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Super 1 British Championship.............................. VICE BRITISH CHAMPION
Rotax Max Euro Challenge ...................................5th overall in RotaxMax Euro Challenge (Final Result)
 
 
VOTE FOR ALEX QUINN - TEENAGE BRITISH RACING DRIVER 2014

Motors TV presenter and editor of Downforce Radio, Jake Sanson has launched a search for a teenage British Racing Driver aged between 13 and 19 who has the skill, the talent and the will to win at circuits such as Monaco, Le Mans or indeed Indianopolis in the future.

 

Alex has already been nominated, but the nation is being given the chance to vote (highest number of nominations) to award the winner the highest honour at the end of season Downforce Radio Awards.

 

Anyone who voted before 1 August 2014 needs to VOTE AGAIN as votes before this date where to nominate Alex to the shortlist of 30 drivers.   Please resend your email to

jake@downforce-radio.co.uk

Closing date is 10 December 2014............ALEX NEEDS YOUR VOTES....THANK YOU 

 
NEW
 
2014 - ALEX CROWNED VICE BRITISH KARTING CHAMPION
 
 
         
 
 Alex has been crowned VICE BRITISH CHAMPION in the Super One British Championship.   Race Report to follow and TV Coverage of the final race of the year will be shown on Motors TV in 3 weeks time.
 
 
 
 
       www.luckydesign.it
 
 
Alex is pleased to be supported by Lucky Design and was totally surprised when he received a bespoke painted helmet for his debut World KFJ Finals at Essay, France.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CIKFIA WORLD KARTING CHAMPIONSHIPS... ESSAY, FRANCE
 
 
 
Alex had one of his best ever races in PreFinal 1 of the World Karting Championship finishing 4th overall.  Click on the link below to watch the exciting race.  Detailed race report to follow.
 
 
 

Alex Quinn, had been selected by CRG to race in the premier junior karting category, KF Junior (KFJ) for the World Karting Championships. 

In only his second weekend on KFJ equipment, Alex was well and truly tested against the finest drivers in the class. With assistance from a Jordan Lennox-Lamb, a KZ2 World Champion and one of British kartings Elite Drivers,  Alex got up to speed in testing, posting strong times and knocking on the door of the regular pace-setters.


Qualifying took place with 89 competitors in total, requiring the need for 4 separate sessions, Alex qualified 40th overall. The deficit to pole was only 0.4s, but times were all very close across the board!

Alex achieved 10th, 16th, 14th, 14th and 11th in his heats, in some frantic on track action across the 1200m French Circuit. This left Alex 35th in the overall classification after the heats.

With the Pre-Finals split into two groups, only the Top 17 in each would qualify for the Grand Final. Alex started his Pre-Final from 18th.

On a drying track Alex managed to fight through the pack in what became a storming drive up to 4th place! Setting consecutive fastest laps, he caught the leading pack in the fight for 2nd with a lap to go. They remained in those positions at the flag, Alex qualifying for the Grand Final of the World Karting Championships at his first attempt.

The Grand Final, saw Alex start in 7th, one place ahead of Michael Schumacher's son Mick Junior.

Sadly Alex's fairy tale World Championship was hit by a loss of power traced to a failing carb. A gutting end to it all, but after the amazing performance in the Pre-Final, Team Quinn were still very much on a high!
 



CRG PRESS RELEASE : EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE BY QUINN IN KF JUNIOR

In KF Junior, the very young Alex Quinn stunned everyone putting in a series of amazing and always positive results after finding the right setup.

Following the 40th time in qualifying, he was 35th after the heats and then the young Quinn managed to complete a great recover in the wet Pre-Final where he finished fourth!



A technical problem in the Final, probably to the carburetor, slowed down Quinn since the first lap and then made him retire from the race."
 



Alex would like to specially thank CRG, Euan Jeffery, mechanic Kyle Moore and Jordan Lennox-Lamb for all their help, experience and expertise over this weekend, and for the amazing opportunity supplied at the World Champs.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
TELEVISION COVERAGE FROM ROUND 4, FINAL ROUND OF ROTAXMAX EURO CHALLENGE, FRANCE
Click on link below to watch a very exciting race........
 
 
ALEX QUINN RACING is very pleased to welcome new partner DAIRY CREST.
The Davidstow factory is located close to where Alex lives and is a leading British Dairy Company processing and selling milk and dairy products in UK and Europe.
 
Dairy Crest is famous for Cathedral City cheese which is the nation's favourite cheese brand and its mature taste and mellow creaminess is enjoyed by adults and kids in 1 in 3 UK homes.
 
Davidstow Cheese is produced at the local factory with 60 years of dedication and learning to perfect the art of cheese making.   Davidstow cheese is produced from milk supplied by local Cornish farmers.
 
More information can be found on www.dairycrest.co.uk
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex closes the gap in major Karting Championship Title - Round 5 Rotax Super One - Shenington

 

In the penultimate round of the Super 1 British Karting Championship, local Cornish driver Alex Quinn, aged 13 has closed the gap on the championship leader to just one point.

 

In a nail biting final, Alex battled to stay ahead of his rival and took the flag with just 11/100ths of a second to spare.  In fact the top 7 drivers crossed the finish line all within 1 second of each other making it one of the closest finishes the championship has seen this year so far.

 

The Coles Racing team driver had a great weekend of testing and racing being fast in practice all weekend.   Disaster nearly struck when Alex felt something wasn’t quite right with his kart in Timed Qualifying, only to discover that he had a puncture in a rear tyre.   He still managed to set a fastest lap in the mid section of the timed session and by the end of qualifying he was  5th overall.

 

Good weather prevailed in the Oxfordshire countryside and as gliders gracefully flew overhead from the adjacent Shenington airfield, it was all action down on the ground for the heats.  Starting from 5th place on the grid for both heats, Alex got quickly into the lead in the first heat.  However, as he did not defend on the second last lap, a train of 3 karts passed Alex and he had to settle for 4th in the race.   Second heat was good and he finished 2nd giving him a grid position of 3rd in the first final of Sunday race day.

 

Similar to Formula 1 standing starts, the karts lined up on the start line for the first final of the day which would be run over 15 minutes.   Alex and a Coles team mate got off to a great start and the pair forced a large gap as the jostling drivers behind started to battle for their positions.  With 3 laps left, Alex’s team mate overtook him, but the pair finished 1-2 with over 7 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack.

 

Final 2 and the Coles duo hoped to repeat their previous result, and after a few laps, Alex got into the lead, but after 11 laps, a Team Strawberry Racing driver split up the leading drivers.  By lap 18, the championship leader had now moved into the lead.   Alex fought back and got the lead in the final stages of the race to secure much needed championship points.

 

The final race of this championship goes down to the wire with a straight battle between a Cornishman and a Scotsman!   The race will be in September at the PF International circuit in Lincoln.

 
 
 
 
TELEVISION COVERAGE OF ROUND 3 OF SUPER 1 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Click on this link to watch the exciting Round 3 coverage of the Final together with an interview with Alex at the start of the broadcast
 
 

SUPER 1 BRITISH KARTING CHAMPIONSHIPS ROTAX & CADET SERIES RD 3 : LARKHALL
Monday 28 July - 19:25

Rotax and Cadet Series: Featuring the most popular one make engine classes in UK Karting. Rd 3 in Larkhall.

Next broadcast:
Monday 28 July - 21:15,
Tuesday 29 July - 11:20,
Tuesday 29 July - 15:15,
Wednesday 30 July - 1:15,
Wednesday 30 July - 2:20,
Thursday 31 July - 6:25,
Monday 04 August - 2:15,
Monday 04 August - 2:25,
Monday 18 August - 7:00
 
 
***********VOTE FOR ALEX QUINN***********
 
Motors TV presenter and editor of Downforce Radio, Jake Sanson has launched a search for a talented British Racing Driver aged between 13 and 19 years who has the skill, the talent and the will to win at circuits such as Monaco, Le Mans or Indianopolis.
 
Alex has already been nominated for this award, but needs public votes!!!  The nation is being given the chance to award the top teenage driver in the country (through highest number of nominations) the highest honour at the end of season Downforce Radio Awards.
 
Simply, send your nomination - 'My vote is for Alex Quinn' by email to
 
jake@downforce-radio.co.uk     Voting official starts on 1 August 2014
 
You can add remarks to your nomination if you wish (though not required) and below is a few snippets of what other voters who copied me in on their email have said:-
 
 

“The kid has achieved so much on a much lower budget than most of his rivals. He 2nd overall in his first year of the British Championship in Minimax, 5th overall in his first season in the Junior Max European Championship currently, and already a Super One British Championship race winner just turning 13.

 

Up to now nationally, he has been twice Vice-British Champion in the Comer and Iame Cadet classes respectively in 2013, and becoming champion of the massively competitive Little Green Man Cadet National Championship again in 2013.

 

The kid is a massive talent  that if given the support to be in the largest of teams, will deliver massive amounts ! On a fraction of the budget that Dean MacDonald has (with Dean also being in the largest Rotax team in Europe), Quinn is right up their with him in the standings, and it is usually between them two for the wins in the UK.

 

You wont find a more respectful kid, who is an ideal person to become the face of British Motorsport, who aswell as being very quick, is also a quality example to any younger driver interested in the sport.”

 

 

'Following Alex Quinn for some time already, he manages to amaze me time after time. It is amazing what this young guy is achieving on his age, so yes, Alex Quinn is the one to be teenage British Racing Driver, with limited sponsoring, not buying success, but racing to the limit with the best strategy is his success.

 

Hope to see him win more in Europe and the world to follow.'

 

 
 
 
 
   Alex denied a podium spot at the third round of the Super One British Championships
 
                               
Photo courtesy of Kartpix
 
 

Team Quinn made the long journey to the Scottish track, just south of Glasgow knowing that championship leader, no 11 would be hard competition this weekend as this was his home track.   Alex had a good test day ahead of qualifying on the Saturday.   The weather was the talking point of the weekend and luckily Timed Qualifying and the two heats on the Saturday were held in dry weather.

 

The number of entries for the Minimax grid had reduced from the previous rounds and only one qualifying group was held for the 29 registered drivers.   Five minutes was not very long to get a good fast lap in and Alex and a group of other drivers held back before setting out to qualify.   In the opening lap, Alex and driver no 11 played cat and mouse and swapped places several times.  Early into the session, another driver crashed into the plastic barriers and officials displayed the battenburg flag which means all drivers proceed at a steady pace in single file behind ‘the leader’  The only problem was, no one knew who the leader was.  Once the flag was withdrawn and as the clock ticked down, Alex strategically placed himself in a good position with just enough gap behind a driver in front and chased the pack down and secured third fastest time, with 0.33 seconds splitting the top three.

 

Heat 1 and Alex got a clean start and maintained his third position with the front 3 extending a healthy gap over the rest of the pack.  In the closing laps of the race, Alex seized the opportunity to overtake driver no 21 to move into 2nd place which he held till the flag, with driver 11, Scottish driver taking the race win.   Heat 2 was an almost repeat performance giving Alex another 2nd place which would grid him in 2nd place for the first final the next day.

 

Parc Ferme gates opened ahead of the first final and the skies looked very very dark, but no rain had as yet fallen.  The driver and mechanic have 20 minutes in parc ferme to make final adjustments to the kart and select their race tyres for the 15 minute final.  All mechanics were holding back to the last possible moment and with only 2 minutes left to go in parc ferme and still no rain, a mad panic ensued to get slick tyres on and pass through the gates to the grid.  2 drivers out of the 29 opted for wet tyres.

As the drivers assembled on the grid, the skies opened and torrential rain fell.  Initially officials advised that the race would start on the chosen tyres, but on safety grounds, the decision was made to allow tyres to be changed to wet tyres in 5 minutes.  As this was the only change allowed, it would be interesting to see how karts behaved with a dry set up on a flooded track.

 

Alex set off from grid 2 spot and got into the lead.  He commanded this race, amazing onlookers with setting fastest lap and with home driver no 11 behind not really able to break the lead that Alex had.  Alex took the flag putting him on pole position for the main final.

 

The sun came out and the weather dramatically changed giving a dry set up for the main final.  The opening laps of the final looked like hard work to Alex and unfortunately he got squeezed and dropped many places.  However, undeterred, he fought his way back up the grid and with 3 laps to go Alex had got into 3rd place and was setting the fastest lap of the race.   On a mission to reach the two leaders, disaster struck when kart no 21 hit Alex in the rear of the kart, forcing him wide and dropping Alex to finish in 7th place.  After a judicial hearing, kart no 21 was deemed with camera evidence to have gained an unfair advantage over Alex and was demoted from his 2nd place finish to 8th.   Unfortunately, it denied Alex a podium finish, but more upsetting was denying Alex valuable points.  With this result, driver no 11 has extended his lead in the championship by 16 points.  Alex still holds a healthy lead over the third place championship contender.

 
YouTube
Super 1 TV Productions looks forward to this weekend's Rotax Super 1 at Larkhall, Scotland
Click on the link below (and fast forward to 6mins for the link to Alex - pressure is ON)
 
 
 
 
 
CORNWALL CHANNEL TV
Monday 16 June at 9pm - Alex was interviewed for a programme on the Royal Cornwall Show to be aired tonight on
 
SKY 212 or FREESAT 401
 
Watch the link below to see Alex's interview - 8.36minutes into the broadcast
 
 
Great feedback on Alex's interview following broadcast and after 24 hours, the show has been viewed online 3498 times on www.cornwallchannel.co.uk
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Round 2 of the Super One British Championship......Click on the link below to watch the TV coverage of this exciting race.
 
 
 
 
Also:
Television coverage of the Final of Round 2 of the Rotax Max Euro Challenge in Castelletto, Italy (rgmmc.com)
 
 
Alex starts this final off grid 7 and is no 36.
 
 
 
 
 
 
ROYAL CORNWALL SHOW - 5-7 JUNE 2014
 
Icing on the cake on Final day of Royal Cornwall Show, when Alex was filmed by the increasingly popular Sky Cornwall Channel TV programme to be aired on Monday 16 June at 9pm (Sky 212).
 
Big thanks to Watson Fuels for inviting Alex to showcase his karts on their stand.   Thanks too to Ash Waller of Tippers Classic and Vintage Number Plates and Mark and Rachael Quinn of Harlequinns Leisure for visiting and supporting Alex at the show.    Also, thanks to the incredible number of friends and visitors who visited the stand and wished Alex well with his racing.
 
               
Alex being interviewed by Presenter, Shane and filmed by Ed.   Thank you cornwallchannel.co.uk
 
 
Super first day at the Royal Cornwall Show.  Met some great people and many many people showed great interest in the karts on display.    Thanks to everyone who wished Alex well with his racing.  We really do appreciate it and are humbled by the compliments paid by so many visitors.  Looking forward to tomorrow when Cornwall Channel TV are coming to film Alex!
 
                            
Royal Cornwall Show 2014
 
  Alex has been, once again, invited to showcase his karts on the stand of his sponsor partner, Watson Fuels at this year's prestigious Royal Cornwall Show.   Paul Hider of Keltic Fuel Oils, Launceston invited Alex as his karts had been an attraction to the public at last year's event and he is so pleased that Watson Fuels are able to help and support Alexquinnracing.   Alex will attend the show after school on Thursday and Friday and will be there all day Saturday.   He will have his championship winning Cadet kart on display together with his current Minimax racing kart.   Kids will be able to sit in his cadet kart for photographs and view some of his Championship winning trophies too.   Just hoping for good weather !!
 
                                   
 
Alex with Paul Hider of Keltic Fuel Oils at last year's show                                
 
 
 
 
ROUND 2 ROTAX MAX EURO CHALLENGE - CASTELLETTO, ITALY
 

Top 10 result for Alex in his first visit to the Castelletto track in Italy for round 2 of the Euromax Championship. Racing amidst a field of the very best kart drivers from all over the world, the grid comprised 61 Juniors of which 11 drivers represented the UK. 

 

The weekend before was troubled with Alex's dad suffering badly with a serious tooth infection, however Alex used every minute of track time to learn the circuit and test equipment.

 

Friday saw Timed Qualifying and the Junior drivers were split into 2 groups, Alex was in the second group which previously had seen better times when running in 2 practise groups.  However track conditions changed and with the exception of favourite, no 8, all went slower in the second group.  Unfortunately, Alex didn't manage to qualify too well with just not being in the right place for the optimum small qualifying window.  He qualified on grid 18 for each of his 3 heats.

 

Outside of the grid for the three heats would be a challenge for Alex as he needed to get to the inside for working his way up the pack.  His heat results were 13th, 12th and 4th overall.  Having good pace and a terrific third heat result elevated Alex into the main finals avoiding the dreaded Second chance heats.

 

Escaping the second chance heats, Alex supported 2 team drivers in the repercharge who were successful in getting into the top 6 to get qualification to the finals.  At this point a disappointed and some unlucky 23 drivers had to go home.

 

On a very hot sunny Sunday afternoon, the final 34 drivers set off for the Prefinal. Alex being on the inside benefited from a great start and during the course of the race worked his way through to near the front.  Getting into 4th towards the end, a frantic exchange developed on the last few corners and Alex dropped to 7th.

 

Happy once again to be on the inside for the start, Alex held on at the start and got a good start.  He had chosen to use his new tyres for the Prefinal and so was the highest driver on used tyres for the main event.  Getting stuck in, Alex fought for his position and managed to achieve a creditable 10th place.

 

Now at the midpoint of the Championship, Alex is lying in 5th place out of 61 Drivers in this his inaugural year in Junior Max.

 

Alex was interviewed live on rgmmc.com internet TV streaming on the grid before the final and said he was really enjoying going to different tracks in Europe and learning these new circuits.  Viewers to www.rgmmc.com totalled over 55000 viewers online.  Alex takes this opportunity to thank his sponsor partners and in particular Total Rail Solutions for their help with the European events.

 
 
 
 
      QUINN BOUNCES BACK WITH DOUBLE WIN AT BUCKMORE 
 
Round 2 of the Super One British Championship saw Alex bounce back from the disappointment at Round 1 at Rowrah in the Lake District.
 
Judicial proceedings at Round 1 involving Alex and driver No 88 delayed the report for this round and regrettably despite a very detailed report by an expert track official, on board camera evidence was deemed non conclusive and the incident was reported officially as a racing incident.   
 
Alex had a good run up to the main final on the Sunday starting on P3 of the grid behind team driver Sam.  During the race, the lead changed several times, with Alex getting into the lead, but then losing it again.  Towards the latter stages of the race, kart no 11 got ahead and was given the opportunity to race to the flag as Sam started defending against Alex and the other drivers who were storming towards the Coles pair.
 
On the last lap, as Alex tried to find a gap past Sam, Alex was shunted by the kart behind him (no 88) and was forced wide at the first hairpin losing one place and kart no 88 appeared to gain an unfair advantage.  Luckily Alex regained control back onto the track and accelerated towards the next hairpin, successfully getting the cutback.   Alex was able to get alongside driver no 88 and as the clerk reported, driver no 88 looked across and proceeded to drive Alex off the track.   With 2 wheels off the track in the mud, Alex was forced to yield and he was then thrown into a 180 spin.  As fast as he could, Alex got back on track to finish a very disappointing 11th overall.  The Clerk of the Course later reported that kart no 33 had in fact pushed into kart no 88 at the first hairpin and camera evidence showed that there was no apparent gap for Alex to move up the inside of kart no 88 following the second hairpin.   Super 1 TV Productions caught all the action and this can be viewed in the link below:-
 
 
Race footage of Final 2, Round 1 Super 1, Rowrah
 
In the introduction to this programme, Alan Taddei reported Alex as definitely going to be one to challenge for the title in Minimax this year.  You can watch this snippet (7.16mins into the following link)
 
 
Round 2 was held in glorious sunshine at the Kent circuit of Buckmore Park and Alex bounced back with double wins in the two main finals 
 
            
A nerve wracking qualifying looked ominous as Alex was only achieving times outside of the top 10 in his group as the 5 minute clock ticked down. With less than a minute to go Alex carefully and methodically positioned himself on the track to achieve a pole setting time on the last lap bringing sighs of relief to the team.  Being in the first timed qualifying group, it was only to be expected that in the conditions, the second group would be faster and Alex had to settle for 5th quickest time when amalgamated together.
 
Getting good starts in the newly introduced Standing starts, Alex made good progress in his two heats finishing 4th and 2nd overall.
 
Final 1 and Alex started on P3 and looked in control in the race taking the flag in first position securing the all important pole position for the main final.
 
In Final 2, Alex commanded his lead at the start and though losing it several times during the race, he never lost faith and charged back at the lead throughout the hot 15 minute final.   Jostling behind him several drivers gave Alex and the O plate winner a little breathing space and in the closing laps of the race, Alex extended his lead to allow him to drive undefensively to take a much earned and well deserved victory.    Alex now closes the gap on favourite No 11 to just 8 points and Alex now lies 2nd overall in the championship.  Alex takes the opportunity to thank his partners, M&J Builders, Harlequinns Leisure, Tippers Classic Number Plates, Watson Fuels, North Coast Commercials, FreeM UK and MDM Designs for their continued support.   Coles Team boss, Adrian Coles was overjoyed with Alex's result this weekend putting him back in contention.
 
            
 
The exciting race was filmed by Super 1 TV Productions and will be shown in 3 weeks time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
********NEW SPONSOR ANNOUNCED FOR SUPER ONE CHAMPIONSHIP********
 
Alex Quinn Racing is pleased to announce that M & J Builders are sponsoring Alex in the forthcoming Super One British Championship.
 
                                         
 
M & J Builders Bude work in both the commercial and residential fields and can cater for all projects, ranging from developments and large-scale manufacturing construction to smaller-scale domestic renovations, conversions and extensions.  They particularly specialise in creating bespoke ground-up builds and re-modelling.
 
To view some of the completed projects and for further information and contact details refer to
 
 
 
Alex is looking forward to the forthcoming opening round of the Super One Championship and to have help to meet the high costs of competing will help Alex and his parents to keep their efforts focused on the championship.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
ALEX RACES IN BELGIUM
Watch the two finals below
 
Prefinal
 
Final 
 
 
                                                              Photo by Bas Kaligis
 

216 drivers from over 33 countries world wide from as far away as Indonesia, New Zealand, Equador and America descended on the picturesque town of Genk in Belgium.   In the Junior class 72 drivers made up the field and Cornish man Alex Quinn was one of the youngest drivers in the class.   Alex had also not stepped foot on Belgium soil until the weekend, with the majority of the field  having had some racing experience at this track when UK based Formula Kart Stars visited the circuit in 2011.

 

The weather for testing was super, however, Alex struggled to get to grips with the track and achieve a satisfactory kart set up ahead of the qualifying heats.  Additionally due to lack of personal budget, Alex was restricted to a lesser amount of practice tyres and seemed to be off the pace of other drivers.   When new tyres were tested however, he rose to the occasion setting the 4th fastest practice time and highest placed British driver in one of the timed test sessions.

 

Timed Qualifying was the first hurdle of the racing schedule and Alex recorded the 13th fastest time.   Heats were then split into 6 session for the 72 drivers with each driver competing in 3 heats.   Alex’s heat results were 9th, 7th and 5th.

 

Drama at the start of the prefinal played into Alex’s hand when he got caught up in a first corner incident dropping him many places, but a red flag to restart the race gave Alex a second chance.  Starting from 9th on the grid, he made up 2 places quickly within the first few laps and continued to show remarkable stamina to race against the experienced grid of drivers he came into the mix with the leaders, pushing on hard and hoping to progress further up the leaderboard.  By lap 7 out of 9 Alex had moved into 5th place which he retained to the flag.

 

An uninterrupted start for the main final saw Alex move into 4th place on the first corner which he managed to maintain to the halfway point of the 12 lap race.  Racing focused on the final spot of the podium as the 2 leaders developed a large gap and at one point over 8 drivers were all battling for the final spot on the podium.  Just over half way Alex had got into 3rd place and was not wanting to let go of it, but the closing pack meant he had his hands full just to keep on the racing line .   With one lap to go, Alex had dropped to 5th place and following contact on the last corner, he finished a creditable 7th place, being later promoted to 6th place following a penalty imposed on another driver.

 

Alex is really pleased with this top ten finish and he is the highest placed British driver who has never raced at the Belgium circuit before this event and finished just ahead of 2 local Dutch drivers.

 

With points added up for this championship, Alex is 4th in Europe and the next round will be in Italy in a few months time.

 
 
 
 
ALEX QUINN named as a Top Ten Kart Driver of 2013
Karting Magazine have just published their Top 10 best British drivers of 2013.  The drivers of all ages and classes took on the best British and Overseas competition.   This is a high accolade for Alex after such an amazing year of successful racing.
 
 
FreeM UK pledge their support for Alex in 2014
 
 
Jonathan Walker confirmed their support of Alex for 2014.  FreeM UK brings Italian flair to British Motorsport with its superb range of raceware and lifestyle products.
 
                                                                
 
 
 
You Tube footage of Rotax Max Winter Cup Campillos 2014
 
http://youtu.be/E6pE3q4HD-c  -  Qualifying Heat 3  (Alex - Heat 1)
http://youtu.be/hN0S6Kp3heg  -  Qualifying Heat 7  (Alex - Heat 2)
http://youtu.be/ObU0pPr2HPM - Qualifying Heat 12 (Alex - Heat 3)
http://youtu.be/G5D0dWpxVdk - Junior Winter Cup 2014 - Grand Final 
 
QUICK QUINN DEBUT IN ROTAX MAX WINTER CUP - SOUTHERN SPAIN 
 
              
 (Photo courtesy of Bas Kaligis)
 

Up against a grid of over 60 drivers from all over the world, Alex took part in his first ever European kart race at a kart track near Malaga in Southern Spain.

 

With the support of the Coles Racing team, Alex got the opportunity to test on the weekend before as this was not only his first European race, but his first time ever to drive a Junior rotax kart. 

 

Hoping to escape the English wind and rain, day one was a typical Spanish sunny day, but unfortunately, this all changed and atrocious wet weather set in for most of the testing schedule.  Indeed many teams were not prepared for the weather and some suffered damage to their awnings over the test weekend.

 

Alex, however, was able to adapt to the wet conditions and was immediately setting front running times and surprising the regular series drivers and team bosses.

 

In the run up to the Rotax Max European Winter cup weekend, the drivers had 2 intensive track days of testing on Wednesday and Thursday with most of the 62 drivers present from as far away as Israel, Russia and America as well as closer European countries.  The business end of the event got underway on Friday with Timed Qualifying.  Having had very little dry practice, timed qualifying was difficult and Alex achieved 5th fastest out of his timed qualifying group and when amalgamated with the second group was 15th fastest overall.

 

Saturday was an important day of qualifying heats when all drivers took part in 3 out of 6 heats to build up a points total to determine qualification into the pre final on race day.

 

In heat 1 the skies started to darken as the drivers prepared for the race.  Parc ferme conditions applied which meant drivers and teams had to determine an all important kart set up based on their predictions of the weather for the race.  All teams opted for slick tyres and as the drivers exited on the formation lap, the sky looked ever more ominous.  Starting in 7th place Alex lost a few places at the start to 10th place, but quickly started to regain positions.  After a few laps the rain started and Alex forged ahead as if on rails setting the fastest lap and finishing in an amazing 2nd place. 

 

Heats 2 and 3 were both run in wet conditions with rainmaster Quinn achieving a further 2nd place in heat 2.  Disaster struck on the formation lap of his 3rd heat when he was shunted off into the gravel by another competitor.  Alex had to get out of his kart, drag it back on to the circuit, restart the engine and race to catch up on the pack before the lights went green.  He managed to rejoin in his correct position in time for the start of the race.  Alex started this heat from the difficult outside 8th position of the grid and finished in 8th place giving him a total of 12 points and his position secured for the pre final.   The race commentator made mention of Alex as someone he had not heard of in the European karting scene and remarked on him achieving the fastest lap times of all the drivers in all of his particular heats.

 

After a long week of testing, qualifying and heats, race day finally arrived.  Alex had secured enough points to escape the last chance heats where the competition would say goodbye to 28 drivers who would fail to qualify for the main finals.  Whilst Alex scored equal points (5th equal) with fellow English driver Dave Wooder, tie break rules meant Alex would start the pre final from the outside of the grid in 6th place.  A strong battled ensued and Alex held his ground for the duration of the race and finished an incredible 5th place.   Speaking after the first final, Alex said that he could have secured 4th place on the closing corners of the race but took a strategic decision to remain in 5th to give him an inside starting advantage for the grand final.

 

Final preparations were made and a few changes were made to Alex's kart set up including using new tyres for the 12 lap final.  In front of a large crowd watching from the banks of the circuit, the event was also being televised LIVE online by www.rgmmcmedia.com with many supporters of Alex from the UK sending messages of good luck.  Getting a good start it quickly became obvious that Alex's kart set up was not just as good as the pre final and he had to work incredibly hard to stay with the leaders.  Alex dropped to 9th overall at the flag and whilst a little disappointed, he could not have imagined when he arrived for his first ever European race that he might achieve a top 10 finish.   Looking at the results list many of those finishing around him had several years experience at this level and indeed the winner of the race was 17 years old.

 

Alex had the paddock talking about this newcomer on the European scene and he can hold his head high in representing a field of 18 British drivers on,this, his inaugural European event.

 

Alex is planning further European events with the next event in Belgium in a couple of months time.  Once again, this will be at a track which he has never raced at before.  Whether he can financially continue with more European events is very much determined by attracting sponsorship and anyone interested in helping Alex with his dream of graduating towards Formula 1 should make contact via his website www.alexquinnracing.com.

 

All of the weekend races can be viewed on YouTube and will be posted on this website shortly.

 

 

 

ALEX NOMINATED FOR CIK-FIA KARTING ACADEMY TROPHY

A surprise telephone call came from the MSA offering Alex the opportunity to represent the UK in the prestigious 3-round CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.  Each year, the CIK-FIA invite nominations from governing bodies to contest the Academy Trophy, staged over 3 events in Belgium, Germany and Italy.

 

Unfortunately, Alex just did not have the budget to afford the entry fees of Eur 2049 together with the travelling costs and had to decline this offer. 

 

Greg Symes, MSA Academy Manager, acknowledged this by completely understanding our situation and said that certainly Alex deserved the call.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Looking Ahead to 2014
 
 
Alex will be competing in Europe for the first time as he is now old enough.   This will be an amazing challenge for Alex to be racing against drivers from all over Europe and aged between 13 and 16 in the Junior Max class.
 
We desperately need financial assistance to allow Alex to race competitively in the complete series of the Rotax Max Euro Challenge and a heartfelt plea goes out to any individuals or businesses who would like to help Alex.   We, as a family, are most concerned that we can show thanks and appreciation to our sponsors and supporters and will do all that we can to promote your business through this website, kart / suit graphics, hopeful podium interviews (all depending on your level of contribution).  Alex also plans to compete in the prestigious Super One British Championship and also the one off events - Open Championship and Grand Prix Championship, both of which Alex holds the 2013 title (O Plate IAME and GP Plate IAME).
 
If you are interested in helping Alex, please make contact at mail@rosepark.plus.com and Thank you in advance
 
 
Highlights of 2013
 
Alex became LGM Series Champion in 2013 to add to his achievements of becoming O Plate Champion and GP Champion.  His 'best bits' were recorded on camera by Mike Mills of JM Racing PFI, organisers of the LGM Series
 
 
SUPER ONE PRESENTATIONS
 
Allan McNish, former British racing driver and 3 times winner of Le Mans 24 hour and 3 times Americal Le Mans winner was the guest at the Super One stage of the Autosport International Show to present the trophies for the Super One British Comer Cadet Championship and the MSA British Cadet Championship.  
 
A special award was presented to Alex at the evening celebrations at the Hilton, Coventry.   The trophy entitled      'So Close' was given for his efforts in the last epic race of the Comer Cadet Championship where he just missed the Championship title due to engine problems having led the entire championship right down to the last race.  This race was described as one of the greatest kart races ever and was recently covered in a special Motors TV programme.
 
 
Photo courtesy of Chris Walker kartpix.net
Cartoon Canvas Print by Miles Murphy - MDM Designs
 
 
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR
 
2013 was quite a year for Alex Quinn, winner in 3 out of 5 prestigious titles and runner up in the other 2 National Championships.   Alex recognises the support of his family first and foremost, not just his mum and dad, but also his wider family for their support.  Grateful thanks is paid to Alex's sponsors -
Tippers Classic Number Plates
Watson Fuels
Keltic Fuel Oils - Launceston
North Coast Commercials
Harlequinns Bowling and Leisure
Within karting, Alex thanks the people who have helped get him where he is today, namely:-
Dan Hazlewood, Team Principal, FUSION MOTORSPORT
Neil Doran, Joe Boullen, Jordan Lennox Lamb, James Smith and all the other Fusion mechanics
Dan Hart, (Former Fusion Junior Manager)
John Davis, Force Motorsport (IAME).  Jonny Macdonald, Shox Engines (Comer)
Project One, Jason Orchard  - Kartmasters Honda Grand Prix
Organisers of Super One Championship and LGM Series
and finally
All the karting mums and dads who have given Alex great encouragement and support and with whom great friendships have been made.
 
As Alex finishes in cadets, special mention must be made of Dan Hazlewood.  Back in June 2010, Alex went for a day's coaching with Dan, who remarked that he would like to work with Alex in the future.  Dan gave Alex the opportunity to join Fusion within the Junior team at the start of 2012 and later in 2013, Alex was able to join the Fusion main team.   We thank Dan for believing in Alex and for his coaching and development of Alex not just as a driver but also as a fair competitor as well.   Dan joined Alex in Italy for testing with CRG World karting factory team and the one to one coaching has already paid dividends for Alex within his new class of Minimax.
 
Alex has now moved into Minimax and is in the midst of testing ahead of his first ever European race in Spain in February.  New team boss, Adrian Coles of Coles Racing signed Alex up very early on in 2013 and both Adrian and Alex are looking forward immensely to the challenges of 2014.
 
2014 is going to be a tough year for the Bank of Mum and Dad and financial help is urgently needed to allow Alex to realise his full potential in the new Minimax and Euromax classes.   Anyone interested in helping Alex should email mail@rosepark.plus.com  Thank you 
 
 
2013 - ROLL OF HONOUR
ALEX QUINN
 
BRITISH GRAND PRIX CHAMPION
BRITISH OPEN CHAMPION
LGM Series CHAMPION
VICE BRITISH SUPER ONE CHAMPION
VICE MSA BRITISH CHAMPION
CLUB CHAMPION - CLAY PIGEON KART CLUB
 
 
Prestigious Club Recognition awarded to Alex
 
Dunkeswell Kart Club and Clay Pigeon Kart Club have both recognised Alex (a member in each club) for his success in 2013 at National Championship Level.
 
Unable to attend Dunkeswell presentation due to prior racing commitments, James Knight collected the Duckham Trophy on Alex's behalf.
 
At Clay Pigeon Presentation Evening, Alex was crowned the Club Champion and awarded the Bob Browning Trophy for the club member attaining the highest position in National Championships.   This trophy was awarded to Alex by the Vice Chairman of Clay Pigeon Kart Club and Super One Promoter, Neil Hann.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FLYING START FOR ALEX IN NEW CLASS
 
Photo courtesy of Telt Photography
 
The dust has barely settled on Alex's new O Plate trophy and he is in the seat of his new MINIMAX kart.  Having signed up to top UK team, COLES RACING, Alex entered and won the Club round at Clay Pigeon Kart Club in Dorset.
 
Alex's transition to the bigger more powerful kart was seamless and very much on the pace setting fast times.  On race day, he won the first and second heat and came third from the back of the grid in the 3rd heat.  Putting Alex on pole for the final, Alex dominated the race and took the chequered flag with a record of fastest laps in all 3 heats and the final.
 
A week later and Alex was in the hot seat again for a Club Round at Shenington Kart club.   Difficult weather conditions saw all the teams on wet tyres for the 2 heats.   Alex took a win in the first of the 2 heats and starting from the back of the grid for the 2nd heat, Alex worked his way through the grid setting fastest lap to finish 6th with the short race time the only barrier to getting further up the field.   As the final approached, the track dried allowing drivers to change to slick tyres.  Budget deterred Alex from the benefit of new tyres for the final with the majority of the grid on new rubber.  Getting a poor start from P3 on the grid, Alex battled his way back up to 2nd but unable to chase down the leader who had got a good start.  Alex admitted that a slight error by him on the last lap dropped him to his finishing position of 5th overall.   Still a very creditable result in these early days of MINIMAX
 
 
 
 
 
BBC SPORT INTERVIEW ALEX
 
At the end of Alex's cadet season, the BBC Sports Reporting team contacted Alex for a television interview for the local BBC Spotlight programme broadcast in the South West.  The feature was also published on the official BBC Formula 1 webpage alongside features of Formula 1 drivers, Raikkonen, Vettel and Magnusson.
Click below to watch the programme
 
 
After just one week on the website, Alex is the 4th 'most Watched/Listened' to feature on BBC Sport just behind Neymar's goal, Djokovic's tennis win and just ahead of Marquez's MotoGP win!! (as at 12Nov13)
Website hits on his video on the Formula 1 page after just 4 days were a staggering
84000 hits.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fabulous farewell in Final Cadet Race
 
'The best ever race of my life so far' was the way Alex described his final race as a cadet driver.
 
After 4 years of racing in the cadet class, Alex decided to enter for one final time to compete in the ABKC 'O' Plate event held at PF International circuit at Lincoln.   Putting the disappointment of missing out on the IAME championship behind him, Alex started the weekend in determined form setting quick times in practice.   Weather conditions were tricky and Alex managed 3rd overall in Timed Qualifying.
 
Heat one saw wet conditions and maintaining his third postion off the start line, By lap 2 Alex had nipped into 2nd place but on the third lap in tricky wet conditions a tap from another driver forced both drivers to spin, but fortunately they managed to rejoin and both of them revert back to the positions of 2nd and 3rd by the race end.   There were not enough laps left for Alex to reach the leader and settled for 2nd in this heat.
 
Heat 2 and Alex got a better start in the race and took the heat win.   Alex would start the Prefinal from grid 2.   Weather conditions on the Sunday had improved and the pre final was run in dry conditions.   Alex took control of this race and led from start to finish, with just a momentarily loss of the lead at the second hairpin, but managed to regain the lead again by the next corner.
 
For the Grand Final which would decide the British Open Champion, Alex would lead the 32 drivers out to the start / finish line.   All eyes were on the skies above as the blue sky had quickly changed to dark ominous clouds with rain in the distance.   As the pull cords were applied, a double rainbow appeared over the circuit.   The lights were green and all drivers set off on slick tyres.  Rain quickly fell and the circuit became very slippy.   Alex maintained his lead and despite being the first driver to have to find the grip managed to extend his lead and was almost an amazing 4 seconds quicker than any other driver on the first lap.
 
Alex's gap between himself and the following pack maintained about 7-8 seconds which gave Alex a comfortable lead and controlled the race to the flag.   Rejoicing over the line, Alex was extremely happy with his finale to cadets.
 
Alex wishes to thank Dan Hazlewood, Neil Doran, Joe Boullen of Fusion Motorsport for their hard work and support not just in 2013, but also over the previous years.   Alex also thanks Zip kart for providing his 2013 kart and to John Davies of Force Motorsport for Alex's race engines.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TELEVISION COVERAGE
 
TELEVISION FOOTAGE OF THE FINAL ROUND OF
COMER CADET CHAMPIONSHIP
CLICK ON LINKS BELOW-
THE FIRST LINK (about 6.30mins into clip) is an interview with Alex before the 1st Final
 
Commentator, Alan Taddei, introduced the Final 2 and the 'human drama about to unfold' in the final race of the championship entitled
 'The Shootout at Shenington'
 
Alan said that there has never been an end to a championship season like it and the race is an
absolute spectacle and described as
 
'The best kart race you have ever seen in your life'
 
 
 
 
  **********  HEADLINES  **********
 
 
 
RUNNER UP
MSA BRITISH CADET CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Photo courtesy of Kartpix,net
 
After 6 months, countless miles and competing against almost 50 drivers from all parts of the country, Alex was to face his 2 most important races of his karting life so far.    Leading the championship, ahead of team mate Oliver York as they woke up on Race Sunday, Alex knew this would be a difficult trying day.
 
The winter weather had arrived at the Lincolnshire circuit and it was a cold start to the Saturday for Timed Qualifying and the two heats.    Alex and Oliver were drawn in the first group of Timed Qualifying and with a drying track, it looked that they may have been at a disadvantage over the second group.   However, the team mates worked together to secure a 1-2 (Oliver just 0.01secs ahead) for the overall qualifying sessions.
 
In heat 1, Oliver and Alex maintained the lead and worked together to bridge a gap over the other karters in this session.   On the final lap, Oliver defended hard and crossed the line just 0.01sec ahead of Alex, giving Oliver a 1 point advantage on the dropped scores championship leaderboard.
 
Alex took the win in heat 2 bringing the points back level (on dropped scores) for the all important race day.
 
FINAL 1
The drivers were faced with heavy rain all day Sunday, making set up crucial for the finals.  Oliver shot into the lead with Tom Wood slotting into second, both pushing clear as Alex lost time at the first corner.  As the race settled, Alex and team mate Teddy Wilson worked together to try and catch the leaders, but they just couldn't close the gap.  As the clock struck zero, Alex and Teddy suddenly closed in and there was now a four way battle for the lead.  Oliver held on to the victory with Alex having to settle for 4th.
 
FINAL 2
Alex would start Final 2 from the difficult grid 4 position on the outside.  As the lights went green, Oliver and Teddy pushed away at the start.  Alex jumped ahead of Tom and gave chase to Oliver and Teddy.   However, a lack of engine performance meant Alex was unable to close the gap and could see the Championship title slipping away from him.   Undeterred by this, Alex determinedly stuck with the leading pack knowing that a race is never over until the chequered flag.  However, no incidents occurred on the last lap, and whilst Oliver celebrated his success, Alex's despair was evident.  
 
Whilst disappointed at losing out on the Championship title, Alex is a more than worthy runner up.   He has been described by many as a 'clean racer' and with the support and encouragement of a very large entourage of friends, (both from the karting and non karting community) and the support of his sponsors and family, Alex has had tremendous success in his final year as a cadet.  
 
Alex and his mum and dad wish to thank, in particular, Dan Hazlewood, Neil Doran, the entire Fusion family, John Davies of Force Motorsport,  his sponsors and everyone who has helped in any way.
 
 
LGM Series CHAMPION 2013
ALEX QUINN
 
Alex was crowned Champion ahead of team mates Oliver York and William Pettitt making it a Fusion Motorsport     1-2-3 at the final round of the LGM series championship at PFInternational.
 
Going into the meeting Alex held a 1 point advantage over Oliver, both knowing that claiming the extra 3 points for pole position could make a significant difference to deciding the title.   Oliver made it to pole and secured the 3 points.
 
At the start of the all important final, Alex starting from P3 on the grid got a good steady start and maintained his position with the leading group.  Remaining determined and calm under the immense pressure of the championship, Alex moved into 2nd behind Oliver and waited patiently.  As the laps started to count down and the last lap board was displayed, Oliver went defensive.  Alex tried to get around the outside into turn 1, but the door was firmly closed.  Kiern Jewiss of NextGen got into the action and pulled off a move around the outside to take the lead.  Oliver found a gap up the inside of Jewiss into the second hairpin, but this cost him time and Alex cut back in the exit.   Alex was up alongside Oliver, poised to take over the lead, but Oliver made contact with him forcing Alex onto the grass.   Oliver retook the lead and Alex stumbling back onto the track finished the race in 4th place.  Clerks after the race summoned both drivers where Oliver was docked 5 places for gaining an unfair advantage, handing the LGM championship to Alex.
 
Whilst Alex would have preferred the racing to be decided on the track he is happy to have won this prestigious championship and thanks Mike Mills for the organisation of the LGM series. Alex also recognises the support of Fusion Motorsport and Force Engines together with his sponsors
 
WELL DONE ALEX
 
 
 
 
ALEX CROWNED
VICE COMER CADET BRITISH CHAMPION
 
 
Photo courtesy of kartpix.net
 
Struggling with engine difficulties at the start of the final round of the championship, Alex had the insurmountable challenge of trying to retain the lead he had held for the whole year in the Comer Cadet class.  With his lead dwindling to just one point ahead going into the final race of the season, Alex had to beat his team mate Oliver York to take the title.  After a very tense and extremely exciting final, Alex finished in 3rd place, with Oliver just beating him in 2nd place.   This gave both boys equal points and tie break rules decided total points at the end of the year ruled in Oliver's favour(875) and Alex(873) lost the championship by just 2 points.
 
 It became apparent on the Friday that Alex was off the pace using his 2 race engines.   Intense analysis by the Fusion Motorsport team long into Friday night could not resolve the problem and Alex was unable to race these engines.
 
Qualifying was disappointing for Alex as he was only able to achieve 11th place overall.   He achieved 7th in Heat one and 3rd in Heat two.  This result in heat two had boosted Alex lead by 1 point and his focus had to be on the two finals on the Sunday to get a good start and get into the mix of the action at the front of the pack.  In Final 1, Alex maintained his starting position of grid 5 and it wasn't until lap 9 that he managed with a little assistance from fellow drivers to advance through the pack to 3rd place.  By lap 11 he had moved up into 2nd place but fell to 6th place with about 4 laps to go.  Being out of the tow of the leading pack, Alex could not improve upon this position which would be his grid position for the Final 2.
 
In Final 2, Alex did not improve on his starting position but did manage to stay with the leading pack in this action packed final with the positions at the front changing many times.  By lap 12 Alex was up into 2nd place but lost it again until the final laps.  Going into the final lap Alex did get to the front for a few corners but team mates Will and Oliver just got passed with Alex finishing 0.3 seconds behind in 3rd position.
 
Whilst disappointed, Alex is recognised for leading this entire championship right to the final race of the year and his mum and dad wish to thank everyone who has helped Alex in this Comer Cadet Championship
 
WELL DONE ALEX
 
 
 
 
BATTLE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIPS HOTTING UP
 
Now nearing the completion of all 3 British Championships, points have been added up and an assessment made of how the Championships are looking as Alex prepares for the final rounds of each event.
 
However, the results are all so close that every point will count in the individual championship and Alex needs to finish ahead of his main rivals Oliver York and Tom Wood.
 
Results can be viewed at
 
(Click on Points Table Comer Cadet and Points Table Iame Cadet)
 
(Click on Show full Table) 
 
 
 
 
SO NEAR TO HOME.... SO NEAR TO A WIN
 
 
Photo courtesy of Chris Walker kartpix.net
 
Round 4 of the MSA Super One British Karting Championship moved to the South west of England this weekend to Clay Pigeon Raceway.  Recognised by many as familiar territory for Alex (though he has never actually competed in a Club Championship at this circuit before), he was excited to be at this challenging track.
 
Timed Qualifying was, as always, split into 2 groups with Alex being in the first session competing on less favoured track conditions.  This session was slower than the second session with Alex achieving 2nd quickest and 6th overall when the 2 sessions were amalgamated.
 
His grid positions for both heats were from the difficult P4 position of the grid.  He won heat 1 and after getting entangled in the infamous Billys corner at the start of heat 2, he lost many places, but made a remarkable recovery back to 4th in heat 2.
 
Starting, once again, on the outside of the grid in P2 for the prefinal, he had a fantastic start and took to the lead for the first 8 laps of the 15 minute pre final.  Losing the lead around Billys, 3 karts passed him in a train and Alex could not get enough momentum to tag onto the back of the train.  But determination saw Alex carve through his own air to rejoin the pack and when the leading driver started defending early in the final stages, Alex got to the lead again on lap 18 but 2 laps to go and with a bunch of karts all leapfrogging each other towards that flag, Alex dropped to 7th on the last lap, but a last gasp at the line gave him a finish of 4th overall and the top 7 drivers all split within 0.97 seconds.
 
Outside of the grid, again, for Final 2.  With a penalty imposed for another driver in the prefinal, this meant the top 6 positions on the grid were held by Fusion drivers.  Over the line and Alex took to the outside of the pack round Billys and got into the lead.  Forging ahead, he maintained the lead for 22 out of the 23 laps, but once again, the train of karts behind him closed in and Alex and team mate Oliver York worked together for the majority of the final until the last lap.  Oliver took the lead over the start straight and with Oliver defending to the flag, Alex just lost out on the win by 0.09seconds.  
 
A pleasing result of Alex obtaining the highest set of points for the weekend maintains his second place overall in the championship with 2 rounds left to go.
 
LGM PODIUM AT SHENINGTON
 
Round 6 of the Little Green Man Series took place at Shenington with a large grid of over 50 cadets.  With the Club format, grid positions for the final were determined by the results of 3 heats.   In each of the 3 heats, Alex did not lose any ground and steadily climbed his way through the pack to secure a heat win, a second and a third.   Points added up and Alex would start from Pole Position for the final.
 
Continuing his form from the heats, Alex lost no ground at the start of the final and maintained the lead ahead of team mate Oliver York for 12 of the 15 laps.   Oliver took the lead for the remaining laps and on the last lap Alex attempted to retake the lead, but strong defence from Oliver hampered the win for Alex.  Both boys crossed the line in an almost photo finish with Oliver just ahead of Alex by 7 hundredths of a second.  Results show that both team mates recorded the fastest lap on the same lap 3 when Alex was leading to Oliver resulting in Oliver taking the extra points for fastest lap. 
 
Oliver leads Alex by 12 points with 2 rounds left to go in this exciting championship
 
       
 
Pictured above left - Podium presentation for LGM Round 6 Shenington
Pictured above right - Alex receives his 1st place 'big' trophy for his win at Round 5 Buckmore Park
 
 
 
WIN AT CLAY
IN
IAME SUMMER CHALLENGE
 
Closer to home this weekend and Alex and his Fusion team mates concentrated on some pre Super 1 testing at Clay Pigeon Kart Club which incorporated an IAME Summer Challenge.
 
Disappointments in the Heats with an 8th, an exclusion for an apparent yellow flag infringement (which camera footage proved his innocence) and a 2nd gave Alex a starting grid position of 19th for the final.
 
With what seemed like a daunting challenge, Alex focused his mind to the job in hand, getting a great start and avoiding the first corner carnage and quickly climbed through the field to the lead after about 5 of the 12 laps.  Along with team mate Zachary, the two Fusion drivers forged a lead which Alex held to the flag.
 
Alex thanks the owners of Clay Pigeon Raceway, Chelborough Ltd for the prize for  winning the IAME Summer Challenge together with Dan Hazlewood and Neil Doran of Fusion Motorsport and also, Force Motorsport for  Alex's IAME race engines.
 
 
MSA KARTMASTERS
BRITISH KART GRAND PRIX CHAMPION 2013
 
Photo courtesy of Kartpix.net
 
Alex was crowned the British Kart Grand Prix Champion at the prestigious MSA Kartmasters event at the PF International Kart club in Lincolnshire.
 
Qualifying on Pole for the IAME Pre final and subsequent Grand Prix, Alex drove to achieve only one result - the Win and the coveted GP Plate.
 
Not only was Alex competing in his usual IAME class, but he was a guest driver for Project One in the honda class and just missed out in making it a double having led for a good part of the Honda Grand Prix and had to settle for 4th place, just 0.17seconds behind the winner .
 
A more detailed race report and photos to follow.
 
 
 
 
ODD MAN OUT IN FINAL 2 OF COMER CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Round 5 of the Comer S1 Series took place in Scotland with Alex netting fastest lap in Timed Qualifying.  Starting on pole position Alex was overtaken on both heats by Tom Wood and started Final 1 on the outside P2 position.   However, disaster struck when he threw his chain on the rolling lap.   Alex was distraught as all he could do was endure the next 15 minutes from a marshall's post thinking about the dent in his championship lead.
 
As the weather cleared, the track started to dry rapidly and set up for Final 2 became critical.  All drivers chose to stay on wets, but the Fusion management decided to roll the dice for Alex, with a last minute switch to slicks in an effort to get him back to the front.  It proved to be a shrewd move as after 5 laps Alex found grip and started setting purple sectors.  All eyes were on Alex as he was now nearly a second a lap quicker than the leaders now that his slicks were totally up to temperature.  He caught team mate William Pettitt in the closing stages for 3rd, but there were not enough laps left in the race to catch the 2 leaders.  At the last corner, William just got back on Alex denying him a podium after quite an incredible recovery from last place on the grid.
 
 
 
ALEX MAKES IT 3  WINS IN LGM SERIES
 
Scrutineering cleared and Alex celebrates another win in the LGM series at Round 5 at Buckmore Park.  Alex took an early lead from the outside of the front row with a great start but it was short lived as Tyler Chesterton overtook followed by Oliver York.  Local driver to Buckmore, Kiern Jewiss overtook both drivers and Alex followed him through with Chesterton close behind.   These three then commanded a lead over the other drivers who were battling amongst themselves.   Going into the last lap, Tyler went for the pass on Alex at the hairpin and so close was the racing that Kiern ran up the back of Tyler leaving Alex an advantage.   However, going down the hill Tyler got past, but Alex was determined and managed to get back into the lead and take the flag making this 3 wins out of 5 in the championship.   Alex now moves into 2nd place.  The subsequent issue regarding the hired engine that Alex used in this race was resolved with no problems and Alex looks forward to receiving his trophy at the next round in Shenington.
 
LGM WIN AT BUCKMORE PARK
OVERSHADOWED BY SCRUTINEER ISSUE
 
Alex took the win in the exciting final of the 5th round of the LGM series held at Buckmore Park in Kent at the weekend only to be advised that the Scrutineer wished to question a mark on the engine used by Alex and was referring the engine to another Scrutineer not present at the meeting for a second opinion.  The results and awards ceremony were put on hold.
 
Alex was not using his own engines this weekend and had hired in an engine.  We have been advised by the engine builder that the Scrutineer was slightly concerned about a mark on the barrel of the engine and that he wished another scrutineer to have a look at it.
 
 
 
 
NEW LAP RECORD FOR KIMBOLTON CIRCUIT
 
Heatwave conditions saw soaring temperatures for all drivers at the Kimbolton club meeting.   Alex joined 4 other Fusion senior drivers together with a guest driver from Canada for the July meeting.  
 
Race day format was Timed Qualifying, Heat 1, Pre Final and Final.   Having not visited this track for quite some time, Alex settled in quite well and achieved 5th place in TQ, the heat and pre final.  
 
The final was epic with Alex getting into the lead early on and being closely followed by Kart no 19.   Towards the end of the race, Alex became aware that kart 19 was attempting to attack for the lead, so he had to defend hard which in turn brought into play the closing pack of 4-5 karts.   A strong battle developed in the last few laps of the race with Alex just missing out on the win to fellow Fusion driver Will.
 
Alex was overjoyed to be rewarded with taking the new Lap record for the circuit of 48.22seconds
 
ALEX ANNOUNCES NEW SPONSOR
 
Alex is pleased to announce the support of his new Sponsor, Tippers Classic & Vintage Plates.
 
Tippers is the only remaining manufacturer to use original equipment and techniques to make truely authentic plates for classic, vintage or veteran vehicles.   Established in 1932, Tippers have an unrivalled range to suit all makes and models from 1898 to present day.  www.tippersvintageplates.co.uk
 
The story behind this support is quite amazing.   Whilst browsing at the stands of the Royal Cornwall Show, owner of Tippers, Ash Waller, noticed Alex's kart on the stand of Watson Fuels and noted that Alex had also attended the Bahamas Speed Week Revival in 2012.   Ash had also been in the Bahamas with his Formula Junior racing car.  Having been impressed with the way the young karters from Formula Kart Stars represented the UK and karting in the Bahamas and his passion for motorsport, he offered his support.  
 
SUMMER AT SUMMERLEE RACEWAY, SCOTLAND
 
Round 3 of the MSA British IAME Championship moved to Larkhall circuit in Scotland and hot weather welcomed all the drivers for the entire weekend.   Pre-prepared qualifying groups left Alex separated from the rest of the Fusion Junior team and so Timed Qualifying was always going to be difficult without having a team mate to work with to secure a good time.   Alex managed 7th fastest in his group giving him a slightly disappointing 10th overall when the times of the 2 groups were amalgamated.
 
Starting Heat 1 in P7 position, Alex made a great start and secured the lead on lap 4 which he held to the flag.   In his second heat, Alex had a brief couple of laps in the lead, but forced to settle for 2nd place.   From P4 in Final 1, from the difficult outside of the grid, Alex got a reasonable start and for the first number of laps did not lose any positions.  From lap 9, he got behind his team mate and crossed the finish line in second place split by just 0.1 sec.
 
Once again, starting on the outside of the grid in Final 2 on P2, Alex dropped a number of places going round the first two corners.   Determined he started to move back up the field to 2nd, but on lap 14 dropped back to 7th place.  Seeing the clock ticking down, Alex got an advantage when 2 drivers had an incident and as the last lap approached Alex was in 3rd place.   An epic drive on the last few corners secured Alex 2nd place on the podium by just 0.18sec behind the winner and just 0.01sec ahead of the 3rd place finisher.  Alex thanks John Davies of FORCE Motorsport for his IAME engines, both of which and a carburretor were stripped and passed at scrutineering.
 
Points added up at the halfway stage of the Championship and Alex sits in 2nd place having made up some positions and getting closer to championship leader Oliver York.
 
 
 
 
 
ALEX MAINTAINS COMER LEAD
 
Round 4 of the Super One Comer Cadet Championship took place at PF International kart circuit in glorious sunshine.   Alex and team mate Tom Wood worked well together to secure a 1-2 (Tom 1st, Alex 2nd) in the two heats and the Final 1
 
Final 2 was a very close race with the lead changing quite a few times.   Alex finished 5th in a photo finish with Zachery Robertson just pipping Alex to the line.
 
Alex commands a good lead in the Comer Championship with 2 rounds left to go.
 
 
 
 
PODIUM SUCCESS IN WALES
 
Photo courtesy of Chris Walker kartpix.net
 
Round 2 of the MSA Super One British Karting Championship took place in North Wales and Alex joined Fusion team mates to achieve 2nd overall in the gripping Grand Final.
 
During the Saturday qualifying and subsequent heats, the weather could well have been the winner with intermittent heavy showers coupled with a breeze which dried the track between the showers which creating testing times for the mechanics.  Throughout all of the sessions on the Saturday, the drivers were fortunate not to have to use wet tyres, but then set up of the kart became even more important on the tricky Welsh circuit.
 
The drivers were randomly selected into two groups of qualifying and Alex was in the first group.   As the skies looked ominous all drivers were keen to get out in the 10 minute session to attempt to set a fast lap before any rain may appear.   In the early part of qualifying Alex took top spot in the times, but as the session continued, Alex dropped to 4th overall.  The second group were quicker in the early part of their session and several drivers made quicker times than the first which dropped Alex to 7th overall for the qualifying.
 
All drivers would compete in 2 out of the 3 heats and Alex achieved steady results in both of the heats - Heat 1 - 5th and Heat 2 - 2nd.   Alex would start Sunday's finals in P3 on the grid.  In final 1 Alex maintained his 3rd position but seemed to be struggling just to keep up to the pace of the two leaders.
 
A few tweaks of the kart set up and Alex would once again set off in Final 2 in P3 position on the grid.   Alex had an excellent start and settled down into the 15 minute final behind senior driver, Oliver York.   During the race, Alex had a lap at the front, but Oliver took control of the race once more and despite a few attempts from Alex, he just could not get past a defensive Oliver in the closing stages of the race.   Alex finished in 2nd place and with the points for the weekend added up, he is now lying in second place in the British Championship.
 
 
 
*********NEXT EPISODE OF MOTORS TV TO FEATURE MSA Round 1 ROWRAH - MONDAY 17 JUNE 2013 19.25hrs********** 
Repeats shown on
Tuesday 18 June  04.35
Tuesday 18 June  11.35
Wednesday 19 June  00.10
Saturday 22 June  12.10
Tuesday 25 June 01.45
ALEX IS FEATURED AT THE START OF THE PROGRAMME AS 'ONE TO WATCH IN 2013'
His IAME Cadet Race is the 2nd race featured in the programme after the first break.
Youtube footage will be uploaded shortly. 
 
 
BREAKING NEWS.......
 
ALEX TEAMS UP WITH COLES RACING FOR 2014
(MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW ON THIS EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT)
 
 
 
KARTING IN NORTH WALES
 
The spectacular setting of North Wales has been the setting for Round 4 of the LGM series and Round 3 of the Super One Comer Cadet British Championships over the last two weekends.
 
LGM Championship
In glorious summer conditions, at the GYG circuit, the format started with Timed Qualifying with Alex achieving a 3rd in his group translating into 8th overall for the heats.    Heat results were:-
 
Heat 1   7th
Heat 2   3rd
 
In the final, Alex started from the inside on P7 position and made a good start to climb to 2nd making it a Fusion 1,2,3 at the end of the first lap.  Alex took over at the lead and led a 6 train kart battle.  Unfortunately, Alex had an engine issue and he could not maintain his momentum at the front and finished the race in 10th place.
 
Points added up and at the half way stage of the championship , Alex now sits on the LGM leaderboard in 5th place, (mainly as a result of his misfortune in  Round 3).
 
 
Super One Comer Cadet British Championship
Once again, back to the GYG circuit and a very busy meeting.  Friday testing was wet but the weather cleared up for the Saturday qualifying session.
 
In timed qualifying Alex, and team mate Tom, set good lap times, but towards the end of the session, other drivers forged ahead and Alex finished timed qualifying in 8th place.   Once again, Alex would start the first heat in the difficult outside line.  The heats were good for Alex and he achieved a 3rd and a 4th which gave him a grid position of P3 for the first final on the Sunday.
 
Sunday morning arrived with glorious sunshine and the cadets had only one short practice in the morning.   Alex set the fastest time in this session.  Final 1 was run after lunch and Alex got a good start and quickly settled into 2nd place behind senior driver Oliver York.   The two drivers developed a gap and on the last corner just before the flag, Alex saw a gap which he went for, but unfortunately he clipped the kerb forcing him backwards into the barrier.  Alex rejoined and finished in 8th place. 
 
Whilst disappointed from the earlier final,  Alex set off in Final 2 from P8 and got a good start.   His goal was to attack and move through the pack to the front as quickly as he could.   He achieved this on lap 11 and with Fusion driver Jonny Edgar on his tail, the two drivers drove a sterling race and managed to get clear of the battle which was going on behind them between 4-5 karts.  Towards the end of the race, the two worked as one and managed to get by a back marker with ease and headed into the last lap.   Through the carousel, Alex went a little wide and Jonny sought and took his opportunity and moved into the lead, Alex having a slight excursion onto the grass, but managed to get back on track to take 2nd place. 
 
The points for Final 1 did impact on Alex's overall championship points but he still holds the lead by 13 points at the half way point of the championship.
 
 
 
GREAT DAY AT
ROYAL CORNWALL SHOW
GUESTS OF WATSON FUELS
 
  
 
Paul Hider from the Launceston branch of Keltic Fuel Oils welcomes Alex to their stand at the Royal Cornwall Show, pleased to be supporting Alex Quinn Racing for a 3rd year.   Alex brought 2 karts with him - His 2012 kart which was last used when he visited the Bahamas as a result of his success in the Formula Kart Stars championship in 2012.  He also brought his current race kart with him.
 
Alex and his mum and dad got the opportunity to show the kart to a very busy opening day of the show.   Loads of boys and girls got the opportunity to sit in his 2012 kart and have photographs taken.   Alex was on hand to talk to many people who took great interest in the karts and his racing career to date.
 
Paul Hider, of Keltic Fuel Oils said 'I am pleased that Alex was able to come to the Show and showcase his karts.  He added, it has attracted quite an interest amongst the show goers.   We are very proud to be associated with Alex and wish him well in the remainder of the 2013 season.' 
 
More photos in gallery 
 
 
 
 
ALEX TO SHOWCASE HIS KART
AT THE ROYAL CORNWALL SHOW
 
Alex has been invited to showcase his kart at the prestigious Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show to be held in Cornwall from 6 - 8 June.
 
At the show, Alex will be in attendance with his kart on the Watson Fuels stand who will announce their renewed commitment of sponsorship for 2013.  
 
Over 125,000 visitors attend the 3 day premier agricultural event which attracts not just people involved in agriculture but families and holiday makers as well as HRH the Princess Royal who will attend on  the first day of the Show.
 
 
 
 
 
                  
 
 
NEW SPONSOR WELCOMED
BY ALEXQUINNRACING
 
Alex is very pleased to announce that Bytem have offered support to alexquinnracing for 2013.
 
Bytem (www.bytem.net) are a leading Design and Project Management company who specialise in the field of Air conditioning and Mechanical Services.
 
 
 
 
 
AMAZING WEEKEND AT LGM PFI
UNTIL THE LAST LAP !
 
 
 Photo courtesy of Chris Walker kartpix.net
 
Round 3 of the Little Green Man Championship took place at PF International Kart Circuit with an overall entry list of 290 drivers with 50 cadets competing in the LGM series.
 
Dry and sunny conditions greeted all the drivers for the duration of the weekend and it was a welcome change to the wet and windy conditions that had delayed the start of summer over the past number of weeks.
 
Saturday testing was limited due to the large number of drivers, but Alex quickly got up to speed and looked forward to the Race Sunday.
 
Bright blue skies and an early alarm call dictated 3 laps practice would commence at 8.15am with a full programme ahead.   There would be 5 heats of which each LGM driver would compete in 3 heats building up a starting position for the Final.
 
In 3 laps practice Alex was the 2nd quickest driver and his heat results were:-
 
Heat 1   Started 17th   Finished 3rd
Heat 2   Started 3rd   Finished 2nd
Heat 3   Started 26th   Finished 5th
 
These results gave Alex a starting position of P2 for the A Final.  At the start of the final, Alex maintainted his starting position and on lap 2 he got into the lead which he maintained right up to the last lap.   On the last few corners  disaster struck when another driver went over the back of Alex's kart, becoming entwined and launching Alex into the barriers.   Alex had to get out of his kart to pull it out of the barrier and rejoin to cross the finishing line in 25th place.  The offending driver was excluded from the final, but no consolation to Alex on missing out on attempting to complete a hat trick of wins in the first three rounds of the series.
 
AN EVENING WITH
DAVID BRABHAM



Alex got the opportunity to meet ex Formula One Star and former Le Mans champion, David Brabham when he attended a charity evening for the Friends of Bude Sea Pool.   

Alex met David before the evening began when he was able to tell David how he was getting on in his karting.     Alex is pictured above with David and the cherished Le Mans trophy.



STEADY START
AT SUPER ONE IAME
CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Having spent the last 5 out of 6 weekends at Rowrah, the cadet grid of over 40 drivers were hoping for better weather for the opening round of the Super One MSA British Karting Championship.
 
Friday did see T shirts and shorts weather, but it was short lived when forecasts of torrential rain for Saturday spread through the paddock.
 
Very wet conditions greeted the drivers in the morning, and all efforts made by the Rowrah team of officials could not let a full morning's practice take place.  All drivers only managed to get one full practice in before the track was declared too wet and dangerous for practice to continue.  Frantic timetabling took place with the skies clearing around lunch time but rain still falling.
 
Alex had a very good timed qualifying achieving the 2nd fastest lap time in the atrocious wet conditions which Alex is starting to get used to at Rowrah.   The organisers managed to get all of the 3 heats into the Saturday afternoon and Alex had a win and a second in his two heats.
 
Wakening up on Sunday Race day, the rain had stopped but the air and the track were still very damp.   The grids had been calculated and Alex would start on the difficult P2 position for the first final.   He had a tricky start with the poleman coming across to take the dry line leaving Alex on the wet part of the track and forced onto the wet grass losing him many places going into the first chicane.   Still attempting to maintain control and having had wheels on the slippy grass at the start, Alex rejoined the pack in 11th place.  Still on the first lap whilst jostling for position, Alex fell victim to a spinning driver at the second hairpin and sustained some kart damage resulting in a disappointing 14th overall result for Final 1.
 
By the time Final 2 came round, the track had dried sufficiently to allow all drivers to use their race slicks.   Starting from P14 on the grid, Alex survived the first corner incidents and during the 15 minute final, Alex showed true grit and determination and started overtaking drivers lap by lap.  Alex and team mate Will were 'men on a mission' to catch the leading duo, working together up to 0.5s a lap quicker than the leaders.  By lap 11, Alex had managed to get into 3rd place and a spot on the podium was within his reach.   However, team mate Will was hot on his tale and on the last lap Will just managed to squeeze past Alex to take that final spot.   Whilst a little disappointed, Alex received many good wishes from onlookers who congratulated him on an amazing drive in Final 2.
 
6 out of the top 10 were Fusion drivers.... so Well Done Fusion
 
Alex now lies equal 4th in the MSA British Karting Championship
 
Alex and his parents would like to thank, in particular, the Edgar family of Rowrah for storing their race trailer between races for them, making it a speedier journey home.
 
 
 
WIN IN WET ROWRAH
MAINTAINS ALEX's LEAD OF LGM
CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER ROUND 2
 
 
For the third weekend in a row, Team Quinn set off for Rowrah in the Lake District.  This time it was the turn of Round 2 of the LGM series which Alex presently leads after his win in Scotland.
 
The LGM series is run on the Sunday of a Club championship weekend and is aimed at providing a more cost effective championship for all drivers.  One major difference is that all the drivers are only allowed to have one set of Race slicks and one set of Race wet tyres for the whole championship. 
 
On Race day, the wet tyres were the order of the day, with very heavy rain setting in after the 3 laps practice.   As over 46 drivers were entered, each driver was randomly chosen to run in 3 out of 5 heats.   Alex's heats were race numbers 1 - 3 and so a frantic morning racing and post race changes and analysis took place.  Alex's results for the heats were:-
 
Heat 1.....Started 24th.....Finished 6th
Heat 2.....Started 3rd.....Finished 1st and fastest lap
Heat 3.....Started 16th.....Finished 5th
 
A long break followed whilst the remaining heats and B final took place.   With the points added up, Alex would start the Final in P2 on the grid.
 
As the atrocious weather conditions continued and heavy fog had now descended on the circuit, the drivers sat on the grid anxiously waiting to see if the organisers were actually going to allow the race to proceed.
 
Lights went green a short while later and Alex and fellow team mate Dexter who started on pole pulled clear of the pack and escaped a first chicane incident.   Moving into the second lap Alex went for the lead and maintained this lead to the flag with a comfortable 2.2second gap.
 
Alex continues to lead the LGM series and also the Super One Comer Championship.
 
 
Check out www.fusionmotorsport.co.uk for a detailed race report entitled
'Rainmaster Quinn doubles up at Rowrah'
Also www.lgmseries.com for their report entitled
'Quinn shines from the Doom and Gloom of Rowrah'
 
 
KARTING MAGAZINE - FRONT COVER
 
 
 
Check out June 2013 edition of Karting Magazine which features Alex on the front cover
and the Race reports for
Little Green Man - Larkhall   Page 29
Super One Comer Championship Round 1 - Page 31
 
 
 
UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER DID NOT
DETER ALEX FROM GREAT RACING AT
ROWRAH SUPER ONE COMER
 
Alex maintains championship lead after great racing at Rowrah.
 
Round 2 of the Edgar Hyundai Super One Cadet British Championship took place at Rowrah at the weekend and with the disappointment of the previous O plate weekend well behind him, Alex drove some great racing to come away from the event with top points of the 23 drivers entered for the championship.
 
Alex held pole position for a good part of the 10 minute Timed Qualifying session, but on the last lap, needing to overtake two other drivers and his Junior team mate hot on his bumper, Alex lost the pole on the last few corners of the last lap of Qualifying.   Alex would start heats 1 and 2 in P2 grid position.
 
In both heats Alex and his Fusion JT (Junior Team) mate pushed ahead of the rest of the pack and finished the first heat as they had started 1,2.   In heat 2, the team mates once again forged ahead but the following drivers got closer this time and Alex dropped to 4th place.  On lap 9, Alex regained 3rd spot and it looked like this would be the result, but not for Alex, on the last lap, whilst the two in front were defending their positions, Alex spotted an opportunity at the second hairpin to perform a switchback which took Alex to the front and the flag.
 
Whilst the majority of the country were enjoying sunshine ( and friends racing at Forest Edge were getting sunburnt !)  the teams woke up to wet and windy Rowrah conditions.  Final 1 would be the first opportunity for the drivers to race on wet tyres and indeed this would be Alex's first opportunity to race on the new batch of wet tyres which he had not been able to test on over the last few months due to availability problems.  Alex got a commanding start and maintained the lead for the first 2 laps.  On lap 3, newly crowned British O plate champion, Jonny Edgar, took the lead and started to pull quite a gap over Alex.  By lap 9 another senior team mate overtook and Alex had to settle for 3rd place in this race.
 
After a short break, Alex and the team prepared for the main Final of the day.  Whilst in parc ferme, conditions had dramatically improved and a significant dry line was appearing on the track.  Set up would now be a crucial factor in this race.  Settling into the 15 minute final, Alex moved into 2nd place and the two drivers gained a considerable gap on the following pack.  On lap 11, Alex got by the leader but only to lose it again a few laps later.  Alex finished the race in 2nd place, really pleased with the bunch of points he has gathered from the weekend and secures Alex in the top spot of the championship leaderboard after Round 2.
 
(Alex would like to wish the dad of a fellow Honda driver a speedy recovery after suffering a broken leg in a fall just after his son had been involved in a nasty crash.  Pleased to say that the Honda driver was ok)
 
 
RAIN SPOILED PLAY
AT ROWRAH O PLATE
 
Parc Ferme Tyre selection proved crucial to the determination of who would clinch the title of British Open Champion at the Rowrah O Plate for Comer Cadet drivers.
 
Alex was in confident and determined form as he put in many laps on the Friday practice ahead of the 2 day event for the O Plate.  Both Friday and Saturday had good weather for practice, timed qualifying and the 2 heats.
 
On the Saturday, Alex got off to a good start in Timed Qualifying taking top spot early on in the 10 minute session.  As the clock ticked on, he dropped to 7th and looked to be on his own.  He then picked up the pace and in the last 2 laps of the qualifying session claimed the P2 spot on the grid.
 
In the first of the 2 heats, Alex took the lead and a strong race developed between Alex and a team mate with his team mate defending well on the last lap from Alex who finished 2nd.  Fastest lap was given to Alex for this heat.
 
In the second heat, Alex got squeezed at the start of the race and dropped to 5th overall.  He climbed back up to take the lead, During the 10 minute session, the lead then changed several times .   Going towards the end of the race, two other team mates came into play but Alex managed to hold onto 2nd place across the line.
 
The unique climate of Rowrah brought rain on Sunday morning which benefited some drivers more than others depending on their parc ferme tyre selection.   Wet tyres were not controlled for this event and all drivers had to make their tyre choice very early on Saturday morning trying to predict what the weather forecast would bring for the next 24 - 36 hours.
 
Wet conditions for the Pre- Final gave Alex a disappointing 8th place finish after fighting hard to stay on pace during the race.  As the track dried ahead of the Final, it looked like it would favour those on intermediate tyres which would leave Alex and 2 other team mates on similar tyres back in the game again.  However, another downpour before the Final gave the advantage away to the other drivers.    Run over 15 minutes, Alex's tyres were just not able to put him into contention for the title.  Whilst disappointed at his own result, Alex was overjoyed for his best friend Jonny Edgar in being crowned with the O Plate and the title of British Open Champion.   Jonny is the youngest ever O Plate champion and Alex was so very pleased for his result.   Well Done Jonny Edgar !
 
 
 
ALEX SECURES TOP SPOT OF PODIUM
AT ROUND 1
LITTLE GREEN MAN, SCOTLAND
 
 

ALEX HAS RETURNED HOME FROM SCOTLAND HAVING ACHIEVED THE TOP SPOT ON THE PODIUM IN THE 1st ROUND OF THE      'LITTLE GREEN MAN CHAMPIONSHIP'.

 

Alex is racing in 3 separate British Championships in the cadet karting class for 9 – 13 year olds.   This weekend saw the first round of the ‘Little Green Man’ championship which will be contested over 8 rounds all over the UK.

 

The long journey to Larkhall in Lanarkshire, just south of Glasgow did not deter Alex from stepping right up to the pace on the Saturday testing.  Unofficial timing reported Alex to be fastest on the demanding Scottish circuit.  Weather conditions on the Saturday were dry and Alex got an opportunity to test different kart set up techniques using the new IAME Parilla engine which has been introduced to the cadet class this year.

 

Sunday morning brought heavy rain.   Alex was competing against 46 other drivers.   The heats were randomly selected and run over 5 sessions with each competitor running in 3 heats.

 

In Alex’s first heat, he was on pole position and off the line Alex battled closesly with another competitor before finishing in 1st place in the slippy conditions.

 

In Heat 2 for Alex, weather conditions had dried enough to enable the competitors to drive on slick tyres.  As the track was still a little damp in some areas, many karts collided on the first big corner on the opening lap.  Alex started in 14th position on this heat and managed to swerve his way through the first corner making his way up to finish 2nd.

 

In the 3 heats, the grids are randomly selected to promote fairness to all the drivers with a driver having a front, a middle and a rear starting position.  As Alex started on pole in the first heat, he had to, therefore, start in last position on his final heat of the day.  Once again Alex managed to miss an incident at the start and worked his way through the field to finish in 4th place securing the fastest lap in this heat.

 

During the lunch break, the organizers of the Championship welcomed all drivers onto the track for a Drivers Parade introducing each driver to the large crowd of spectators and gave a background to the Championship.

 

This gave the organizers an opportunity to calculate the grid positions and Alex would start the final in P2 on the grid.  Alex got a good start and settled into the 15 lap race behind two other competitors.   Early on, he made a move on his first driver and several laps later, he went for the lead passing the second competitor.   A nerve wracking series of laps went by with very close racing between the two drivers.  On the penultimate corner Alex lost his lead and went over the line in 2nd place.   However, in post race scrutineering the other competitor was underweight and unfortunately excluded from the results promoting Alex to first place.   In Alex’s post race interview, Alex paid tribute to the other driver giving him the recognition for a strong race between the two of them.

 
VICTORY AT ROUND 1 and Lap Record shattered at
SUPER ONE COMER CADET CHAMPIONSHIP
3 SISTERS, WIGAN
 
 
(Photo courtesy of Chris Walker kartpix.net)
More pics in Photo Gallery
 
Round 1 of the Comer Cadet Super One Championship got under way at the weekend with Alex achieving two overall wins in both Finals on the Sunday afternoon. Alex now leads the British Championship.
 
Alex was on top form this weekend and set out on Friday with some seriously quick testing ahead of Timed Qualifying and Heats 1 and 2 on Saturday.
 
Alex and team mate Tom Wood worked as one in Timed Qualifying to set the fastest times.  In qualifying Alex broke the lap record of the circuit and Tom having set the exact same time on the same lap qualified on pole for the heats as a result of having the fastest second lap.
 
Going over the start line in Heat 1. Alex did not manage to get across to behind team mate Tom and at the end of the race, Alex made a dash for the lead which did not work and had to settle for 3rd place.
 
Victory came to Alex with a win in Heat 2 with team mate Tom close behind.  The Fusion Junior boys had quite a gap over the remaining pack.
 
Results for the heats put Alex on pole position and crossing the start line of final 1, Tom and Alex forged ahead to make it a Fusion JT 1,2.   In Final 2, Tom got a better start and got into the lead.   Alex losing a place to team mate Oliver York and a 3 way battle continued for most of the race.  Keeping the crowd excited, Alex looked like he was losing a bit of ground on the straights, but with 2 laps left to go, it was 3 abreast on the home straight, Alex being in York's tow got the momentum to pass both drivers at the end of the straight to take the lead and with a back marker coming into play, this then gave Alex the breathing space to charge for the finish line taking 2 overall victories in both finals.
 
 
WELL DONE TO THE FUSION TEAM WHO TOOK
1,2,3,4,5 in Final 1
and
1,2,3,4,5,6 in Final 2
 
WELL DONE ALEX QUINN
 
 
COUNTDOWN TO START OF BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
Easter holidays have started for Alex, and after a short family Easter Egg Hunt with his 12 cousins, Alex started thinking ahead to the start of the British Karting Championships.
 
Next weekend, 6/7 April is Round 1 of the Super One Rotax Honda Comer series.  Alex will be racing the 2 stroke Comer engines and hoping to get off to a good start for the year ahead.
 
This is Alex's last year in the Cadet class (8-13) and he is competing in 3 championships contending for a British Championship victory. 
 
This is going to be a tough year for his parents financially and thanks is extended to those who already have shown their support to Alex.   
 
Any businesses interested in supporting Alex - even by just paying for an entry (£180/£195) or indeed a set of tyres £135 would be very welcome and much appreciated.
 
Please make contact to Kathryn Quinn on
 
12 rounds of the championships which Alex will be competing in will be televised and Alex also has his own column in the local press!
 
VERY CLOSE FINISH AT PFI - 1/100th OF A SECOND!
 
Dry weather was a welcome change at the Lincolnshire circuit of PF International for the March club event.   Alex had limited practice sessions on Saturday due to the 250 strong entry list across all classes.    In Alex's class, 66 Iame cadet drivers had registered.
 
Pre - prepared grids saw Alex on pole in his first heat and subsequently last in the second heat.   On pole, Alex had the responsibility for maintaining a smooth steady start for the 36 drivers in the grid and he got off to a good start.  Staying at the front of the pack, he drove a determined race just being beaten by senior team mate, Lewis by 0.15seconds.
 
In Heat 2, Alex started at the very back of the grid.  Once the lights went green, Alex steadily climbed up the field during the 7 minute heat to reach 7th place.   Then the quarter flag came out indicating a single file formation behind the lead driver who set the pace until the green flag came out again.   Last lap and Alex overtook to reach 2nd place - an amazing result from last place on the grid.
 
With 2 other heats and a B Final, Alex had a long wait until the A Final and grids calculated over the four heats, putting him in 4th place on the grid.   Alex had a fantastic start and quickly asserted his authority by taking the lead.  During the exciting 10 minutes, the lead changed back and forth between Alex, senior team mate Oliver and Teddy, another competitor.  Going into the last few corners, Alex was in the lead and a three strong battle approached the finish line.   Not quite sure who had won, all eyes were on the score board to see, fellow competitor Teddy take the top spot on the podium by 0.01 of a second and Oliver just 0.07 seconds behind Alex.
 
Alex said, after the race - 'I'm disappointed that I did not take the win - it was so close, but I am really pleased with second place and having the fastest lap in the final.  Thanks to Dan Hart of Fusion Junior Team, John Davies for my IAME engine and, of course, my mechanic DAD'
 
 
 
 
ALEX SHOWCASES NEW KART GRAPHICS
AT WIGAN - February 2013
 
 
On a cold weekend in February, over 250 drivers assembled at the Three Sisters Kart Club near Wigan.   Alex would be racing in the Comer Cadet class to gain valuable practice time ahead of the first round of the Super One Championship to be held at Wigan on Easter Weekend. 
 
Alex's last visit to this circuit was in his Honda days in 2011, so the limited practice time on Saturday would prove vital to preparing him for Race day on the Sunday.
 
On RAce day, there would be 2 heats, a B Final and an A  Final.  With the random grid selection Alex was positioned 19th on the grid for the first heat, and made a fantastic charge through the traffic to finish 3rd overall.  In his second heat, starting 3rd, the start was not just so good and Alex finished 5th in this heat, giving him a grid slot of 3rd for the A Final.
 
In the final Alex's start dropped him a few places, but he maintained his challenge and Alex and team mate Tom  worked together to try to catch the two leaders who were just beyond their reach and Alex finished 4th overall.
 
Well done to Team Fusion with success in the Top 5 drivers.
 
 
PRE SEASON TESTING IN SPAIN 
 
During February half term Alex travelled to the Campillos circuit in the beautiful Andalucia countryside near Malaga in southern Spain.    This testing was important as it gave Alex valuable track time in dry conditions, although the wet tyres did have to make an appearance during the weekend.   Alex loved this circuit and was on the pace immediately being described as 'litt' !!
 
 
Campillos, Spain February 2013
ALEX MAKES DETERMINED START TO NEW SEASON
 
Kicking off 2013 in style - Alex secured a fantastic race win at the weekend at the Dorset track of Clay Pigeon Kart Club.
 
Amid horrendous weather conditions, Alex entered the 2 stroke class showcasing the new IAME engine.   As he was the only competitor to use the new engine, Alex was positioned in each of the heats on the last spot on the grid.   Undeterred by this, Alex spotted the opportunity to test his overtaking skills and during the 6 lap heats, made his way swiftly through the grid to finish 4th in each of the heats.
 
Once again, in the final, the organisers placed Alex in the last grid position for the final.   The final was run over 10 laps which was enough for Alex to make his way through the pack to finish in 1st place securing the fastest lap time of the day for the cadets.
 
 
In the week before, Alex raced at the Lincoln circuit of PFI in a class dedicated to the IAME engine class.   There were 64 entries to this class and Alex excelled by finishing 7th overall admitting himself that a few slight errors could have seen him further up the results.   He was the second quickest driver in timed practice and secured 3rd and 5th place respectively in the heats. 
 
2013 SEASON PREVIEW
 
Alex is preparing for a busy exciting year ahead as he enters his final year in the Cadet class.
 
Alex will remain with Fusion Motorsport within the Junior Team under the leadership of Junior Team Manager, Dan Hart.  Due to lack of budget, Alex was not able to move to the Senior team.   However, the coaching and rapport built up between Alex and  Dan proved successful in 2012 with Alex securing 7th in both the FKS and Super One Championships and Alex being named as the MSA Cadet Rookie Champion for 2012. 
 
In 2013, Alex will compete in 3 British Championships - MSA IAME British Championship, Super One Comer Championship and the IAME Little Green Man Championship. 
 
All of Alex's supporters have renewed their valuable support for 2013 and Mum and Dad are always keen to welcome any new support for Alex.   Any interested individuals or businesses can make contact at mail@rosepark.plus.com to discuss how your support can benefit you.
 
 
BAHAMAS - WOW - WHAT AN EXPERIENCE !
 
Flying out from Heathrow on a dark November's morning, none of the group of karters and their entourage could imagine what the next 11 days had in store.
 
Touch down in Nassau to rain was not quite the welcome they were anticipating, but that was where the similarities to the UK ended.  A Bahamian band, grid girls and officials welcomed the tired but very excited drivers to the island.  A short trip to the 5* Sheraton Hotel later and Welcome to the Bahamas!
 
The team had 3 days of karting demonstrations.   At the first event, held on the original site of the first ever World Karting Competition in 1959, (now the car park of the Thomas Robinson stadium), the boys demonstrated a 'race style' event for the crowds of local people and dignatories who had arrived on a very hot Sunday afternoon.   The boys thoroughly enjoyed showing off their moves and there even was a few minor incidents which showed the closeness of the 'racing'   The second and final event was within the Bahamas Speed Week Revival timetable where the boys once again demonstrated their skills on the streets of Nassau in a Hillclimb on the Saturday and a street circuit on the Sunday.   These two days were described as amazing, although I think the cadets enjoyed coming down the hill more than going up the hill.   And the feeling of 'racing' 5 abreast along the main straight with the sea and sand to your left, the cruise ships in the distance in the blue seas and the sand blowing in your eyes - Amazing.
 
 
During the week, the boys got an opportunity to showcase their karts and talk to local school children about their experiences.   Alex, together with Fusion team mate Josh Smith visited 2 schools, St Andrews Private School and the Government High School.  Safe to say that this was a truly emotional time for all involved and the welcome from these kids was unbelievable.   This was the first opportunity for many to see a kart and they all wanted autographs and photographs.  This was possibly a little taster of what it might be like as a Formula One Star of the future ...........
 
 
There was little time for relaxation during the time in the Bahamas as more and more 'official' invitations were offered and too good to turn down, including VIP entrance to the official opening ceremony and drivers briefing, a trip to the Zoo, invitation, courtesy of Speed Week driver and Bahamas resident Peter Vlasov to the Beach Party at Albany Private Resort owned by Tiger Woods and Ernie Elys, the VIP Charity Ball, and a farewell party at Frankie Gone Bananas.  The team rubbed shoulders with the Queen's Representative, the Governor General of the Bahamas, Sir Arthur Foulkes, various government Ministers and a special mention to Sir Stirling Moss and Lady Moss who spoke to every single karter and their families.   Sometimes we were a little embarrassed by the focus of attention given to the karters during the Speed Week activities, but the car drivers did not seem to mind and the karters even brought the activities of the week to a standstill with a photoshoot on the start / finish line at the end of the event.
 
 
Resident Commentator Henry Beaudette wrote a blog for the entire duration of our stay which can be found on www.formularkartstars.com - a very interesting read!!
I think I will leave the final words to Henry and his last entry in his blog which sums it all up.    Alex and his mum and dad want to thank Carolynn Hoy for this experience and hope that Alex may have inspired some young people in the Bahamas and we want to say just how much we appreciate all the effort that Carolynn and her team did in making the trip such a resounding success.

 

'Firstly the Bahamas is a beautiful place. The enthusiasm we have met from everyone at Speed Weeks has been incredible. The authorities and Government have been overwhelmingly supportive, as have the rest of the BSWR competitors. The food is tremendous, especially if you like fish or anything with a kick to it and some of the beaches, resorts and views are second to none. The reception at Frankie Gone Bananas was a perfect send off and by the end of the week our drivers were getting stopped in the streets as they were being recognised from the amount of TV and newspaper coverage we received. Visiting the schools was truly emotional and it is one memory I will never forget and the sight of our karts on the streets and hills of Arawak Cay brought a tear to my eye.

 

More than 60 people formed part of the FKS group. You were all amazing. You played our part; you inspired, entertained and won the hearts of a nation. Above all else you all worked b***** hard. I cannot thank the organisers enough for the experience and the opportunity and I hope it won’t be our last visit to this wonderful place.

Nassau’s motto is ‘Forward, Upward, Onward, Together.’ Formula Kart Stars and all our drivers are proud to be a part of this.

And above all else remember one thing: ‘Smile and Wave boys, Smile and Wave.'

 

 
Alex was invited to take part in the Bahamas Speed Week Revival as a reward for finishing in the top 10 of the Formula Kart Stars MSA British Championship.   Alex and mechanic dad were treated to an all expenses paid trip, with just Mum having to pay for her flight.  
 
Thank you FKS
 
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