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DeLong captures gold at ROK The Rio in Micro ROK

DeLong outlasts four others in frantic final lap.

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.

Throughout the race DeLong had battled with Caleb Gafrarar (Parolin) and Bernado Gentil (Benik). That lead trio broke away from the field for the majority of the race, swapping positions nearly every lap. Matias Orjuela (VMotorsports / Parolin) found his groove in fourth alone, but able to keep pace with the leaders. Sebastian Garzon (Team Montoya / Tony Kart) too was alone in fifth but had no issue keeping up with the leaders, just a second back.

In an intense final lap, the five karts formed one group at the front, each fighting for the podium. When the dust settled, DeLong had put his machine at the top, followed by Gafrarar and Gentil on the podium. Garzon was able to overtake Orjuela for the fourth spot.

Race Results - Top Five

2018 ROK The Rio Micro ROK Final
Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time
1 9 PARKER DELONG 55.479
2 44 CALEB GAFRARAR 0.189 55.405
3 8 BERNARDO GENTIL 0.584 55.302
4 55 SEBASTIAN GARZON 1.014 55.425
5 26 MATIAS ORJUELA 1.05 55.41
Full standings
Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time
6 78 ETHAN AYARS 3.094 55.409
7 88 SALIM HANNA-HERNANDEZ 3.208 55.451
8 1 SALVATORE RODRIGUEZ 14.071 55.732
9 99 COLE NEWTON 14.934 55.96
10 80 AJ FARAG 15.211 56.092
11 96 GRAHAM TRAMMELL 15.491 56.204
12 16 ANTHONY WHITE 15.686 55.553
13 23 FLAVIO AQUINI 19.443 56.297
14 22 FERNANDO HAZAS 20.503 56.349
15 77 LUIS UMANA 24.501 55.566
16 31 CASEY MOYER 26.873 56.625
17 43 ALEX MERCADO 43.482 57.578
18 11 NICO SARPHATI 2 Laps 57.318
19 12 GAGE JARVIS 2 Laps 56.965
20 4 OLIVER WHELDON 15 Laps 57.839
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