In a category that often times comes with multiple weekend winners and races down to the final corner, it makes it that much more impressive when a weekend belongs to a single driver. This weekend belonged to Kai Sorensen (Supertune USA / Tony Kart) from Lodi, California. After posting fast time on Friday, the 2018 Mini ROK Vice Champion went on to leave no doubt he’s here to take the championship and earn his place on ROK Cup Team USA in Italy in October.
Perhaps as impressive as Sorensen’s drive out front, Jack Jeffers (Orsolon Racing / Benik) made it all the way to second place after a qualifying run in 27th. Passing 49 karts in 21 laps of heat racing, Jeffers started the Final in 9th before making his way to the second step on the podium. The Texan can now only wonder what could have been if the gremlins didn’t find him in qualifying or a cancelled pre-final that could have propelled him even further up the grid to start the final.
Nikita Johnson (AKT / Energy) and Miguel Costa (MC Racing / Parolin), third and fourth, were two other favorites coming into the weekend who may have just missed the mark with their expectations as they had hopes of a win to start the year. Caleb Gafrarar (PSL / Birel ART), in his first Mini ROK start for PSL Karting, battled from 15th to 5th and turned in the third fastest lap of the final.