Lodi, California’s Leading Edge Motorsports made the short trip to Las Vegas this past weekend to take on the ROK Cup USA ROK the RIO event at the RIO All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Taking place on a temporary constructed circuit in the parking lot adjacent to the famed hotel, Daniel Formal and Tim Meyer took Leading Edge Motorsports to the top step of the podium in their respective divisions to be crowned ROK the RIO Champions.
After dominating the heat races at the 2018 event only to fall to the second position in the main event, it was sweet revenge for Leading Edge Motorsports driver Daniel Formal in 2019. Taking the OMP Pole Position Award for the second consecutive year, Formal put together a quartet of solid heat race finishes in first, second, first and fourth to secure an outside front row starting position for the weekend’s main event.
Falling to sixth on the start in Championship Saturday’s final, Formal bottled up his emotions and quickly worked his way back to the top-two. As one of the fastest karts on track, Formal stalked the leader making his move on the penultimate lap and never looked back. Driving to the victory, Formal put Leading Edge Motorsports back on the top step of the podium in the forty-two kart strong Shifter ROK division.
Competing in the Master 100cc division, Tim Meyer steadily progressed throughout the race weekend to put in his best drives in when they counted. Consistently in the top-five throughout the heats, Meyer and Leading Edge Motorsports Greg Bell fine-tuned their race package and took the heat four win on Friday afternoon. Starting Saturday’s main event from inside row two and with momentum gained from his heat race win, Meyer drove to the front and claimed the Masters 100cc ROK the RIO Champion by a margin of .260.
“I am really happy and excited for both Danny, Tim and Leading Edge Motorsports,” explained Greg Bell. “We have worked hard throughout the year to perfect our ROK packages and really had to dig deep this weekend. A huge thank you to all involved for helping us make this happen. Additionally, I would like to personally thank Garett Potter and the entire ROK Cup USA staff for the incredible work and tireless effort that they put in behind the scenes to provide a fun and safe event.”
Leading Edge Motorsports driver Casey Moyer showed great speed while in Las Vegas but fell behind in qualifying and was never able to work his way back forward. Pacing sixth quickest in the final Vortex Mini ROK practice before qualifying, Moyer was unable to get a traffic free lap and was mired mid-pack in what could be classified as one of the most important on track sessions of the weekend. Involved in an incident in heat one and using the second wheel-to-wheel action to try and claw his way back into contention, Moyer was a victim of some over aggressive driving and ended his weekend outside the top-20.
Bell added, “I am excited about Casey’s speed and think we have something that we can work with in the future. I think he understands the importance of qualifying and staying out of trouble in these bigger races and if he is able to do that, he will surprise a lot of people.”
The 2019 ROK Cup USA season is now complete but Leading Edge Motorsports is already thinking about 2020. With test and race team opportunities available, Greg Bell and his established Lodi, California based company are ready to serve and have team openings for all events in 2020. For more information on Leading Edge Motorsports and opportunities to join the California based team, please contact Greg Bell at LeadingEdgeGuy@sbcglobal.net or Marissa Bell at LeadingEdgeGirl@yahoo.com or visit them online at www.LeadingEdgeMotorsports.com. Also, please follow Leading Edge Motorsports through their social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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