The Motor Sports Association congratulates 2009 MSA British Junior Kart Champion Alexander Albon on capturing the 2010 CIK-FIA European KF3 Championship title.
Red Bull-backed Albon, 14 from Suffolk, beat dozens of international rivals to the coveted European title at the Belgian Genk circuit last weekend.
He was joined on the podium by fellow Briton Harrison Scott, with 2009 MSA British Junior Kart Championship runner-up Jake Dennis a commendable fourth. Meanwhile 2008 MSA British Cadet Kart Champion Roy Johnson – whom the MSA has nominated to represent the UK in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy later this year – recorded the fastest race lap.
Albon said: “It felt so amazing to win the European title and I think it was the biggest achievement of my karting career so far. The MSA British Junior Kart Championship was a great training ground for me because the competition is so strong and the weather conditions are always varied, which helps you to become a good all-round driver who’s prepared for anything.”
MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton said: “Alex confirmed his potential by winning the MSA British Junior Kart Championship last year and, now that he has taken the European KF3 title, it is clear that he has a bright future ahead of him. Congratulations also to Harrison, Jake and Roy, who have shown that UK motor sport continues to produce talent in abundance.”
Albon began karting competitively at eight years old, winning the Honda Super 1 Championship and the Kartmasters Grand Prix. In 2008 he stepped up to KF3, finishing third overall in the MSA British Junior Kart Championship, which he duly won last season. This year is his first as a member of Italian kart manufacturer Intrepid’s Driver Program.
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is the national governing body for four-wheeled motor sport in the UK, responsible for the regulation and administration of the sport. The MSA is a member of the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and holds a seat on the World Motor Sport Council. The MSA represents 33,000 licence holders, 15,000 volunteer marshals and officials, more than 750 member clubs and issues permits for 5000 motor sport events every year.
In recent years the MSA has expanded its remit to cover the development of the sport and currently invests in excess of £1m a year in the three elements of its Whole Sport Plan. ‘Grow’ targets an increase in participation levels, ‘Sustain’ invests in the infrastructure of the sport, its clubs and its people, and ‘Excel’ focuses on training future world champions and educating their peers.
Release MSA10-041: 15 July 2010
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