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Mini ROK rookie Kayde Cornofsky announced his arrival in a new class with a solid outing at the weekend’s inaugural FIA African Karting Cup (AKC). Kayde finished sixth overall after some scintillating driving at Zwartkops Kart Raceway, which saw several drivers from all over Africa compete at the inaugural event.

Not only did Kayde have to overcome the scorching highveld temperatures as a heat wave swept over Gauteng, but he also had to overcome some more experienced and seasoned Mini ROK competitors. After improving throughout Friday’s practice, Kayde qualified his Allegiance Properties-backed CRG in sixth, two-tenths off the leading pace. In race conditions, however, it was somewhat more challenging, and the Xtreme Racing Team driver finished 7th, 8th, 6th and 11th in his respective four heats to claim sixth overall.

“The team did a phenomenal job,” said Cornofsky. “Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get the kart switched on in the early phase of the race. Max (Boshoff) had some incredible pace up front, but after the starts, I got caught up battling the rest. We have some work ahead of the first national in Cape Town, but I am confident that we can be at the front soon. Thank you also to my sponsors for the support.”

Kayde returns to racing on 1-2 March when he makes the trip to Cape Town for the opening national round of the MSA ROK Cup South Africa Championship. Kayde is backed by Allegiance Properties, Cornofsky Attorneys, Calisto’s Portuguese Restaurant, Smith Garage and The 357.

Published by: Motorsport Fanatix

Picture Caption: Kayde Cornofsky

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