KARTING: TEN-YEAR-OLD Chester schoolboy Alexander O'Sullivan has taken the DKC 2003 WTP Cadet Kart Championship in his first ever season of competition, after winning his final race at the Glan-YGors Parc meeting.
The Abbey Gate Junior School pupil's win is a remarkable achievement and has brought him to the attention of Italian manufacturers Maranello Karts, who are now talking with his race engineers, Griffin Racing, about the possibility of a works-supported drive for the 2004 season.
They are hopeful this could signal the start of a very promising career in motor racing.
Alexander, who lives in Northop Hall, only started racing in March this year and has taken part in just nine races.
His success at the North Wales track was not without its problems.
Driving his 'old faithful' 1998 Zip 06 chassis, Alexander struggled throughout practice, troubled by a faulty carburetor and then a snapped chassis, which caused a huge spin in heat one and threatened to put him out of the meeting altogether.
Temporary repair work for heat two was enough to start him on the second row of the grid for the final.
Needing to finish fourth or better to secure the championship, he defied a failing chassis repair and still-spluttering carburetor to claim first place.
'I just couldn't believe it, said Alexander. 'After the trouble with the carburetor and the chassis, I was really expecting a midfield finish at best.
'But the two guys on the front row of the grid must have been watching each other because I was able to take them both on the same corner, and after that I just kept my head down and went as fast as I could.'
Alexander, who recorded the fastest lap of the weekend, is now seeking commercial sponsorship to assist him in future efforts and is currently in discussions with a number of potential backers from Chester and North Wales.