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The Vereeniging Kart Circuit hosted the opening round of the 2020 ROK Cup National Championship over 12-13 October. Parolin Racing South Africa recovered from a few opening race setbacks to go on and record a number of good results across three of the four classes it competed in over the weekend.



KID ROK (6 - 10 years)

Aadam Kajee (#27) was the sole Parolin entry in the junior category. Despite taking a victory in one of the six heats, it was a fairly frustrating day for the young Wits University footballer. Clearly one of the quicker drivers on the grid, Aadam’s confidence was dented when he had to change engines over the weekend leaving him unable to run at the front of the field with an underperforming engine. He managed the sixth overall result for the round.

MINI ROK (8 - 13 years)

Seven Parolin drivers flew the Parolin flag in this class, including three that are eligible to compete in the Mini ROK U/10 Championship. After a number of good qualifying results, the team were unfortunate to be involved in a few race incidents that saw Caleb Odendaal (#75) amongst others, unceremoniously taken out from the second position and left stranded on the side of the circuit, fortunately without any injuries. Joaquin de Oliveira (#32) too suffered an unfortunate penalty causing him to lose his hard-fought second position in the opening race. Moosa Kajee (#71), Kent Swartz (#58) and Christopher Tait (#43) all placed within the top-10 and would drive consistently throughout the remainder of the weekend. Swartz would come on strong towards the latter part of the weekend and finish on the podium in Heat 4.

The overall results were:

•    De Oliveira (4th)
•    Kent Swartz (6th)
•    Christopher Tait (11th)
•    Caleb Odendaal (13th)
•    Moosa Kajee (14th)
•    Berlin Robinson (18th)
•    Georgia Lenaerts (24th)

MINI ROK U/10 (8 - 10 years)

•    Caleb Odendaal (4th)
•    Berlin Robinson (5th)
•    Georgia Lenaerts (8th)

OK JUNIOR (12 - 15 years)

Mika Abrahams (#12) and Tyler Robinson (#27) both qualified in the top-7 and had a strong opening race with both drivers improving on their qualifying positions. Abrahams unfortunately took a nose-cone penalty that saw him drop back to the seventh position. Both drivers were fairly consistent and improved their pace throughout the weekend. Robinson, however, was disqualified in heat five for a technical transgression which saw her drop down the overall results sheet. The overall results saw them finish as follows:

•    Mika Abrahams (8th)
•    Tyler Robinson (13th)

The next round of the National ROK Cup Championship will take place over 30-31 October at the iDube Raceway.

Published by:  Raymond Cornwell

Picture Caption:  Joaquin de Oliveira started a number of heats from the front in a strong weekend for the Cape Town driver.

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