Two more rounds of heat races were contested on Saturday at the Ocala Gran Prix, round two of the Sofina Foods Florida Winter Tour presented by FIKSE Wheels. Cody Schindel was there.
Up front, it remained status quo for the most part with the qualifying leaders controlling most of the heat races. Kyle Kirkwood remained perfect in ROK Senior, easily disposing of his competition en route to two more heat wins and the provisional pole-position for Sunday.
Ryan Norberg will line up alongside Kirkwood in the PreFinal courtesy of some strong heats, while Victor Frazoni, Luis Forteza and Dominic Tesoro round out the top-five after the heats.
In ROK Shifter, Oliver Askew scored his second heat win in the morning, before polesitter Austin Garrison rebounded in heat three to finally take a win. Big news came in Heat 3 when Danny Formal was excluded in post-tech after finishing second. Formal still has a shot but will start the PreFinal from the 11th position with rival Askew on pole.
It looked like Michael d’Orlando was finally able to break down Mathias Ramirez in the third ROK Junior heat, but Ramirez patiently waited until the final corner of the final lap to take advantage of a slight mistake by d’Orlando to slide underneath and score his third heat win of the weekend, with d’Orlando settling for second place for the third time.
Younger brother Nicholas d’Orlando will line up third on Sunday courtesy of three solid heat race results, followed by Matthew Latifi and Tyler Gonzalez.
Three drivers in Mini ROK were tied atop the heat race points chart at the end of Saturday, but thanks to his fast time in qualifying, Tyler Maxson will remain on the pole for Sunday. Reece Gold and Matheus Morgatto both managed a pair of heat wins and a second to match Maxson’s point total, and will line up second and third, just as they qualified, followed by Rafael Camera and Derek Carmenate, who recovered well after qualifying 13th.
Continuing to impress in Micro ROK, Oliver Denny swept his heats on Saturday to remain on top with relative ease. Nicholas Terlecki, Brent Crews and Connor Zilisch were best of the rest while a mechanical DNF in Heat 2 for Jeremy Fletcher hurt his chances of battling Denny for the top spot on Sunday, forcing him to start from 11th in the Pre-Final.
Finally, ROK Masters was dominated on Saturday by Anthony Honeywell but it will be Adam Petitt who will lead the field to green on Sunday as Honeywell scored a DNF in Heat 1 on Friday and will start third. Daniel Gieger slots in-between the two.
Closing out the weekend on Sunday, all classes will complete a Pre-Final and Final race to determine the weekend’s winners.
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