MOTORSPORT: West Norfolk racer Aaron Alexander and his AA Racing team had to dig deeper than ever in a controversial 200cc Extreme Junior Pro-Kart Championship meeting at Shenington.
The 13-year-old King Edward VII Academy pupil had to overcome a brake failure, complaints about his tyres and a protest about his engines on his way to taking the chequered flag at the Oxfordshire circuit
Things had started well for Alexander and his dad, Adam, as they got the perfect set-up in Saturday’s practice.
Sunday saw Alexander earn pole position in qualifying for the first race.
However, that is when things started to go awry.
Alexander was leading the race when his brakes failed. He managed to stop the race kart safely and get it back to the pits but did not score any points as he failed to finish.
That meant he had to start from the back in Heat 2. That did not faze the youngster and a good start saw him pass every other driver on his way to victory.
But that scintillating drive drew complaints from other competitors and support teams, claiming Alexander was using illegal tyres. To diffuse the situation, race organisers made the AA Racing team use controlled tyres, supplied by the circuit, for the rest of the day.
But that made no difference to Alexander’s form and again he raced from the back of the pack to win by 7.8 seconds.
Start positions for the final were based on results from all three races so Alexander found himself in the middle of the grid, in eighth place.
Within five laps the talented West Norfolk driver was in first place, going on to earn top step on the podium again.
Unfortunately, new complaints saw the organisers take away Alexander’s engines for testing but engineers’ results received on Tuesday showed they were perfectly legal.