24th October 2016
Queenslander Jack Doohan finished as the highest placed Australian at the Rok International Final at South Garda, Italy on the weekend.
Competing in the Junior Rok class Doohan was classified fifth after the heat races before eventually finishing 13th in the main event.
Doohan’s fellow Gold Coaster Broc Feeney narrowly missed out on a berth in the finals stage. After qualifying 68th in the 86 driver field Feeney made his way towards the front only to be classified 36th after the heat races. He would finish fifth in the TKart Trophy race.
A huge field of 168 drivers lined up to battle for the honours in the Mini Rok class, including three Australians Cooper Webster, Jay Hanson and Caleb Sumich. Like Feeney, Webster narrowly missed out on a berth in the finals stage by two places and finished fifth in the Bridgestone Trophy race. Hanson was seventh while Sumich failed to make the transfer.
Reigning Australian KA1 Champion Scott Sorensen made his international debut at the event, who along with Doohan, Webster and Hanson were competing courtesy of the prizes they win in the Australian Kart Championship.
Competing in the Super Rok class Sorensen ran inside the top 20 for the majority of the weekend before a mechanical issue hampered him in the final leaving him to finish 29th.