Young Yate racer Alfie Gendall dominates championship

October 01 2020
Young Yate racer Alfie Gendall dominates championship

TEENAGE driver Alfie Gendall has moved further ahead in the Junior American Cup Car Racing series after the latest race meeting at the Birmingham Wheels Raceway.

Alfie, from Yate, took advantage of a depleted field, due to illness and mechanical issues, to win both heats 1 and 2 his number 31 car, which meant he had to start the final race from the back.

The final in the round 4 of the series, which took place on September 19, was a long battle between Alfie and Joe Wood in the number 7 car.

At the finish line they were separated by inches, with Alfie (pictured above, in the black and green car) having to settle for second place on this occasion.

But the successful weekend means Alfie has extended his lead in the 2020 championship standings to 74 points over his nearest rival ahead of the next round on October 3.

Alfie is defending the title he won in his debut season last year.

In the previous two rounds, Alfie had claimed a hat-trick of wins.  In  round 3, also in Birmingham, Alfie managed to get to the front and maintain a gap to take the win in both of the heats. 

His main rival in that final was also Joe Wood, with both breaking clear and fighting for the lead until Alfie made the move for first place stick and then built a gap which he held until the chequered flag.

The Junior American Cup Cars are powered by a Honda GX390 engine and are limited to approx 65mph. The series is open to 8 to 15 year olds and is a safe way to introduce children and teenagers to motorsport.

When Alfie's Junior American Cup Car is not racing it can often be seen at local car meets, at Castle Combe Action Days and in the local area, where the team try to encourage other youngsters into motorsport.

Anyone interested in finding out more about competing in the Junior American Cup or sponsoring Alfie's car should email

Words and picture: Jeff Gendall