A six-year-old go-karter from Banbury is going from strength to strength after winning his first race.
Alfie Briggs, pictured, has been karting since August when his parents Emma and Steve Briggs brought him a 50cc Bambino Zip Kart.
He had his first top podium finish in round three of a club championship held at Tattershall Kart Centre in Lincoln on April 13.
Mrs Briggs, of Fisher Close, said: “It is indescribable how proud Steve and I are of Alfie. He eats, sleeps and drinks karting and is surrounded by lots of people in the motorsport industry, so he absolutely loves racing. Alfie is just enjoying going to the different tracks and having the challenge of trying to win each race. Tattershall will have a special place for us because of his win.” Alfie caught the karting bug last year when he attended an event organised by the charity Kart Force, which helps injured soldiers get into motorsport.
He is part of a group called GFY Racing and is joined by four other racers each week.
His parents are both involved in motorsport, with his father Steve being part of the Oxford-based race team Chamberlain Synergy who won back-to-back championships. His mum works in travel and helps organise accommodation for motorsport teams across the country.
Mrs Briggs said: “Alfie has many idols in motorsport but loves Lewis Hamilton. He hasn’t really said anything about the races but enjoys winning trophies in a really friendly environment. It is like one big family which is why we enjoy it so much.”
Alfie already has ambitions to compete in the Le Mans 24-hour race and he has been watched by the development manager from Banbury’s Formula 1 team Marussia.