AIDAN KENNY 40.521
17 248 GUNNAR BISCHOFF 42.5
10:20
Jordan Pulice
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2018 ROK Festival New York Senior ROK Qualifying

Rnk # Driver Best Time
1 375 JORDAN PULICE 39.193
2 333 RAIF SHAH 39.212
3 331 ALEJANDRO GARCIA 39.228
4 316 EMMA DELATTRE 39.316
5 340 ADAM RYLANCE 39.336
6 388 SAMMY RUCK 39.392
7 306 CONRAD KRAWIEC 39.416
8 308 PAIGE EVANS 39.717
9 320 ANTHONY SOBERICK 39.914
11:04
ROK Cup karts line up to weigh
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The second ROK Festival of the season takes us to Cuddebackville, New York this weekend at the site of the historic Oakland Valley Race Park. The 12-turn, .75-mile circuit has a newly repaved surface, which was laid just days before ROK Cup Midwest invaded the circuit in mid-2017.

ROK Cup USA will look to improve on the numbers here last year, which turned out 52 competitors in their first trip to the north east region.

Mother nature could play a factor this weekend with the outlook of precipitation possible both Saturday and Sunday. It seems likely we’ll see rain at some point, but will it come at a key moment? We’ll have to wait and see.

What’s on the line

There’s quite a bit of motivation for the drivers here this weekend when it comes to awards. As we saw in New Orleans for the first Festival, each podium finisher will receive a free entry into the much anticipated ROK The Rio event later in October in Las Vegas. In addition, if you participated in NOLA and follow that up with victory in New York, you’ll be the recipient of a ticket to Italy for the ROK International Final to join Team USA.

Key matchups to watch

James Egozi enters Mini ROK this weekend with the most momentum, having picked up a Rotax National Championship just two weeks ago in New Jersey. If you pair that accomplishment with the Florida Winter Tour Championship earlier this year, Egozi has one of the top resumes of the year and is likely the favorite to come out on top Sunday. Within striking distance will be NOLA Festival winner, Jace Park, Orsolon Racing’s Jack Jeffers, and Miguel Costa who hops into the Parolin this weekend for the first time.

Junior ROK looks to be the largest class of the weekend, approaching 20 entries, but is wide open in determining the eventual winner. Aidan Fox is no stranger to this circuit, and his first season in Junior has had some ups and downs. Could this be his breakout win in the category to date? Last years highest returning finisher will be Rafe Abdulali. Abdulali too is well acquainted with this circuit and after his standout performance in NOLA, I think he’s ready for the spotlight this weekend. Lastly on our radar is Alessandro De Tullio of AM Engines/Parolin. De Tullio is another young up and coming driver and will benefit from the experience in the AM racing tent.

It’s a straightforward duel in Shifter ROK this weekend between Danny Formal and Rory Van Der Steur. The latter is an up and coming shifter driver in North America who has shown glimpses of greatness, while the former is one of the highest decorated karting drivers in the United States and the NOLA Festival winner looking for his spot on Team USA in Italy.

What’s ahead

ROK Cup USA takes the reins starting Friday with free practice all day for all categories, beginning at 9am eastern time. Transponders will be mandatory starting at 1:30pm.

Saturday will host much of the racing action this weekend, with qualifying starting at 10:40am ET followed by three heat races for each category. That will take us into the evening hours when Bridgestone hosts the lively Welcome Party.

And lastly, Sunday holds all of the drama with the final heat race set to go at 10:20am ET followed by the Finals just after the lunch break at 1pm.

I’ve already fired up our event stream so you can bookmark the action for the weekend. Official coverage from Kart360 will begin Saturday with Qualifying. Stay tuned!