|19 October 2016|
The 14th RoK Cup International Final is on this weekend at Lonato. 422 drivers will contest the event, including five Australians:
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Above: Barrichello and Montoya - just a couple of the famous names competing at the RoK Cup
RoK press release
ASSAULT TO THE TITLES. The Rok paddock will be well attended by drivers in search of glory and many of them will point to the Rok International title.
As always to make a prediction is impossible, in fact in the hard-fought Rokker lineup of the entry list there are international champions.
The Mini Rok is in search of its king as the reigning champion Leonardo Marseglia jumped in the international OKJ categories and will not be able to defend his title.
After three years of Italian supremacy (Marseglia 2015 and Abrusci 2014-13) we will see if the Mini Rokker world drivers will be able to beat the householders. The last driver who succeeded was the South African Clinton Bezuidenhout in 2012.
The Junior Rok is another category that promises to be explosive. It’s still alive in the memory of everybody the formidable sprint finish, with collision, which crowned the 2015 champion Danny Carenini, to the damage of the South African Stuart White and the two-time Rok Italian champion Francesco Pagano.
This year, too, the three above-mentioned Rokkers will be on the track, but many of their rivals have grown and trained, so we can expect an even hard fight, perhaps with a less daring arrival.
The defending champion, the Polish driver Szymon Szyszko (the past year the category was called Rok) will attend the Senior Rokclass. Szyszko in 2015 was the only non-Italian champion, breaking a record that many wish to break for taking the prestigious Senior Rok title (but not only this category) in other countries of the world.
Riccardo Cinti is the international Super Rok champion and has recently repeated his national title, winning the Rok Cup Italy. With two international and four national titles, all won in the Super class, Cinti is the Rokker driver to be defeated, in a category where performances are formidable and, while having a less numerous entry list, presents top drivers among its starters.
The Shifter Rok is the category with the largest number of international champions at the starting grid. Cristopher Zani and Danilo Albanesi are the two Rokkers boasting two titles each, but for both the victories did not arrive in the category with the gear.Zani won twice the International Final in the Super Rok class and Albanese was champion in the Senior first and Super category then.
Giacomo Pollini, the defending champion, will not be in tussle, but the reasons of interest are many in this category, which has grown well and in a short time due to top technical contents.
Needless to say, the spotlight will be focused on Rok #405, at the wheel of which there will be the Brazilian Rubens Barrichello.
THE MOTORSPORT WATCHES ROK
Dizzying figures with 422 Rokkers at the start, 51 Countries and 5 continents mark the importance of an event of international value, absolutely at the top in the karting world.
The names of motorsport champions who will make the paddock Rok their home during this week, is unforgettable. Mick Doohan (former world 500 motorcycle champion), Emerson Fittipaldi (former F1 World Champion and IndyCar Champion), Juan Pablo Montoya (former F1 and Indycar Champion), Jarno Trulli (former-F1 driver), Luca Badoer (former-F1 driver), Ralf Schumacher (former F1 driver) and Giorgio Pantano (ex-F1 driver).
A special place will be given to Rubens Barrichello, who will not be "only" seated in the stands to cheer on their children but the former Ferrari driver will be at the wheel of his Rok Shifter chassis to go wild in the race!
The beauty of the place is well known to all, Lake Garda and the area attractions are many. This year the very Grand Rok Final will have a great novelty, the track design. Early in the season, the new design of the South Garda track was celebrated, now 1,200 meters long and made even more challenging by the new bends featuring its configuration.
So this will be a further incentive for the 430 Rokkers that will face in the fourteenth Rok Cup International Final’s edition.