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Blayze Coaching Race Report

The First Race Winners Of The ROK Sonoma
Presented By Titanium Sports Nutrition In 2023

Next Event: Easter Weekend

March 27, 2023 – It was the first race of the season for the ROK Sonoma Presented by Titanium Sports Nutrition and it was a great start to the 2023 campaign. With the most significant class of close to twenty racers, nearly seventy-five competitors took to the track for the opening weekend with the next event just ten days away.

Read below to see how the first wheel-to-wheel action of the season went down.

Alex Rantala-Jr. VLR

Junior VLR

It was a ten-kart-strong Junior VLR class, but none were better than Alex Rantala. Dominating the main event, Rantala went on to claim the victory by more than twelve seconds to kickstart his 2023 campaign. Leaving the field to fight behind him, Cypress Andruss moved from the Mini category to Junior and found success standing on the second step of the podium, while national-level front-runner Turner Brown joined them on the podium in third. Jimmy Pahn narrowly missed the podium result by a scant eight-tenths of a second behind Brown but finished just over one second ahead of Dylan Turner in the fifth position.

125cc Shifter Ltd presented by Altwell / Master ROK presented by Radical Northwest

Hunter Hagenbuch-125 LTD
Scott Bradley-Master ROK
While the class sizes were small in the 125cc Shifter LTD and the Master ROK categories, the first winners of 2023 included Hunter Hagenbuch and Scott Bradley. While Hagenbuch topped the results sheets ahead of Ori Della Penna in the gearbox class, it was Bradley who got the best of the Master ROK competitors as he outpaced David Palic for the win.
Val Garbarino-Sr. VLR

Senior VLR presented by OPI Builders

Eighteen Senior VLR Drivers, the largest class of the weekend, took to the track for their eighteen-lap main event as the top-seven finished on the lead lap. Anthony White claimed the fastest lap of the race, but it was only good enough for the second position as he finished just behind the first VLR Senior race winner of the year, Val Garbarino. With Garbarino taking the win and White in second, Flavio Aquini was able to join the front two on the podium despite finishing a distant third. Aquini narrowly edged Max Schmidt who crossed the line in the fourth position while Torsten Olsen rounded out the top-five.

Mini & Micro ROK presented by SSI Racing

Mateo Calderon-Mini ROK
Kylie Johnson-Micro ROK
Ten drivers made up the Micro ROK and Mini ROK combined class with another national-level competitor forcefully at the front of the field. It was Mateo Calderon who rose to the occasion in Mini ROK to take a commanding twenty-three-second victory over Julian Sanchez who crossed the line in the second position. Brock Perry was the third and final driver on the podium as he ended up third on the result sheets after the dust had settled with Henry Fogarty and Case Wan finishing fourth and fifth respectively. On the Micro ROK side of the program, it was Kylie Johnson who earned the race one victory ahead of Neev Adesra and Aidan Go.
Georgios Georgiou-Mstr VLR

Master VLR

Nine drivers took to the track in Master VLR as the growing class once again proved to be one of the biggest on the weekend. When the checkered flag flew, it was Georgios Georgiou who found himself the victor and celebrated by climbing to the top step of the podium, while Daniel Jones finished second but earned the fastest lap of the race. Scott Formanek claimed a hard-earned P3 finish with Fred Clark and Stephen Gaudreau rounding out the top-five.

Pro ROK Shifter & Master ROK Shifter presented by Altwell

Tazio Ottis-Pro ROK Shifter
Patrick O'Neil-Mstr ROK Shifter
While Patrick O’Neil swept the Master ROK Shifter festivities, the Pro Shifter ROK category was won by Tazio Ottis. Earning the race win in the twenty-lap main event by just over four seconds, Brian Keck was the best of the rest as he crossed the line second, as Ottis, Keck and Kevin Woods celebrated on the podium. Colin McGrath crossed the line P4 while Michael Avansino was eventually classified in the fifth position.
Next up for the ROK Sonoma Presented by Titanium Sports is round two over the April 7-8 Easter weekend.

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