Hat-trick keeps Yate racer Alfie on top of the standings
YATE teenager Alfie Gendall secured his first ever hat-trick of wins to get the defence of his motorsport title off to a great start.
Alfie took the top step of the podium in the Junior American Cup Car Racing series at the Birmingham Wheels Raceway.
The two heats took place on a dry track in blustery conditions, with Alfie starting from the back of the pack, but he worked his way to the front, getting clear of rival Joe Wood in the number 7 car each time.
As the juniors entered the track on their slick tyres for the final later in the afternoon the heavens opened, making racing much more difficult.
His two wins in the heats meant Alfie started from the back, but by the end of the first lap he had carved his way through to take the lead which he never relinquished to take a win: the first time he has managed to take all three wins in a race meeting.
Alfie said: “The final was really tricky but the car had good grip even on the slick tyres and once I hit the front I was determined to keep it there for the win.
"Getting my first hat trick of wins in a meeting is fantastic, the car was great all day and gave me great confidence coming into the final with the wet track."
Alfie, who became the British Champion in his debut season last year, has now extended his lead in the standings to 35 points, with the next round in September.
The Junior American Cup Cars are powered by a Honda GX390 engine and are limited to approx 65mph.
The series is open to 8-16 year olds and is an alternative to karting.