Yate driver Alfie Gendall wins his debut race
ALFIE Gendall has started his racing career as he means to go on, with a win in his first ever race.
The 13-year-old from Yate, above centre, competed in his first JASCAR (Junior American Stock Car Racing) race weekend on August 17-18 at the Cowdenbeath Racewall circuit in Scotland.
The JASCAR race series was supporting the 2019 Saloon Stock Car Championship of the World race event in front of a large crowd, providing some fantastic racing in some very changeable and tricky conditions.
Alfie's first race was on a dry track and on slicks, he made it to the front of the field and stayed there until the chequered flag.
He said: "It felt amazing to win my first race. I was only hoping to get onto the podium during my first race weekend and was elated to come away with a win."
Alfie went onto pick up his second victory under the floodlights in the third race later that evening, and a second place finish in a very wet fifth race on the Sunday. His strong finishing in the first 5 races meant he started the final in pole position but a mechanical issue meant he had to retire early in the race.
Despite this Alfie was pleased with his achievements during the weekend.
He said: "To come away from my first race weekend with two first places and a second place exceeded my expectations.
"I have learnt a lot about racing in different track conditions and made some great new friends.
"I am now looking forward to the next race meeting at Lydden Hill in September.
"I would like to thank my sponsors including Bristol Cameras, Pentax and Cleaner Carpets Bristol, as well as the JASCAR officials and my family, for making the long journey to Scotland worthwhile."
JASCARs are built in the USA and are half scale NASCAR cars, powered by a 390cc Honda engine and are limited in the UK to 60mph.
They are designed for girls and boys aged eight to sixteen and are a great introduction to motorsport with a full safety roll cage, adjustable suspension, disc brakes and a central driving position.
Alfie is always looking for new sponsors to help him fund his racing: any company interested in having their logo or details on his car should email firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on social media.
Picture: Jeff Gendall