Johnny Johnson

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

Egozi straight-lines the penultimate corner to get underneath Sorenson in front of the grandstands.

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James Egozi had to execute an incredible pass on the final lap to seize the lead and earn the win in Mini ROK. Photo: Johnny Johnson / Kart360

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. 

As the laps closed, Sorensen and Egozi had put Johnson in their rear view mirror to set up for one last duel. As the duo came through the final corners, Sorensen held a two or three kart advantage and decided not to defend. Egozi took that as an opportunity and drove a straight line into the penultimate corner while Sorensen took the race line on the outside. As the two were under braking, Egozi slid under Sorensen and almost parked it in front of the Californian, slowing his rival down just enough to win the drag race to the line.

Johnson could only watch from third as he finished off the podium in a weekend that had its ups and downs, but one he can be proud of. Jeremy Fletcher and Jace Park had a race of their own for fourth with Fletcher earning the upper hand by a mere .095.

Race Results - Top Five

2018 ROK The Rio Mini ROK Final
Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time
1 148 JAMES EGOZI 53.932
2 115 KAI SORENSEN 0.078 53.903
3 107 NIKITA JOHNSON 1.453 53.819
4 122 JEREMY FLETCHER 4.36 54.081
5 156 JACE PARK 4.455 54.038
Full standings
Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time
6 125 BRANDON CARR 6.714 54.056
7 174 ENZO DELIGNY 7.034 54.045
8 149 NOAH BAKER 13.371 54.3
9 157 LOGAN TOKE 14.645 54.197
10 170 ANNIE RHULE 15.424 54.18
11 110 ANDRES CARDENAS 15.741 54.465
12 118 LEONARDO MEGNA 16.318 54.438
13 113 ANTONIO ZARCONE 16.416 54.211
14 129 PARKER DELONG 16.852 54.536
15 139 STEPHEN EISERT 16.897 54.508
16 199 YUANPU CUI 19.617 54.377
17 177 FRANKIE ESPOSITO 20.728 54.735
18 100 JORGE ORTIZ 22.091 54.613
19 142 CARLOS HERNANDEZ 26.275 54.645
20 188 DANNY DYSZELSKI 27.566 54.873
21 153 TANNER GARVIN 27.659 54.633
22 144 COOPER SIMPSON 28.103 55.053
23 198 SEBASTIAN WHELDON 32.744 54.346
24 196 KALEB KECK 34.176 55.313
25 111 PATRICK MOLNAR 37.488 55.707
26 119 CHRISTIAN CAMERON 38.788 55.337
27 103 JACK JEFFERS 43.147 54.2
28 147 ZACH OLSEN 4 Laps 56.644
29 114 ENZO SWAN 9 Laps 55.84
30 112 KYLE RAYMOND 10 Laps 54.21
31 105 AYDEN INGRATTA 12 Laps 55.459
32 191 LUCAS SZABO 17 Laps
33 171 PAUL BOCUSE 37.165 54.756
34 120 FLAVIO OLIVIERI 5 Laps 54.297
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