While we have been keeping tabs on Devlin Defrancesco throughout the summer as he competes at the highest levels of European kart racing, his younger brother Lachlan has been tearing things up in North America.
This past weekend, Lachlan was in Orlando, Florida competing in the ROK Cup USA, seeking the title and an invitation to the ROK Cup International Final.
A brilliant drive in the Sunday Final saw Defrancesco drive from 17th on the starting grid in the Mini-ROK Final, all the way to the point, taking the victory aboard his BENIK Kart. With his win, he elevated to second place in the overall championship and earned an invitation to compete at the ROK Cup International Final. The Final will be held in Italy next month and will position Rokkers from around the world against each other.
Across the Atlantic, Canadian Antonio Serravalle continued his European venture in Italy.
After qualifying sixth overall, Serravalle was very strong in his heat races, winning the B vs C flight.
However, tough luck in Pre-Final forced him out of the race early, ranking 34th and having to start the Final from the rear.
A very spirited drive in the Final saw Serravalle really show his potential. Advancing through the field in the twelve lap main event, the Pserra Racing/TonyKart driver recovered to finished seventh overall, setting the fastest lap in the process.
In their inaugural season, the ROK Cup Quebec Championship will crown their initial champions in early October, with one driver from the Mini-ROK division earning an invitation to the ROK Cup International Final. Currently, Patrick Woods-Toth leads the way, but anything can happen in the final rounds.
The ROK Cup Quebec is preparing for expansion in 2015, with lots of news to come in the next few weeks. There is also a ROK open house day being arranged for drivers to test out ROK packages in anticipation of the 2015 season.