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.
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.
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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
AT SUPER ONE IAME
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.
'Rainmaster Quinn doubles up at Rowrah'
'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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
CADET ROOKIE CHAMPION 2012
RANKED 7th IN UK
MSA BRITISH CADET CHAMPIONSHIPS
FORMULA KART STARS 2012