Aaron Alexander in action.Picture: Gordon Welsh Photography.

MOTOR SPORT: Aaron Alexander needed all his skills to come good in the opening round of the 200 Extreme Junior Pro Kart Championship.

The King Edward VII Academy pupil was in action at the Teesside Autodrome under the cameras of YouTube channel Alpha Live.

Things started well with Alexander looking fast in practice on Friday and Saturday on old slick tyres.

But Sunday morning qualifying did not go plan and he managed to qualify in an unexpectedly low ninth position.

The teenager had big set-up problems after fitting new tyres, which had too much grip.

His father Adam quickly made changes for the first heat, bringing a small improvement up to fifth place.

Heat 2 saw Alexander get a good start, finishing the race in second position and by the next race the race kart set-up was perfect for the track conditions, bringing a third-place finish.

The final saw Alexander in some action-packed wheel-to-wheel racing, and he led after the opening laps.

He dropped back to third but on the last lap the determined 13-year-old stormed across the line to take the chequered flag just 0.003 seconds in front of the third placed driver.

A video link to the race action can be found on the www.aaracing.co.uk website.

This weekend, Alexander races at the Shenington circuit in the 200 Extreme Pro Kart Championship.

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