West Norfolk karting ace drices through the pain barrier
West Norfolk karting ace Aaron Alexander and his AA Racing team raced at the Teesside Autodrome last weekend in round five of the Junior Extreme Pro Kart Championships.
Weather conditions with temperatures of 31.6c in Saturday’s practice didn’t help with the race set up for Sunday.
The youngster qualified fourth for the opening heat, which saw the 14-year-old drive hard to finish in second spot - a result he repated in heat two.
Heat three saw Alexander start second o the grid and within the first couple of laps he took the lead.
Unfortunately, mid-race saw the teenager involved in a heavy collision when he was challenged by the second-placed driver.
The race kart went airborne but landed the right way up, this hurt his ribs and snapped his kart chassis.
Most people would have given up at this point and scrapped the chassis, but the team pulled together, straightened the chassis and welded it together so Alexander could pick up as many championship points as possible by taking his place in the final.
The youngster made his own decision to go out and try to ignore the pain.
He started on grid two (calculated on points earned in the heats) and was forced over the first chicane kerb on the first lap which didn’t help the the problems and dropped to third.
Adrenalin took over the pain in the middle of the race and he managed to finish the final in second position.
Top spot was asking too much of the youngster, but his determination and points saw him maintain his lead at the top of the championship standings.
Alexander thanks his sponsors 24/7 Self Store Kings Lynn, AX Supercars, Lettingsupermarket, Howdens and MKM Building Supplies.
Without their help, he wouldn’t be able to afford to race.
Luckily, Alexander now has a break until the end of July so the team can rebuild the race kart and he can recover fully for round six.
More sponsorship is needed for anyone who might be able to help.
For more information on Alexander, visit his website at: www.aaracing.co.uk
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