Inaugural ROK Cup New Zealand Vortex Mini ROK class winner William Exton and runner-up Jackson Rooney are set to join New Zealand champions Breanna Morris (2016) and Joshua Parkinson (2015) on a four-strong Kiwi squad at thisMini Rok Exton and Rooney (2).jpg year's ROK Cup International meeting in Italy in October.

Morris guaranteed her spot when she won the class title at this year's Giltrap Group-backed KartSport New Zealand Sprint Championships meeting in Hamilton at Easter. 

Picton driver Exton, and Rooney, from Palmerston North, earned theirs when they finished first and second respectively in the overall series points standings in the class at the final round of the 2016 ROK Cup New Zealand series (held in conjunction with the Todd Energy KartSport NZ National Schools' Championships meeting at Waitara) in Taranaki over the weekend.

The ROK Cup International is one of the biggest manufacturer-backed events on the international calendar and this year it is expected to attract over 360 karters from more than 20 countries around the globe to the Lonato kart track in Italy from the 19th to the 22nd of October.16Rok Cup - Vortex Mini Rok podium_edited-1.jpg

New Zealand has been represented at the past two ROK Cup International Finals; by Ryan Wood from Wellington in 2014 and Billy Frazer from Pukekohe in 2015.

This year there will be four Kiwis competing at the event, Morris, Exton and Rooney in the Vortex Mini ROK class (for 9-13 yr olds), and Auckland's Joshua Parkinson (the 2015 NZ Vortex Mini ROK class champion) in Junior ROK.

Vortex is a leading manufacturer of kart engines in Italy and ROK Cup New Zealand and series' promoter Maurice Frost of New Zealand Vortex engine importer Supreme Engines says that the experience the young Kiwi foursome will get at the ROK Cup International event will only be good for them, and the sport here when they come home.

As part of their prize packs the four Kiwis get accommodation and lunches while they are there for the event, free eventCadet Rok Cup Bell (2).jpg entry, the use of a new kart and engine, free race tyres and paddock space including tent. Other trip costs will also be subsidised by a fund set up by KartSport New Zealand and the official oil supplier for the Vortex Mini ROK engine classes, Motul.

2016 ROK Cup Vortex Mini ROK class winner William Exton also receives a $2500 travel voucher bonus presented by the NZ ROK Cup promoter, Supreme Engines.

The winner of the Cadet ROK class (for 6-11 yr olds) in the inaugural ROK Cup New Zealand series, Ryan Bell from the Bay of Plenty, also won a substantial prize, a brand new Vortex engine worth $3000.

2016 ROK Cup New Zealand

Vortex Mini ROK Points after Rnd 4 of 416Rok Cup - Cadet Rok podium_edited-1.jpg
1. William Exton 194 points
2. Jackson Rooney 190
3. Thomas Boniface 183
4. Ryan Crombie 174
5. Louis Redshaw 168
6. Josh Richmond 165

Cadet ROK Points after Rnd 4 of 4
1. Ryan Bell 188 points
2. Mason Potter 186
3. Logan Manson 184
4. Louis Sharp 183
5. Bo Hill 181
6. Liam Sceats 132

CAPTIONS: Inaugural ROK Cup of New Zealand Vortex Mini ROK class winner William Exton (#2) and title rival Jackson Rooney (#30) in action and sharing the final series podium with third placed Thomas Boniface (left). And Cadet ROK class series winner Ryan Bell (#97) in action and sharing the series podium with Logan Manson (left) and Mason Potter (right). . Photo credit (action shots) Fast Company/Vicky Jack. Photo credit (podiums) Fast Company/Campbell Jamieson

2016 ROK Cup New Zealand
Rnd 1: Sulphur City Sprint Rotorua Feb 13-14
Rnd 2: NZ Sprint Champs Hamilton Mar 25-27
Rnd 3 Option 1: WPKA Championships Taranaki June 04-05
Rnd 3 Option 2: Sunbelt Series Nelson/Blenheim June 04-05
Rnd 4 NZ Schools Champs Taranaki Jul 16-17


Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about the 2016 ROK Cup New Zealand contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at 

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