SUPER ONE SERIES - ROUND 5
In the penultimate round of the Super 1 British Karting Championship, local Cornish driver Alex Quinn, 13, has closed the gap on the championship leader to just one point.
The Coles Racing team driver had a great weekend of testing and racing being fast in practice all weekend. Disaster nearly struck when Alex felt something wasn't quite right with his kart in Timed Qualifying, only to discover that he had a puncture in a rear tyre. He still managed to set a fastest lap in the mid section of the timed session and by the end of qualifying he was 5th overall.
Good weather prevailed in the Oxfordshire countryside and as gliders gracefully flew overhead from the adjacent Shenington airfield, it was all action down on the ground for the heats.
Starting from 5th place on the grid for both heats, Alex got quickly into the lead in the first heat. However, as he did not defend on the second last lap, a train of 3 karts passed Alex and he had to settle for 4th in the race.
Heat 2 was good as he finished 2nd giving him a grid position of 3th in the first final of Sunday race day.
Similar to Formula 1 standing starts, the karts lined up on the start line for the first final of the day which would be run over 15 minutes.
Alex and a Coles team mate got off to a great start and the pair forced a large gap as the jostling drivers behind started to battle for their positions.
With 3 laps left, Alex’s team mate overtook him, but the pair finished 1-2 with over 7 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack.
Final 2 and the Coles duo hoped to repeat their previous result, and after a few laps, Alex got into the lead, but after 11 laps, a Team Strawberry Racing driver split up the leading drivers. By lap 18, the championship leader had now moved into the lead.
Into the closing stages of a nail biting final, Alex retook the lead and battled to stay ahead of his rivals, taking the flag with just 11/100ths of a second to spare. The top 7 drivers crossed the finish line all within 1 second of each other making it one of the closest finishes the championship has seen this year so far.
The final race of this championship goes down to the wire with a straight battle between a Cornishman and a Scotsman! The race will be in September at the PF International circuit in Lincoln.
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