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2019 FWT Miami 1: Sorensen sweeps Mini ROK

The Supertune USA cadet driver made a big statement at Florida Winter Tour Round 1.

Kai Sorensen celebrates his Mini ROK victory at the 2019 Florida Winter Tour Miami
Kai Sorensen did not place a wheel wrong all weekend in Mini ROK Photo: Johnny Johnson / Kart360

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.

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Sunday brings wild set of finals to Stars and Stripes Open

Unpredictability was the theme for the final day of racing in Pittsburgh.

Luca Mars enters turn 3 at pitt international race complex
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Qualifying heats wrap in Pennsylvania

Drivers compete in 15 qualifying heats, setting the grid for Sunday.

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2019 Stars and Stripes Open: What to watch for

The race formerly known as Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals returns to the Northeast.

Arthur Leist celebrates
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2019 ROK Fest Biloxi: Finals Report

Many charges to the front highlight the final day in Biloxi.

Dale Curran
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2019 ROK Fest Biloxi: Heat Race Report

Heat, humidity, and rain gave competitors all they could handle on Saturday.

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2019 ROK Fest Biloxi: Qualifying report

Drivers find their spots on grid in the Mississippi heat.

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ROK Festival Biloxi: What to watch for

New facility brings new energy to karting event yards from the beach.

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Stars and Stripes Trophy: Norberg, Pierson, Adams lead the way on Sunday

Four new drivers invited to the Grand Finals in Italy to represent the USA, Canada, and Belgium.

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Stars and Stripes Trophy: Qualifying and heat racing in the books in Utah

Morning dampness gave way to sunshine and intensified racing in the afternoon.

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2019 Stars and Stripes Trophy: What to watch for

J3 finally gets to showcase their event organization and the Senior MAX lineup looks to be stellar.

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Florida Winter Tour Round 3 Championship Report

Incredibly close points championship races highlight the final day of competition.

Diego Ramos
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Florida Winter Tour Round 3 Pre-Finals Report

Ramirez, Ramos, Arsenau, Sorensen, and more prove to be the best on a long but important Saturday of racing in Ocala.