A few minor changes and some determined driving during Round 2 of MSA's National Karting Championship saw Kid ROK rookie Kayde Cornofsky claim a long-awaited and well-deserved podium during the final heat to end his day in fourth overall.
Cornofsky made a chassis change ahead of the Vereeniging Kart Circuit round, opting to run his RS kart (IPK) the weekend, seemingly paying off judging by the youngster's results. With a strong pace throughout Friday's practice sessions, the Johannesburg driver headed into qualifying confident of a good starting position but, like most, was caught out by the wet conditions caused by a late afternoon shower.
Starting in tenth for the opening race, Cornofsky dropped a position on the opening lap before reclaiming the position and then moving up another to finish in ninth. A penalty to a competitor ahead would see Cornofsky inherit eighth. Courtesy of a good lap time in Heat 1, the seven-year-old of Polish descent would start the second heat from fifth on the grid. Moving into the fourth position on Lap 1, Cornofsky briefly slipped back to fifth before reclaiming the fourth place, which he held over the finish line to narrowly miss out on a podium placing. Starting from the third row again, this time in the sixth position, Heat 3 would see Cornofsky claim the best result of his 2022 season. Finishing in third, he moved from sixth to fourth on Lap 4 before passing two more competitors on Lap 7 to take his maiden national podium. The combined results would see Cornofsky finish fourth overall.
"I am happy with my result today," said Cornofsky. "My last few races have been very frustrating, and I asked my dad if we can make some changes. The kart was fast yesterday, but then the rain spoilt my qualifying which made racing more difficult. I had fun racing with my friends and can't wait to do so again."
Kayde Cornofsky extends his thanks to Allegiance Properties, Canario Cornofsky Attorneys, Calisto’s Restaurant, Smith Garage and the Xtreme Racing Team. He will be back on the circuit on June 17-18 for another MSA Northern Regions Regional Kart Championship round.
Published by: Motorsport Fanatix
Picture Caption: Kayde Cornofsky
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