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Alfie Garford is taking part in the era Tools British Kart Championship

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Maxey’s Alfie Garford is setting his sights on being the best of British as his new campaign gets under way this weekend.

The 12-year-old will be competing in the Wera Tools British Kart Championship with the first round being staged at the Shenington Kart circuit just down the road from Silverstone.

This will be Alfie’s second year competing in the championship which is where the likes of Formula One stars Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Lando Norris and George Russell have started their careers.

Alfie Garford has joined the Tal-Ko team for the new season. Photo: Stu Stretton Photography
Alfie Garford has joined the Tal-Ko team for the new season. Photo: Stu Stretton Photography

With an average of 500 drivers competing across the different kart categories, this is the biggest karting championship for decades and, with Alfie’s latest form, he is eager to show his racing ability.

He had a competitive year in 2020 and, although it was a rookie first season, he collected some silverware along the way and finished the British Championship in a credible ninth position.

Although by his own admission that wasn’t good enough, he has been chomping at the bit in the off season to get back out there and prove his worth.

He was also approached during the close season by British Championship winning manufacturers
TAL-KO Racing and asked if he would drive and represent the team for the 2021 season.

Tal-Ko boss Alan Turney commented: “We first noticed Alfie in 2020 when he had some stand-out performances throughout the year, along with a positive attitude towards racing so we decided to give him the opportunity to become part of the Tal-Ko family.

“I am looking forward to future success and kart development with Alfie at the wheel.”

Alfie heads into this weekend’s first round in good form after racing two weeks previously at the same track where he was on the front row for the final but set-up changes didn’t quite work and he finished in third place.

This only added to a string of podium positions in the last couple of months at club races.

He has also been placed as number three seed in the class which has given him a boost in confidence and made him ready to fight for the top step in the four-round championship.

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