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July 07, 2010
Series News: ROK Cup - Race #1 Report
 

Rok Cup Junior starting grid
Rok Cup Junior starting grid

The 2010 Allen Berg Racing Schools Western Canadian Rok Cup kicked off its first round of the 2010 season on June 18, 19, and 20 in Regina Saskatchewan. As in previous years, the Western Canadian Rok Cup Championship will award the top Senior and Junior driver the opportunity to Represent Canada at the Rok Cup World Finals in Lonato, Italy this fall. Not only will the drivers be representing their country in October 2010 in an International event, but the Team Canada drivers will also get the privilege of racing under the CRG factory banner as factory drivers for the Rok Cup World finals. The Allen Berg Racing Schools Western Canadian Rok Cup series’ title sponsor is awarding the top Masters driver with a scholarship to the Allen Berg Racing Schools. The Masters winner will get to drive a Tatus Formula Renault 1600 Monza open wheel race car for a one day formula car race school program.

Junior driver Marcus Brodie has made a return to the series after a strong effort in 2008. In 2008 Brodie finished third in the overall Junior standings, just falling short of representing Canada at the Rok World Finals. In 2010 Brodie has returned to the series to take another run at the Junior Rok crown in a Vemme Kart. Brodie, and his mechanic/driving coach Lorenzo Manderino, could not have asked for a better start to the series by winning all three races in Regina and taking a commanding points lead. Calgary, Alberta newcomer to the Rok Junior championship, Kyoichi Tsutsui, racing for CRG West in a CRG Chassis, was very impressive in his first outing in a Rok package and his first time at the Three Flags Track in Regina. Tsutsui was consistently fast all weekend in his CRG but ran into some bad luck by throwing a chain in the second race while applying heavy pressure to the leader, Brodie. Tsutsui set the fastest lap in all three races but could do no better than a fourth overall due to the loss of his chain. The most exiting duel of the weekend was definitely between Regina’s home town driver Garret Britton, in a K&M Motorsports Maranello, and Surrey, BC.’s Tyler Beck, in a Race Lab prepped Sodi Kart. The two drivers consistently swapped positions throughout the three races. They impressed everyone with their clean passes and close wheel to wheel racing throughout the three races. Beck narrowly edged out home town favorite Britton for the second position on the podium leaving Britton in third.
 

Rok Cup Senior Podium
Rok Cup Senior Podium

The Masters class also had a lot at stake, with the drivers competing for the Allen Berg Racing Schools Scholarship. Regina’s Keith Miller, of K&M Motorsports, put on a great show in his Maranello by winning all three points races. Second on the podium for the weekend went to another home town driver Sam Ferris in a Team Attack CRG. Ray Lord, from Burnaby BC, was consistently quick in his CRG West CRG, he finished third in the first and third races but was unfortunately disqualified from the second race due to a rear axle width infraction, which dropped him off the podium for the weekend and left the third position open for Regina’s Bart Ritchie and his K & M Maranello.

The Rok Senior class drivers are biding for one of two spots on Team Canada for the Rok world finals. Last year’s Western Canadian Junior Rok Champion Chad Grunow is looking to be the first driver to win the Junior championship one year and follow it up with a Senior championship the following year. Grunow and his mechanic/driving coach Blake Choquer started the weekend exactly as they planned, with Grunow placing his BBR Tony Kart on pole and backing it up with winning the first race of the weekend. In race two, Grunow once again had the lead with the home town drivers Darcy Shaw, in an Ital Kart, and Nick Ferris, in a Team Attack CRG, following close behind. As the trio started to work their way through lap traffic, Grunow unfortunately got tangled up with a lapper, ending his race. This left the door open for Ferris and Shaw to fight it out for the win. Shaw narrowly edged out Ferris to win race two. The final race of the weekend saw much of the same as the first two, with Shaw, Ferris, and Grunow battling for the top three positions. Shaw led most of the race with Ferris applying heavy pressure. Grunow was able to slowly work his way back around Ferris and Shaw for the lead and eventually took his second win of the weekend with Shaw in second and Ferris settling for third, despite posting the fastest lap of the race. Although Grunow won two out of three races, Shaw’s consistency gained him the points lead going into the next round of the ABRS’s Western Canadian Rok Cup, taking place in Quesnel, BC, on August 13th-15th.
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