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Musser avoids contact in front, wins Shifter ROK Master

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

Jordon Musser celebrates at 2018 ROK The Rio
Jordon Musser made his Shifter ROK debut one to remember. 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.

Just after halfway, the strategy was starting to pay off as Kinnear was in their grasp. On lap 16, Clinard made contact with Kinnear, pushing both off the racing line and into the marbles. Musser now had a clear opening to take the lead as the two slower karts tried to regain control and back up to speed.

Musser, now out to an advantage over one second, cruised to the finish as his fellow Texan, Kinnear, limped home in second with a caved rear bumper. Clinard kept himself in the top three, just out of the reach of Nathan Stewart in fourth. Patrick O'neil would finish a distant fifth.

Race Results - Top Five

2018 ROK The Rio Shifter ROK Master Final
Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time
1 516 JORDON MUSSER 46.918
2 508 RYAN KINNEAR 1.501 46.79
3 520 ROD CLINARD 3.051 46.917
4 521 NATHAN STEWART 3.388 46.921
5 564 PATRICK O'NEILL 9.903 47.241
Full standings
Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time
6 555 NICK MAJOR 11.717 47.279
7 525 JEFF MILLS 18.994 47.376
8 591 MICHAEL GUASCH 19.336 47.382
9 544 GONZALO APONTE 22.337 47.56
10 505 FARSHAD BAGHERI 25.261 47.649
11 556 KALVIN CHEN 35.405 47.43
12 526 VICKI BRIAN 38.641 47.96
13 523 VICTOR JIMENEZ 9 Laps 47.009
14 551 RICHARD HILLEMAN 12 Laps 49.341
15 561 MICHAEL JONES 24 Laps
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