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

Door opens for Jenson Altzman after Dubato and Hayner get together at the end.

Jenson Altzman 2018 ROK The Rio
Jenson Altzman. 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.

On the final lap, Hayner's lead was erased entirely and the pressure was on. In corner eight, Hayner and Dubato made contact, giving an opening for Altzman to move into the lead with Cooper Becklin and Mclaughlin in tow. Those three would eventually form the podium a few corners later, as the initial front-row of Dubato and Hayner were now well down the order.

Dubato would eventually receive a penalty for his pass on Hayner and Hayner had a starting infraction, demoting both drivers to 10th and 8th respectively.

In 100cc Masters, Jonathan Silva (Formula Works / Compkart) had his hands full early, but would eventually pull away by a substantial margin, beating teammate Travis Firing (Formula Works / Compkart) by 6.5 seconds. Tim Meyer Jr (RPG / Tony Kart) gave Firing all the pressure he could from third.

Race Results - Top Five

2018 ROK The Rio 100cc Senior Final
Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time
1 723 JENSON ALTZMAN 50.833
2 791 COOPER BECKLIN 0.193 50.854
3 756 ABIGAIL MCLAUGHLIN 0.413 50.872
4 752 ERIC SLIVKOFF 1.243 51.01
5 777 NATHAN MARTIN 5.74 51.097
Full standings
Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time
6 733 RICKY WORLEY 16.262 51.654
7 778 HENRY FALLS-HAND 17.986 51.418
8 732 KYLE HAYNER 3.817 51.077
9 717 DANIEL EATON 27.187 52.09
10 715 COLBY DUBATO 1.115 50.849
11 763 MICHEL MANNING 21 Laps 52.154
12 713 TROY JONES 21 Laps 53.265
13 719 VICTORIA HELM 22 Laps 52.12
Jonathan Silva 2018 ROK The Rio
Jonathan Silva. Photo: Johnny Johnson / Kart360

Race Results - Top Five

2018 ROK The Rio 100cc Masters Final
Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time
1 844 JONATHAN SILVA 51.638
2 885 TRAVIS IRVING 6.558 51.666
3 833 TIM MEYER JR 7.801 51.801
4 823 KEVIN MANNING 9.046 51.838
5 870 ROB KOZAKOWSKI 15 51.675
Full standings
Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time
6 843 JIMMY GREGORY 1 Lap 53.941
7 855 TIM HANNEN 8 Laps 52.176
8 854 CHRISTOPHER ROCK 10 Laps 52.326
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Ryan MacDermid pumps his fist at the finish of Senior ROK 2018 ROK The Rio
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