SUPER ONE SERIES - ROUND 6
Alex Quinn finished his debut season in Junior Karting as the Vice-Champion in the Minimax Class, just missing out on the British Championship at the end of a rollercoaster meeting at PF International.
Friday turned out to be a day of mystery, a day of problem after problem culminating in a very unusual lack of pace. This was especially concerning considering how fast Alex was last time at PFI for Kartmasters.
Qualifying arrived on Saturday with the pace issues still occurring, Alex struggling with a lack of power failing to allow him to exploit his full potential in the session, leaving Alex in 24th place for his heats.
With the title on the line, and his rival on pole, Alex pulled out all the stops in his heats with two storming drives through the pack, still appearing to be struggling with some power issues despite improving somewhat.
Alex finished 7th and 4th in the two heats, leaving him starting 4th on the grid for the first of the finals.
Final 1 was a tough affair, Alex being forced down to 7th at half distance before a red flag accident occurred. The race was stopped and then resumed in single file.
Alex managed to fight up the field to 3rd at the end of the race, right on the tail of his championship rival who defended very hard to the line.
The Grand Final was the deciding round, Alex had to win with his rival 9th or lower to be crowned British Champion after the points were tallied up.
A few carb tweaks were made before the final, seeming to cure Alex's previous woes! Alex hit the front early putting distance between himself and his rival, however the situation was moved out of Alex's hands after an incident created a spread in the pack, leaving his rival in championship position.
Alex and former team-mate Oliver York took the fight for the lead into the closing laps of the championship, exchanging places a couple of times in the process.
In the end Alex settled for 2nd, knowing sadly it wasn't enough to bring him the British Title with his main rival finishing behind him on the podium.
Despite the obvious disappointment on missing out on the title, this season has been nothing short of exceptional for Alex!
The original plan was to learn the class this season and challenge for the title in the second year. To become the Vice British Champion in the class, 2nd Overall in Kartmasters and 5th Overall in the Rotax Euro Challenge (in Juniors) in his debut season out of cadets is a huge success story.
It has been a pleasant surprise around Team Quinn:
"At the start of the year if you said to me Alex would be in the top 3 of the championship, I would have definitely taken that. Seeing how well he took to the class, picking up victories along the way is fantastic!" quoted mum Kathryn.
"To see him achieve what he has, essentially a year ahead of schedule is an amazing achievement. I am so proud of what he has done!"
A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO ADRIAN, AND ALL THOSE AT COLES RACING FOR AN AMAZING SEASON!
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