Young driver Alfie Gendall is Junior American Cup Car Racing British Champion

November 28 2019
Young driver Alfie Gendall is Junior American Cup Car Racing British Champion

A TEENAGE driver from Yate has won the Junior American Cup Car Racing British Championship in his debut season.

Alfie Gendall, aged 13, was crowned after the final round of races at Swaffham Raceway in Norfolk at the end of October.

After a short practice in the morning, the field lined up for the first heat of the day with Alfie starting on the second row. Although a dry race, the track surface was slippy, so the field was split between drivers on slicks and some on wets. Alfie had a good battle for the lead and in the end was happy with a second place.

Alfie kept his slicks on for the second heat, starting from the back row, but the rain started just as they were lining up. Despite the wet track, he managed to get up to second place and have a close race for first but couldn't quite find a way past.

With two second places in the heats, Alfie started the reverse grid final right at the back. The track was still wet but had a slightly drying line, so his team did something different with the tyres and went with slicks on the inside and wets on the outside. It took a few laps to get the feel of the tyre setup and move through the field but once up to third position, Alfie got his head down and set about catching the leaders. Coming out of the final turn the two frontrunners, who were having a great tussle for the lead, came together and spun. Alfie, who was not far behind them at this stage, managed to miss them and take the lead coming into the last lap and keep it, to take the win in the final and the title of British Champion.

Alfie said: "I am over the moon to take the win in the final and the title of British Champion. In tricky conditions I managed to stay out of trouble and the car behaved, which was great.

"I have loved my first season in Junior ACCR, made some great new friends and been happy with my performances."

Alfie would like to thank his sponsors including Bristol Cameras, Pentax, Nikon and Cleaner Carpets Bristol as well as his family and the Junior ACCR officials.

The Junior ACCR cars are powered by a 390cc Honda engine and are limited in the UK to 60mph. They are designed for girls and boys aged eight to 16 and are a great introduction to motorsport with a full safety roll cage, adjustable suspension, disc brakes and a central driving position.

Alfie is looking for new sponsors to help him fund his racing in 2020: any company interested in having their logo or details on his car should email him at alfiegendallracing@gmail.comor find him on social media.

 

Jeff Gendall