Hosting the second round of the 2015 Florida Winter Tour ROK Cup, the Orlando Kart Center provided the racing that most anticipated as the fast and flowing track catered to many different driving styles and in many of the races the fans were delivered a great show.
On Saturday in ROK Junior Brazilian Gulherme Peixoto (RPG/Kosmic) took advantage of early battling by his competitors behind and jumped out to an early lead. Never looking back and hitting his marks every lap, Peixoto scored a 1.6 second victory over Homestead double-winner Mathias Ramirez (OGP/TonyKart) and Arthur Leist (Techspeed). Michael d’Orlando (KoeneUSA/TonyKart) and Anthony Gangi Jr. (GT7/TonyKart) rounded out the top-five after some hectic battling throughout the race.
Polesitter Roman DeAngelis (KoeneUSA/TonyKart) never made it past corner four as hard contact from behind would knock him out of the race.
On Sunday we saw the emergence of David Malukas (Top Kart). After qualifying on the pole, Malukas easily won the Prefinal as once again the pack battled for second place and allowed the leader to get away.
For the second straight day, DeAngelis found trouble early in the Final after starting on the front row, being pushed wide in corner one this time.
Out front, Malukas was under heavy pressure early from Ramirez as the OGP driver was impatient to get to the lead. Unfortunately for Ramirez, he would make a move entering the tight chicane that saw him bounce off Malukas, allowing Enzo Fittipaldi (PiquetSports/TonyKart) to pass by both of them. Malukas was able to recover by Ramirez was swallowed up by the catching drivers he would crash again only a couple corners later.
Out front Malukas and Fittipaldi exchanged the lead for a pair of laps before Malukas put the pedal down and broke away to the checkered flag and taking the victory. Fittipaldi finished second while Michael McCarthy (Anderson/BirelART) completed the podium with a very spirited drive. Luis Forteza (PSL/TonyKart) Gianluca Petecof (AM Racing/Exprit) completed the top-five.