Youth Motor Sport –
Young Alex Reed is gearing up to compete at several of Britain’s iconic motor sport venues in his first full season racing cars.
The 14-year-old from Horsham, pictured by John Lines, will contest the Motorsport News Ford Fiesta Junior Championship from April to October on circuits including Silverstone National, Brands Hatch, Rockingham and Donington Park.
Having impressed in karts in Sussex and Hampshire, Alex is determined to progress further when he races in front of a regular audience on national television. The Fiesta Juniors, for 14 to 16-year-old drivers, will be covered extensively by Motors TV.
Even at this level, motor sport is expensive. For Alex to race all of this season will cost at least £45,000, possibly considerably more, compared with about £10,000 in karts last year.
But Alex is fortunate to have the full support of his parents – not least the financial clout of dad Chris, managing director of international software company Trax, based in Horsham and Miami, Florida.
Hurstpierpoint College pupil Alex, who attended St Mary’s Primary School in Horsham, recalled: “When I was 10, I went to the Crawley International Karting track for a birthday party. It was very fun and I was the fastest out of everyone.
“About two years later, I started properly getting into a championship at Q Leisure in Albourne.
“The first time I ever raced I came 15th out of 32 and the next race weekend I came fourth. I was second in the championship overall in my first season and won it in my second season.
“Last year I raced Mini-Max karts with Ambition Motorsport, mostly at Forest Edge in Hampshire. I had a few wins and a few big losses and finished fifth overall.”
After passing the race licence test in May last year, Alex also contested four races in the 2012 Fiesta Juniors – two at Snetterton in September, the others at Brands Hatch in October. In the final race at Brands, he started 10th and finished fifth.
He is part of the Advent Motorsport team, based at Snetterton in Norfolk, where he has been testing his Fiesta. And he added: “I’ve also spent quite a lot of time on the Xbox, learning the Silverstone track, so I know it inside out.”
Alex is expecting to reach a top speed of about 110mph this year, 40mph more than in his kart last year, but he appears unfazed by the dangers of the sport.
He told The District Post: “I’ve had bad crashes in the past but not been badly injured. Obviously you don’t want to crash, but the safety of the cars is amazing and they protect you really well.
“I just have so much fun racing and it’s what I’m going to do with my life. My main target this year is to finish in the top band of people. Eventually I want to take the route of touring cars rather than single-seaters and my aim is to win Le Mans.”