Yate racer Alfie Gendall extends his championship lead
TEENAGE racer Alfie Gendall took another step closer to clinching back-to-back Junior American Cup Car Racing championships after a convincing performance in round 6 at the Birmingham Wheels Raceway.
The round saw the final taking place under floodlights for the first time.
Alfie took the chequered flag in heat 1 but was demoted to 3rd after touching the car in front. Heat 2 was a good battle at the front between Alfie and the number 7 car, with Alfie taking the lead half way through the race with a nice move around the outside of the first turn and maintaining a gap to take the victory.
The final under the floodlights saw Alfie come through the pack early on in the race to take victory, with the number 32 of Lara Spicer taking second.
Alfie said: “The racing was good fun as usual, and great to get two more race victories and a nice lot of points to extend my lead in the championship.
"I am really looking forward to the next round at Buxton Raceway.”
Alfie has extended his lead to 90 points, with three rounds left.
The dry conditions for round six contrasted wildly with round 5, held as storm Alex gripped the UK, testing the driving skills of the young racers.
Racing with their wet tyres on for the first time this season, all the drivers showed great control to showcase some fantastic racing in the heats and final.
Due to his lead in the championship Alfie started the heats on the back row and managed to work through the field to take second place in heat 1 and a first in heat 2.
The rain kept coming all day and, heading into the final, the youngsters had several large pools of water on the inside of the track to contend with: especially tricky for miniature racers with no windscreens.
Alfie came away from the final with a second place he was pleased with, given the conditions.
The Junior American Cup Cars are powered by a Honda GX390 engine and are limited to approx 65mph.
The series is open to young racers aged eight to 15, and is a very safe way to introduce children and teenagers to motorsport.
Second-hand cars are available to buy and hire so anyone who is interested in joining Alfie on the grid can contact the team via firstname.lastname@example.org or on their social media channels for more details.
Article and picture of Alfie racing in the rain by Jeff Gendall