Alfie Garford is competing this weekend in the Motorsport UK-accredited British Championships at Kimbolton Kart Club
Maxey karting ace Alfie Garford has set his sights on a top 10 finish when the Motorsport UK-accredited British Championships start this weekend.
The 11-year-old has produced a series of strong performances in the lead up to the opening round of the showpiece event at Kimbolton Kart Club.
He has claimed four trophy position spots from his seven races so far this term after his earlier-than-expected move up to the Junior TKM class.
Alfie has been racing since he was eight-years-old and made an immediate impact by winning all his first six novice races in the cadet class.
He then furthered his progress by becoming vice-cadet champion at Huntingdon Kart Racing Club and held a strong position in the Whilton Mill Club Championship in Northampton until he was forced to miss the final three rounds.
His rise into the junior category (11-15 years) has come a year earlier than most would normally make the step up.
But he goes into this weekend’s British Championship opener on the back of an impressive performance last month in the rescheduled Spring Cup at Fulbeck Kart Club.
Alfie had already claimed fourth and fifth place finishes in previous meetings in the Midlands and had targeted a podium spot at Fulbeck.
Every front-running driver had decided to enter the Fulbeck event with some important meetings ahead.
Alfie went straight into the race day after missing two days of practice, but managed to scaramble fifth place in his opening outing.
The drivers were then greeted by torrential rain for their next race, but Alfie mastered the conditions to hang onto the early leaders.
Despite the leading pack beginning to pull away as the race wore on, the third-placed driver crashed out which allowed Alfie to cement his place among the front-runners with a fourth place finish.
He had taken fifth spot overall in a previous outing at the Shenington Kart Club Championship in Banbury, Oxfordshire.
After making some crucial changes to the set-up of his kart, Alfie improved through the heats for a fifth place grid position in the final.
A flying start propelled him into third spot but, after two laps, a problem with his engine dropped him back to fifth as he was lacking straight line speed.
Alfie managed to get into the slipstream of the third and fourth-placed drivers to counteract the lack of power and, as they closed on the leading two, he crossed the line just 0.45 seconds behind the winners.
He had achieved his best result to date in the junior TKM class at Kimbolton earlier last month.
The heats went well with an improvement on his grid position each time for fifth place on the 34-strong grid for the final.
He moved into fourth place after another strong start and then took third spot a lap later to set the leaders in his sights with 12 laps still remaining.
Alfie closed the gap on the front two over the next five laps and then made his move again with just two circuits remaining.
He finally got his nose in front which kicked off an almighty scrap for the lead between the four drivers which in turn gave fifth and sixth a chance to bring themselves into play.
With the drivers trading places corner by corner for the final two laps, Aflie crossed the line in fourth spot just 0.5 seconds behind the winner.