On Location: ROK The RIO Finals

Timing, results, and updates from ROK The Rio.

02:23pm CST

ROK The Rio: What we learned

A look down the front straight away at 2018 ROK The Rio
Photo: Johnny Johnson / Kart360

With everyone now back home and recharging after a week in Vegas, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on the many happenings that took place. Many drivers are still wondering what could have been had they done this or that; the nine drivers who drove their tails off to become the inaugural set of ROK The Rio Champions are still waiting for the elation to wear off.

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01:22pm CST

Ramirez gives GFC Kart massive win in Shifter ROK

Mathias Ramirez wins 2018 ROK The Rio Shifter ROK Senior
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All the way from a late-race spin in his opening heat, Mathias Ramirez (GFC) pushed through the adversity to pick up a narrow win in Shifter ROK Senior, the first major win for the startup GFC Kart team. Ramirez opened up his week with a second place qualifying effort only to nearly crash out in the opening heat later in the afternoon on Thursday. The young Floridian had his work cut out for him from then on, advancing 10 spots in the next heat race to finish sixth. From there, the progress kept coming. Third in heat 3 and second in heat 4 put Ramirez in fifth for the launch in the final.

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01:15pm CST

2018 ROK The Rio Shifter ROK Senior Final

Rnk Driver Laps Gap Best Time
1 MATHIAS RAMIREZ-BARRERO 25 46.225
2 DANNY FORMAL 25 0.08 46.236
3 JIMMY CABRERA 25 6.824 46.386
4 DAVIDE GRECO 25 8.271 46.44
5 ENZO PREVOST 25 14.163 46.53
6 NICKY HAYS 25 14.307 46.53
7 KOL BAILEY 25 13.147 46.454
8 GIANO TAURINO 25 24.154 46.869
9 JOSHUA CONQUER 25 25.234 46.696
10 ADAM WHITE 25 30.189 47.204
11 COLE SHADE 25 30.782 47.077
12 VINCENZO SARRACINO 25 26.837 46.666
13 XINGRAN TANG 25 33.448 47.207
14 CASH BAXLEY 25 41.182 47.381
15 OWEN CLARKE 25 41.21 47.326
16 RON WHITE 13 12 Laps 46.559
17 MAX HEWITT 7 18 Laps 46.796
18 ROBERT HECK 25 27.058 46.846
19 KYLE APUZZO 7 18 Laps 46.713
20 ZACH PETTINICCHI 4 21 Laps 46.712
21 HUNTER PICKETT 3 22 Laps 46.959
22 MAX PRESTON 25 28.316 46.939
23 DALTON EGGER 1 24 Laps 59.335
24 ISAAC MARRITT 16 9 Laps 46.607
DSQ ZACHARY HOLLINGSHEAD 46.576
02:04pm CST

MacDermid attacks at all the right times in Senior ROK Final

Ryan MacDermid pumps his fist at the finish of Senior ROK 2018 ROK The Rio
Photo: Johnny Johnson / Kart360

While every lap in Senior ROK wasn’t led by Canadian Ryan MacDermid (Prime Power Team / BirelART), the second-year senior driver did take the win in every Senior ROK session that had wheel-to-wheel racing action. The 25-lap final required every ounce of skill MacDermid had to pull off, defending at many points in the race that at one point had gotten aggressive enough to lead to a warning from the race marshals.

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01:31pm CST

2018 ROK The Rio Senior ROK Final

Rnk Driver Laps Gap Best Time
1 RYAN MACDERMID 25 48.706
2 ZACH CLAMAN DEMELO 25 0.199 48.542
3 AXEL CABRERA 25 0.384 48.482
4 JACE DENMARK-GESSEL 25 0.676 48.665
5 RYAN NORBERG 25 3.618 48.766
6 MICHAEL AVANSINO 25 3.958 48.718
7 PHIL GIEBLER 25 11.193 48.758
8 EMMA DELATTRE 25 11.304 48.871
9 JAKE DREW 25 10.069 48.936
10 JACOB GULICK 25 11.706 48.825
11 NICHOLAS HORNBOSTEL 25 11.91 48.79
12 ZOEY EDENHOLM 25 20.375 49.059
13 FELIPE NICOLETTI 25 20.615 49.04
14 BIJOY GARG 25 20.813 48.798
15 KAI DALZIEL 25 21.144 48.998
16 RAIF SHAH 25 21.329 48.903
17 FILIP NIEMKIEWICZ 25 21.814 49.349
18 SAMMY RUCK 25 22.567 49.352
19 LOGAN CUSSON 25 24.297 48.834
20 JENSON ALTZMAN 25 26.727 49.3
21 BRODY SHUCARD 25 26.825 49.403
22 COLBY DUBATO 25 27.288 48.965
23 CONRAD KRAWIEC 25 33.977 49.608
24 RYAN MARTIN 25 34.13 49.614
25 NATHAN MARTIN 25 45.224 49.908
26 PAIGE EVANS 23 2 Laps 49.334
27 DAKOTA WHITE 17 8 Laps 50.019
28 SULLIVAN SHERRILL 16 9 Laps 50.011
29 COOPER HEFFLEY 11 14 Laps 49.733
30 DIEGO ORTIZ 10 15 Laps 49.278
31 MATEO VILLAGOMEZ 8 17 Laps 49.884
32 JOSE ZANELLA 7 18 Laps 48.892
33 ROBERT SOROKA 1 24 Laps 53.38
34 YAN LIANG DNS
35 JORDAN PULICE DNS
11:30pm CDT

2018 ROK Cup Promotions ROK the RIO – Saturday Report

Sebastian Montoya 2018 ROK The Rio
Photo: Johnny Johnson / Kart360

Taking place Wednesday, October 31st to Saturday, November 3rd with drivers from around the world in attendance, the first annual event has exceeded entry expectations with more than 215 competitors taking part on the temporary race circuit. With ROK the RIO championship titles on the line, teams, and competitors will also be vying for a cash purse in excess of $35,000.00.

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09:12pm CDT

Montoya defends pole position in Junior ROK Final

Sebastian Montoya 2018 ROK The Rio
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Although he didn’t lead the entire race, in the end Sebastian Montoya (Team Montoya / Tony Kart) found himself right where he started — in first.  It was a frantic race nearly all 25 laps with constantly changing positions inside the top five. Montoya, Luca Mars (SCR / Tony Kart), and Thomas Nepveu (PSL / BirelART) all had their karts out font at some point with Connor Zilisch (Team Felon / Tony Kart) and Jak Crawford (Kosmic) right in the mix.

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08:54pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Junior ROK Final

Rnk Driver Laps Gap Best Time
1 SEBASTIAN MONTOYA 25 49.327
2 CONNOR ZILISCH 25 0.493 49.218
3 PAOLO FERRARI 25 0.915 49.153
4 LUCA MARS 25 1.444 49.072
5 THOMAS NEPVEU 25 2.143 49.296
6 JAK CRAWFORD 25 4.045 49.474
7 TYLER GONZALEZ 25 5.32 49.598
8 JEREMY FAIRBAIRN 25 8.416 49.562
9 MACKENZIE CLARK 25 10.467 49.399
10 AUSTIN TORGESON 25 10.737 49.631
11 DALE CURRAN 25 12.238 49.333
12 JONATHON PORTZ 25 13.404 49.525
13 JOEY ATANASIO 25 14.011 49.431
14 JULIAN NAZARIO 25 15.198 49.444
15 ASHTON TORGERSON 25 16.688 49.811
16 RAFA ABDULALI 25 17.293 49.619
17 DIEGO CONTECHA 25 17.732 49.237
18 CELSO NETO 25 19.413 49.774
19 EMMO FITTIPALDI 25 19.787 49.486
20 WILLIAM COX 25 24.001 49.86
21 EDDIE SHIMMON 25 27.69 49.804
22 MARCELLO PANICCIA 25 27.737 49.973
23 ETHAN HO 25 27.872 49.65
24 BRENDEN RUZBARSKY 25 32.265 50.117
25 ALEXANDER BERG 25 44.858 50.583
26 ALESSANDRO DE TULLIO 20 5 Laps 49.061
27 DANIEL FELLOWS 20 5 Laps 50.746
28 MARCOS TELLE 3 22 Laps 51.286
29 GUILHERME FIGUEREDO 1 24 Laps
30 MAXIMILIAN OPALSKI 1 24 Laps
31 AIDAN KENNY 1 24 Laps
32 NOLAN SIEGEL DNS
33 WILLIAM FERGUSON DNS
34 MATTHEW MARROCCO DNS
35 COOPER BECKLIN DNS
36 BRANYON TINER DSQ
08:47pm CDT

Musser avoids contact in front, wins Shifter ROK Master

Jordon Musser celebrates at 2018 ROK The Rio
Photo: Johnny Johnson / Kart360

As was the case all week, Ryan Kinnear (PGR / Ricciardo Kart) grabbed the hole shot in Shifter ROK Master and proceeded to put down laps fast enough to get him to over a one second advantage in the early going of the 25-lap feature. Kinnear had led the category all week, including pole position and three heat race wins, but his advantages were getting smaller with each session. Behind the Ricciardo Kart were Rod Clinard (CRG) and Jordon Musser (PSL / Birel ART) who were working together in an effort to close the gap the leader.

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08:26pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Shifter ROK Master Final

Rnk Driver Laps Gap Best Time
1 JORDON MUSSER 25 46.918
2 RYAN KINNEAR 25 1.501 46.79
3 ROD CLINARD 25 3.051 46.917
4 NATHAN STEWART 25 3.388 46.921
5 PATRICK O'NEILL 25 9.903 47.241
6 NICK MAJOR 25 11.717 47.279
7 JEFF MILLS 25 18.994 47.376
8 MICHAEL GUASCH 25 19.336 47.382
9 GONZALO APONTE 25 22.337 47.56
10 FARSHAD BAGHERI 25 25.261 47.649
11 KALVIN CHEN 25 35.405 47.43
12 VICKI BRIAN 25 38.641 47.96
13 VICTOR JIMENEZ 16 9 Laps 47.009
14 RICHARD HILLEMAN 13 12 Laps 49.341
15 MICHAEL JONES 1 24 Laps
08:19pm CDT

Egozi slid under Sorensen on final lap, wins Mini ROK Final

James Egozi / Kart360
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In a race where James Egozi (Koene USA / Tony Kart) had gained the lead and lost the lead multiple times, it was hard to tell if the Floridian had the machine to win. For the majority of the 18-lap feature, Kai Sorensen (Supertune USA / Tony Kart), Nikita Johnson (AKT / Energy Corse), and Egozi had separated themselves from the field and had each taken a chance at the front of the field. 

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08:18pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Mini ROK Final

Rnk Driver Laps Gap Best Time
1 JAMES EGOZI 18 53.932
2 KAI SORENSEN 18 0.078 53.903
3 NIKITA JOHNSON 18 1.453 53.819
4 JEREMY FLETCHER 18 4.36 54.081
5 JACE PARK 18 4.455 54.038
6 BRANDON CARR 18 6.714 54.056
7 ENZO DELIGNY 18 7.034 54.045
8 NOAH BAKER 18 13.371 54.3
9 LOGAN TOKE 18 14.645 54.197
10 ANNIE RHULE 18 15.424 54.18
11 ANDRES CARDENAS 18 15.741 54.465
12 LEONARDO MEGNA 18 16.318 54.438
13 ANTONIO ZARCONE 18 16.416 54.211
14 PARKER DELONG 18 16.852 54.536
15 STEPHEN EISERT 18 16.897 54.508
16 YUANPU CUI 18 19.617 54.377
17 FRANKIE ESPOSITO 18 20.728 54.735
18 JORGE ORTIZ 18 22.091 54.613
19 CARLOS HERNANDEZ 18 26.275 54.645
20 DANNY DYSZELSKI 18 27.566 54.873
21 TANNER GARVIN 18 27.659 54.633
22 COOPER SIMPSON 18 28.103 55.053
23 SEBASTIAN WHELDON 18 32.744 54.346
24 KALEB KECK 18 34.176 55.313
25 PATRICK MOLNAR 18 37.488 55.707
26 CHRISTIAN CAMERON 18 38.788 55.337
27 JACK JEFFERS 18 43.147 54.2
28 ZACH OLSEN 14 4 Laps 56.644
29 ENZO SWAN 9 9 Laps 55.84
30 KYLE RAYMOND 8 10 Laps 54.21
31 AYDEN INGRATTA 6 12 Laps 55.459
32 LUCAS SZABO 1 17 Laps
33 PAUL BOCUSE 18 37.165 54.756
34 FLAVIO OLIVIERI 13 5 Laps 54.297
04:12pm CDT

100cc Senior/Master: Altzman emerges from final lap scuffle, Silva cruises

Jenson Altzman 2018 ROK The Rio
Photo: Johnny Johnson / Kart360

For much of the 25-lap final, Kyle Hayner (HRT / Kosmic) led by a substantial margin and it seemed inevitable that the HRT Driver Development pilot would cruise to victory. In the closing laps, however, the Kosmic Kart of Hayner had lost its pace, allowing Colby Dubato (PGR / Ricciardo), Altzman (Ruthless / OTK), and Abby Mclaughlin ( Top Kart USA) back into the mix.

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04:11pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio 100cc Masters Final

Rnk Driver Laps Gap Best Time
1 JONATHAN SILVA 25 51.638
2 TRAVIS IRVING 25 6.558 51.666
3 TIM MEYER JR 25 7.801 51.801
4 KEVIN MANNING 25 9.046 51.838
5 ROB KOZAKOWSKI 25 15 51.675
6 JIMMY GREGORY 24 1 Lap 53.941
7 TIM HANNEN 17 8 Laps 52.176
8 CHRISTOPHER ROCK 15 10 Laps 52.326
03:42pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio 100cc Senior Final

Rnk Driver Laps Gap Best Time
1 JENSON ALTZMAN 25 50.833
2 COOPER BECKLIN 25 0.193 50.854
3 ABIGAIL MCLAUGHLIN 25 0.413 50.872
4 ERIC SLIVKOFF 25 1.243 51.01
5 NATHAN MARTIN 25 5.74 51.097
6 RICKY WORLEY 25 16.262 51.654
7 HENRY FALLS-HAND 25 17.986 51.418
8 KYLE HAYNER 25 3.817 51.077
9 DANIEL EATON 25 27.187 52.09
10 COLBY DUBATO 25 1.115 50.849
11 MICHEL MANNING 4 21 Laps 52.154
12 TROY JONES 4 21 Laps 53.265
13 VICTORIA HELM 3 22 Laps 52.12
03:29pm CDT

DeLong captures gold at ROK The Rio in Micro ROK

Arizona resident Parker DeLong (Benik) was challenged throughout the 18-lap final, but got himself out front when it counted to win the hotly contested Micro ROK Final. DeLong looked to be gaining momentum as the week progressed, improving each session over the last. The end of his week garnered a win in his final heat race and he backed that up with the win again in the main event.

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03:04pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Micro ROK Final

Rnk Driver Laps Gap Best Time
1 PARKER DELONG 18 55.479
2 CALEB GAFRARAR 18 0.189 55.405
3 BERNARDO GENTIL 18 0.584 55.302
4 SEBASTIAN GARZON 18 1.014 55.425
5 MATIAS ORJUELA 18 1.05 55.41
6 ETHAN AYARS 18 3.094 55.409
7 SALIM HANNA-HERNANDEZ 18 3.208 55.451
8 SALVATORE RODRIGUEZ 18 14.071 55.732
9 COLE NEWTON 18 14.934 55.96
10 AJ FARAG 18 15.211 56.092
11 GRAHAM TRAMMELL 18 15.491 56.204
12 ANTHONY WHITE 18 15.686 55.553
13 FLAVIO AQUINI 18 19.443 56.297
14 FERNANDO HAZAS 18 20.503 56.349
15 LUIS UMANA 18 24.501 55.566
16 CASEY MOYER 18 26.873 56.625
17 ALEX MERCADO 18 43.482 57.578
18 NICO SARPHATI 16 2 Laps 57.318
19 GAGE JARVIS 16 2 Laps 56.965
20 OLIVER WHELDON 3 15 Laps 57.839
DNS CYPRESS ANDRUSS DNS
02:52pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Master ROK Final

Rnk Driver Laps Gap Best Time
1 RENATO JADER 25 49.45
2 BILLY CLEAVELIN 25 1.137 49.369
3 PAUL BONILLA 25 8.32 49.666
4 JORGE MATOS 25 16.231 49.781
5 STEPHEN CLARK 25 18.569 50.089
6 MICHAEL AURIEMMA 25 21.57 50.121
7 MIKE GILES 25 24.456 50.126
8 GARY LENNON 25 24.764 50.201
9 ED QUINN 25 25.384 50.117
10 JOHN BREIDINGER 25 37.71 50.439
11 FRANCISCO COSTA 22 3 Laps 50.652
12 CHRIS WORLEY 21 4 Laps 51.246
13 RENE BINE III 19 6 Laps 50.781
14 JIM CAREY 19 6 Laps 51.027
15 JOE CRUPI 15 10 Laps 49.894
16 PABLO CEVALLOS 15 10 Laps 51.78
DNF DAVID PERGANDE 0 Retired
DNF FRANCISCO MARQUES 0 Retired
DNF NICK DE GRAAF 0 Retired
02:45pm CDT

Jader uses early advantage to win Master ROK

Renato Jader 2018 ROK The Rio
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After opening up a 2.5-second gap in the early stages of the 25-lap race, Renato Jader (Orsolon Racing / Tony Kart) cruised to the victory over Billy Cleavelin. The victory put the finishing touch on a tremendous weekend for the Brazilian who grabbed the pole in qualifying, won two heat races, and a finished it all off with the flag-to-flag victory in the final.

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11:30pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Shifter ROK Senior Qualifying Heats

Danny Formal 2018 ROK The Rio
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Rank # Driver Points
1 437 DANNY FORMAL 2
2 481 JIMMY CABRERA 7
3 471 RON WHITE 19
4 436 HUNTER PICKETT 21
5 441 MATHIAS RAMIREZ-BARRERO 27
6 456 ZACHARY HOLLINGSHEAD 28
7 415 DAVIDE GRECO 28
8 410 VINCENZO SARRACINO 31
9 427 ENZO PREVOST 33
10 451 NICKY HAYS 42
11 486 KOL BAILEY 42
12 470 ZACH PETTINICCHI 50
13 488 GIANO TAURINO 56
14 454 JOSHUA CONQUER 57
15 422 MAX HEWITT 61
16 433 KYLE APUZZO 63
17 496 DALTON EGGER 70
18 487 ADAM WHITE 70
19 445 ISAAC MARRITT 74
20 412 ROBERT HECK 84
21 411 XINGRAN TANG 84
22 485 COLE SHADE 84
23 414 MAX PRESTON 86
24 428 CASH BAXLEY 86
25 405 OWEN CLARKE 93
10:16pm CDT

ROK The Rio: Friday Report

OMP lookout tower and branding at the 2018 ROK The Rio event
Photo: Johnny Johnson / Kart360

The 2018 ROK Cup Promotions event calendar culminates at the RIO All-Suites Hotel and Casino with the 2018 ROK the RIO race. Taking place Wednesday, October 31st to Saturday, November 3rd with drivers from around the world in attendance, the first annual event has exceeded entry expectations with more than 215 competitors taking part on the temporary race circuit. With ROK the RIO championship titles on the line, teams and competitors will also be vying for a cash purse in excess of $35,000.00.

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10:02pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Senior ROK Qualifying Heats

Ryan MacDermid 2018 ROK The Rio
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Rank # Driver Points
1 369 RYAN MACDERMID 0
2 393 ZACH CLAMAN DEMELO 10
3 366 AXEL CABRERA 14
4 329 JAKE DREW 14
5 318 JACE DENMARK-GESSEL 24
6 314 JACOB GULICK 25
7 387 JOSE ZANELLA 26
8 397 NICHOLAS HORNBOSTEL 33
9 319 DIEGO ORTIZ 42
10 326 PHIL GIEBLER 43
11 317 KAI DALZIEL 45
12 315 COLBY DUBATO 46
13 324 MICHAEL AVANSINO 66
14 348 RYAN NORBERG 73
15 333 BRODY SHUCARD 77
16 388 SAMMY RUCK 83
17 360 BIJOY GARG 84
18 399 LOGAN CUSSON 85
19 313 COOPER HEFFLEY 89
20 323 JENSON ALTZMAN 90
21 321 ZOEY EDENHOLM 92
22 331 RAIF SHAH 92
23 357 NATHAN MARTIN 92
24 394 ROBERT SOROKA 95
25 375 JORDAN PULICE 95
26 301 FILIP NIEMKIEWICZ 95
27 316 EMMA DELATTRE 99
28 308 PAIGE EVANS 102
29 306 CONRAD KRAWIEC 103
30 303 FELIPE NICOLETTI 104
31 300 YAN LIANG 104
32 310 RYAN MARTIN 104
33 372 MATEO VILLAGOMEZ 117
34 311 SULLIVAN SHERRILL 119
35 371 DAKOTA WHITE 126
09:57pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Junior ROK Qualifying Heats

Sebastian Montoya 2018 ROK The Rio
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Rank # Driver Points
1 258 SEBASTIAN MONTOYA 2
2 208 LUCA MARS 11
3 252 JAK CRAWFORD 12
4 272 CONNOR ZILISCH 17
5 224 THOMAS NEPVEU 19
6 265 MACKENZIE CLARK 25
7 257 TYLER GONZALEZ 36
8 220 ALESSANDRO DE TULLIO 38
9 268 ETHAN HO 45
10 287 JEREMY FAIRBAIRN 46
11 288 AUSTIN TORGESON 63
12 236 WILLIAM FERGUSON 65
13 299 RAFA ABDULALI 66
14 256 JONATHON PORTZ 73
15 202 ASHTON TORGERSON 76
16 243 JOEY ATANASIO 78
17 219 EDDIE SHIMMON 78
18 237 DIEGO CONTECHA 79
19 227 NICOLA ZECCHINATO 79
20 269 BRANYON TINER 79
21 217 EMMO FITTIPALDI 80
22 218 GUILHERME FIGUEREDO 86
23 221 MAXIMILIAN OPALSKI 89
24 266 LUKE LANGE 90
25 234 WILLIAM COX 90
26 251 BRENDEN RUZBARSKY 101
27 200 PAOLO FERRARI 102
28 277 CELSO NETO 107
29 212 MARCELLO PANICCIA 112
30 254 DALE CURRAN 115
31 291 COOPER BECKLIN 117
32 293 DANIEL FELLOWS 122
33 222 ALEXANDER BERG 124
34 225 AIDAN KENNY 125
35 280 MATTHEW MARROCCO 131
36 289 JULIAN NAZARIO 135
37 211 MARCOS TELLE 137
38 213 NOLAN SIEGEL 143
09:52pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Shifter ROK Master Qualifying Heats

Rank # Driver Points
1 508 RYAN KINNEAR 3
2 521 NATHAN STEWART 10
3 516 JORDON MUSSER 21
4 520 ROD CLINARD 24
5 564 PATRICK O'NEILL 24
6 523 VICTOR JIMENEZ 25
7 591 MICHAEL GUASCH 31
8 555 NICK MAJOR 33
9 556 KALVIN CHEN 35
10 505 FARSHAD BAGHERI 41
11 561 MICHAEL JONES 42
12 525 JEFF MILLS 43
13 526 VICKI BRIAN 47
14 551 RICHARD HILLEMAN 50
15 506 NICK FIRESTONE 55
16 544 GONZALO APONTE 62
09:41pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Mini ROK Qualifying Heats

James Egozi 2018 ROK The Rio
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Rank # Driver Points
1 148 JAMES EGOZI 6
2 107 NIKITA JOHNSON 12
3 149 NOAH BAKER 13
4 115 KAI SORENSEN 17
5 110 ANDRES CARDENAS 25
6 156 JACE PARK 31
7 122 JEREMY FLETCHER 37
8 171 PAUL BOCUSE 48
9 103 JACK JEFFERS 50
10 139 STEPHEN EISERT 54
11 157 LOGAN TOKE 56
12 118 LEONARDO MEGNA 57
13 174 ENZO DELIGNY 57
14 129 PARKER DELONG 69
15 125 BRANDON CARR 70
16 170 ANNIE RHULE 70
17 177 FRANKIE ESPOSITO 70
18 191 LUCAS SZABO 77
19 100 JORGE ORTIZ 77
20 188 DANNY DYSZELSKI 78
21 114 ENZO SWAN 80
22 142 CARLOS HERNANDEZ 84
23 198 SEBASTIAN WHELDON 89
24 112 KYLE RAYMOND 96
25 153 TANNER GARVIN 98
26 113 ANTONIO ZARCONE 98
27 137 CAMERON WEINBERG 100
28 120 FLAVIO OLIVIERI 102
29 199 YUANPU CUI 106
30 111 PATRICK MOLNAR 106
31 196 KALEB KECK 108
32 144 COOPER SIMPSON 110
33 105 AYDEN INGRATTA 113
34 119 CHRISTIAN CAMERON 123
35 147 ZACH OLSEN 133
09:38pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Master 100cc ROK Qualifying Heats

Rank # Driver Points
1 844 JONATHAN SILVA 5
2 823 KEVIN MANNING 6
3 885 TRAVIS IRVING 9
4 833 TIM MEYER JR 18
5 854 CHRISTOPHER ROCK 22
6 870 ROB KOZAKOWSKI 22
7 855 TIM HANNEN 26
8 843 JIMMY GREGORY 32
09:32pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Senior 100cc ROK Qualifying Heats

Rank # Driver Points
1 715 COLBY DUBATO 9
2 732 KYLE HAYNER 12
3 791 COOPER BECKLIN 13
4 723 JENSON ALTZMAN 13
5 752 ERIC SLIVKOFF 13
6 778 HENRY FALLS-HAND 18
7 777 NATHAN MARTIN 26
8 756 ABIGAIL MCLAUGHLIN 35
9 733 RICKY WORLEY 39
10 763 MICHEL MANNING 40
11 717 DANIEL EATON 40
12 719 VICTORIA HELM 40
13 713 TROY JONES 49
09:27pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Micro ROK Qualifying Heats

Rank # Driver Points
1 44 CALEB GAFRARAR 4
2 26 MATIAS ORJUELA 11
3 9 PARKER DELONG 14
4 88 SALIM HANNA-HERNANDEZ 24
5 77 LUIS UMANA 28
6 96 GRAHAM TRAMMELL 34
7 8 BERNARDO GENTIL 35
8 55 SEBASTIAN GARZON 37
9 78 ETHAN AYARS 39
10 16 ANTHONY WHITE 45
11 99 COLE NEWTON 48
12 23 FLAVIO AQUINI 50
13 22 FERNANDO HAZAS 51
14 80 AJ FARAG 53
15 11 NICO SARPHATI 54
16 1 SALVATORE RODRIGUEZ 54
17 4 OLIVER WHELDON 60
18 31 CASEY MOYER 61
19 10 CYPRESS ANDRUSS 66
20 12 GAGE JARVIS 72
21 43 ALEX MERCADO 84
09:24pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Master ROK Qualifying Heats

Rank # Driver Points
1 625 RENATO JADER 4
2 698 JOE CRUPI 10
3 620 PAUL BONILLA 15
4 685 JORGE MATOS 22
5 626 ED QUINN 31
6 623 MICHAEL AURIEMMA 32
7 619 STEPHEN CLARK 35
8 632 GARY LENNON 39
9 608 DAVID PERGANDE 39
10 658 BILLY CLEAVELIN 42
11 638 MIKE GILES 42
12 655 CHRIS WORLEY 45
13 621 FRANCISCO MARQUES 47
14 657 FRANCISCO COSTA 57
15 603 NICK DE GRAAF 58
16 687 RENE BINE III 60
17 609 JOHN BREIDINGER 60
18 659 JIM CAREY 63
19 650 PABLO CEVALLOS 64
11:00pm CDT

ROK The Rio: Thursday Report

The 2018 ROK Cup Promotions event calendar culminates at the RIO All-Suites Hotel and Casino with the 2018 ROK the RIO race. Taking place Wednesday, October 31st to Saturday, November 3rd with drivers from around the world in attendance, the first annual event has exceeded entry expectations with more than 215 competitors taking part on the temporary race circuit. With ROK the RIO championship titles on the line, teams and competitors will also be vying for a cash purse in excess of $35,000.00.

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06:03pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Shifter ROK Senior Qualifying

Rnk Driver Gap Best Time
1 JIMMY CABRERA 46.363
2 MATHIAS RAMIREZ-BARRERO 46.392
3 ZACHARY HOLLINGSHEAD 46.588
4 ENZO PREVOST 46.598
5 VINCENZO SARRACINO 46.64
6 HUNTER PICKETT 46.699
7 DAVIDE GRECO 46.736
8 NICKY HAYS 46.761
9 GIANO TAURINO 46.812
10 ZACH PETTINICCHI 46.82
11 RON WHITE 46.837
12 DALTON EGGER 46.854
13 JOSHUA CONQUER 46.943
14 ROBERT HECK 46.983
15 KOL BAILEY 47.064
16 MAX PRESTON 47.186
17 ISAAC MARRITT 47.23
18 KYLE APUZZO 47.233
19 XINGRAN TANG 47.352
20 CASH BAXLEY 47.51
21 OWEN CLARKE 47.56
22 COLE SHADE 47.684
23 ADAM WHITE 48.157
24 DANNY FORMAL 46.315
05:55pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Senior ROK Qualifying

Rnk Driver Gap Best Time
1 ZACH CLAMAN DEMELO 48.705
2 JOSE ZANELLA 48.847
3 AXEL CABRERA 48.85
4 RYAN MACDERMID 48.875
5 MICHAEL AVANSINO 48.98
6 NICHOLAS HORNBOSTEL 48.98
7 EMMA DELATTRE 49.006
8 JACOB GULICK 49.024
9 RYAN NORBERG 49.077
10 JAKE DREW 49.079
11 JACE DENMARK-GESSEL 49.085
12 BIJOY GARG 49.118
13 KAI DALZIEL 49.129
14 LOGAN CUSSON 49.163
15 DIEGO ORTIZ 49.189
16 ROBERT SOROKA 49.199
17 PHIL GIEBLER 49.212
18 ZOEY EDENHOLM 49.285
19 MATEO VILLAGOMEZ 49.333
20 COLBY DUBATO 49.35
21 JORDAN PULICE 49.44
22 CONRAD KRAWIEC 49.521
23 RAIF SHAH 49.543
24 NATHAN MARTIN 49.718
25 SAMMY RUCK 49.766
26 PAIGE EVANS 49.827
27 FILIP NIEMKIEWICZ 49.843
28 FELIPE NICOLETTI 49.927
29 COOPER HEFFLEY 49.938
30 BRODY SHUCARD 49.965
31 YAN LIANG 50.001
32 JENSON ALTZMAN 50.053
33 RYAN MARTIN 50.237
34 DAKOTA WHITE 50.58
35 SULLIVAN SHERRILL 50.833
05:42pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Junior ROK Qualifying

Luca Mars 2018 ROK The Rio
Photo: Johnny Johnson / Kart360
Rnk Driver Gap Best Time
1 LUCA MARS 49.411
2 DIEGO CONTECHA 49.495
3 SEBASTIAN MONTOYA 49.556
4 MACKENZIE CLARK 49.676
5 JAK CRAWFORD 49.679
6 PAOLO FERRARI 49.713
7 CONNOR ZILISCH 49.725
8 AUSTIN TORGESON 49.728
9 DALE CURRAN 49.787
10 JULIAN NAZARIO 49.792
11 ASHTON TORGERSON 49.809
12 LUKE LANGE 49.817
13 ALESSANDRO DE TULLIO 49.823
14 JEREMY FAIRBAIRN 49.825
15 WILLIAM FERGUSON 49.854
16 JOEY ATANASIO 49.863
17 EMMO FITTIPALDI 49.882
18 TYLER GONZALEZ 49.89
19 THOMAS NEPVEU 49.902
20 RAFA ABDULALI 49.906
21 NICOLA ZECCHINATO 49.911
22 MAXIMILIAN OPALSKI 49.915
23 COOPER BECKLIN 49.966
24 ETHAN HO 50.024
25 EDDIE SHIMMON 50.117
26 AIDAN KENNY 50.183
27 GUILHERME FIGUEREDO 50.186
28 BRANYON TINER 50.268
29 NOLAN SIEGEL 50.327
30 WILLIAM COX 50.36
31 MARCELLO PANICCIA 50.429
32 CELSO NETO 50.523
33 JONATHON PORTZ 50.548
34 BRENDEN RUZBARSKY 50.573
35 MATTHEW MARROCCO 50.786
36 MARCOS TELLE 51.218
37 DANIEL FELLOWS 51.47
38 ALEXANDER BERG 51.775
05:26pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Shifter ROK Master Qualifying

Ryan Kinnear 2018 ROK The Rio
Photo: Johnny Johnson / Kart360
Rnk Driver Gap Best Time
1 RYAN KINNEAR 47.206
2 JORDON MUSSER 47.316
3 ROD CLINARD 47.336
4 VICTOR JIMENEZ 47.378
5 MICHAEL JONES 47.464
6 NATHAN STEWART 47.513
7 NICK FIRESTONE 47.597
8 KALVIN CHEN 47.659
9 MICHAEL GUASCH 47.813
10 NICK MAJOR 47.909
11 PATRICK O'NEILL 47.981
12 JEFF MILLS 48.085
13 FARSHAD BAGHERI 48.133
14 VICKI BRIAN 48.176
15 RICHARD HILLEMAN 48.828
05:19pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Mini ROK Qualifying

Kai Sorensen 2018 ROK The Rio
Photo: Johnny Johnson
Rnk Driver Gap Best Time
1 KAI SORENSEN 53.752
2 JAMES EGOZI 53.898
3 JACK JEFFERS 54.054
4 NIKITA JOHNSON 54.091
5 FLAVIO OLIVIERI 54.175
6 LEONARDO MEGNA 54.2
7 BRANDON CARR 54.242
8 JEREMY FLETCHER 54.244
9 ANDRES CARDENAS 54.279
10 YUANPU CUI 54.467
11 NOAH BAKER 54.518
12 ENZO DELIGNY 54.58
13 KYLE RAYMOND 54.594
14 STEPHEN EISERT 54.616
15 TANNER GARVIN 54.664
16 PARKER DELONG 54.683
17 DANNY DYSZELSKI 54.71
18 ANTONIO ZARCONE 54.792
19 PAUL BOCUSE 54.813
20 SEBASTIAN WHELDON 54.858
21 ANNIE RHULE 54.88
22 ENZO SWAN 54.94
23 CARLOS HERNANDEZ 54.957
24 PATRICK MOLNAR 55.016
25 LUCAS SZABO 55.037
26 LOGAN TOKE 55.047
27 FRANKIE ESPOSITO 55.077
28 COOPER SIMPSON 55.138
29 CAMERON WEINBERG 55.177
30 AYDEN INGRATTA 55.248
31 KALEB KECK 55.282
32 JORGE ORTIZ 55.489
33 CHRISTIAN CAMERON 56.026
05:15pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Senior/Master 100cc ROK Qualifying

Rnk Driver Gap Best Time
1 COLBY DUBATO 51.036
2 KYLE HAYNER 51.11
3 COOPER BECKLIN 51.115
4 JENSON ALTZMAN 51.21
5 ERIC SLIVKOFF 51.228
6 NATHAN MARTIN 51.292
7 JONATHAN SILVA 51.692
8 HENRY FALLS-HAND 51.757
9 KEVIN MANNING 51.8
10 RICKY WORLEY 51.804
11 TRAVIS IRVING 51.959
12 CHRISTOPHER ROCK 52.012
13 MICHEL MANNING 52.047
14 ROB KOZAKOWSKI 52.143
15 DANIEL EATON 52.188
16 TIM MEYER JR 52.239
17 VICTORIA HELM 52.242
18 ABIGAIL MCLAUGHLIN 52.257
19 TIM HANNEN 52.592
20 TROY JONES 53.449
21 JIMMY GREGORY 54.656
05:09pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Micro ROK Qualifying

Rnk Driver Gap Best Time
1 MATIAS ORJUELA 55.638
2 CALEB GAFRARAR 55.704
3 ANTHONY WHITE 55.826
4 SEBASTIAN GARZON 55.881
5 PARKER DELONG 55.989
6 BERNARDO GENTIL 56.101
7 SALIM HANNA-HERNANDEZ 56.16
8 LUIS UMANA 56.346
9 COLE NEWTON 56.409
10 GRAHAM TRAMMELL 56.449
11 ETHAN AYARS 56.495
12 AJ FARAG 56.581
13 FLAVIO AQUINI 56.802
14 CASEY MOYER 57.058
15 FERNANDO HAZAS 57.299
16 NICO SARPHATI 57.4
17 GAGE JARVIS 58.079
18 OLIVER WHELDON 58.123
04:43pm CDT

2018 ROK The Rio Master ROK Qualifying

Rnk Driver Gap Best Time
1 RENATO JADER 49.898
2 JORGE MATOS 50.103
3 BILLY CLEAVELIN 50.14
4 PAUL BONILLA 50.195
5 JOE CRUPI 50.357
6 STEPHEN CLARK 50.5
7 GARY LENNON 50.579
8 MIKE GILES 50.581
9 ED QUINN 50.617
10 CHRIS WORLEY 50.722
11 DAVID PERGANDE 50.74
12 FRANCISCO MARQUES 50.821
13 FRANCISCO COSTA 50.884
14 NICK DE GRAAF 50.923
15 MICHAEL AURIEMMA 50.949
16 RENE BINE III 51.034
17 JOHN BREIDINGER 51.243
18 JIM CAREY 51.267
19 PABLO CEVALLOS 52.149
01:41pm CDT

Driver's Briefings underway

Chuck Yoder talks with drivers at their briefing in Vegas
Race Director Chuck Yoder gives instruction to drivers at their briefing Thursday morning. Photo: Johnny Johnson / Kart360

Driver's Briefings are now underway after practice has concluded. We'll head into a lunch break from 12pm-12:50pm followed by qualifying practice at 1:00pm PDT.

A look down the front straight away at 2018 ROK The Rio
ROK The Rio: What we learned

By all accounts the ROK takeover of Vegas was a success and should be even better in 2019.

Mathias Ramirez wins 2018 ROK The Rio Shifter ROK Senior
Ramirez gives GFC Kart massive win in Shifter ROK

Two drivers on new equipment gave onlookers a riveting final to end ROK The Rio 2018.

Ryan MacDermid pumps his fist at the finish of Senior ROK 2018 ROK The Rio
MacDermid attacks at all the right times in Senior ROK Final

He wasn't the quickest, but the Canadian Birel ART driver put in the work.

Sebastian Montoya 2018 ROK The Rio
2018 ROK Cup Promotions ROK the RIO – Saturday Report

The 2018 ROK Cup Promotions event calendar culminates at the RIO All-Suites Hotel and Casino with the 2018 ROK the RIO race.

Sebastian Montoya 2018 ROK The Rio
Montoya defends pole position in Junior ROK Final

It was a frenzy early, but the Columbian found himself back in front when it mattered.

Jordon Musser celebrates at 2018 ROK The Rio
Musser avoids contact in front, wins Shifter ROK Master

In his first ROK Shifter event, Musser continued to get quicker.