Maxey youngster steps up to British Kart Championships
A delayed start to the 2020 British Kart Championships due to the coronavirus outbreak saw 11-year-old Alfie Garford compete at the weekend.
The Maxey youngster went into the first round at Kimbolton Kart Track in Huntingdon on a high after a fifth and two fourth places in pre-championship meetings.
After a day of testing on Friday, the action got under way on the Saturday with qualifying and two heat races.
Competing in this for the first time, he qualified fifth, just 0.05 of a second off pole.
With good results in the following two heats, he was classified in third position for Sunday’s finals.
This was very impressive considering he was up against the best under-16 drivers in the country, some who have been competing in the British championship for a number of years.
Starting the biggest race of his life so far on the inside third grid, Alfie got sandwiched in on the first corner, and lost some places.
He was soon outside the top 10, and a long way off the front pack, but he put in some qualifying pace laps to reel in and overtake as many karts as he could and made it up to eighth.
Alfie gained fastest lap on the way to eighth place, and was also awarded top rookie.
After the race, he said: “It’s a shame I didn’t get the chance to battle at the front after a bad start as I was confident of a top five finish.
“But we came away with a good haul of points towards the championship and gained some experienced of the challenges of competing at the top level in British karting.”
Round two will be at Fulbeck Kart Club near Grantham on October 9, 10 and 11, where Alfie will be trying to improve on his current seventh place championship position.