Round 3 of the National ROK Cup Championship was hosted at the home of the KZN Kart Club at iDube Raceway in Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal this weekend (June 25-26) and saw Parolin drivers take home some long awaited silverware.
Mini ROK rookie, Sebastian Dias, competing in only his third competitive race showed sublime pace throughout the weekend to finish second overall. Dias who only started out in karting in 2020, competed in last season’s F200 Championship (Four-stroke) where he finished as runner up. Following two further races at the start of the 2021 season, Dias switched to a two-stroke kart and entered himself into the competitive Mini ROK class. He made his debut at the ROK Cup’s Northern Regions Championship in Vereeniging earlier this year after which he entered the National Championship with his first race being at Round 2 at the Formula-K Kart Circuit in Benoni.
Qualifying in seventh, Dias made up a number of places in Heat 1 to take the chequered flag in third and score his maiden podium in the class. Starting on the front row in second for Heat 2, Dias would again have his work cut out racing the inform Squadra Corse drivers, including championship leader, Luviwe Sambudla. Dias, however, never seemed phased and crossed the finish line in second to improve on his Heat 1 result. In doing so he also recorded the fastest lap of the race which would see him start from pole position for the final heat. A good start could not keep Sambudla behind him and eventually Dias conceded another position to run in third for several laps. Dias did, however, make a pass to retake the position but was again relegated after losing the place. Dias took his third consecutive podium across the line and with it the second overall position to end off a strong day for Parolin.
“I love racing,” said Dias. “Starting out in a four stroke was probably the best preparation I could ask for. It taught me a lot and made the transition into two-stroke racing that much easier. It’s definitely more competitive and less forgiving. You have to push on every lap and the slightest error could cost you a number of positions. I had a great weekend at iDube and rode my luck too. But it’s a tough class with so many drivers able to run at the front. I wouldn’t be able to do it alone though and must thank Uncle Sean (Frosty) and my family for the support. I’m looking forward to the next one.”
Berlin Robinson and Christopher Tait, both competing in a Parolin chassis had a mixed bag of results with Robinson placing fifth overall but also winning the overall Mini ROK U/10 result. Tait battled the midfield for the best part of Saturday and scored his best result in the final heat giving him an overall result of 13th.
Published by: Raymond Cornwell
Picture Caption: Sebastian Dias
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