• Fil-Brit karter to race at Le Mans

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    Alex Brown CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Alex Brown CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Filipino-British karter Alex Brown will participate in the X30 junior’s division of the Italian American Motor Engineering (IAME) International Final 2016 on October 11 to 16 at the Le Mans International Circuit in France.

    The two-time Singapore Karting champion moved to the juniors’ category this year after winning twice in the Cadet division in 2013 and 2014.

    The 12-year-old Filipino-British karter will be the youngest contender in IAME X30 junior’s division this year as he attempts to oust the 15-year-old defending champion from the United States, David Malukas.

    The tournament will be comprised of more than 430 drivers from more than 40 countries. It will showcase more than 30 different chassis brands.

    The Singapore-based Filipino racer started karting at seven and joined racing at the age of nine. He has conquered the racing tracks in Singapore, Macau and Malaysia. In 2013, the Singapore Motorsports Association awarded Brown with the Sportsmanship Award.

    He is expected to join other international racing competitions next year such as the Rotax Asia Championship in Malaysia where he participated in 2014 and finished eighth out of more than 30 racers on his rookie year. Brown hopes to race in the Philippines someday and aspires to be the first Filipino Formula One racer.

    Brown was born to Tessa Dimaano Brown, a Filipina. She moved to Hong Kong after finishing her graduate studies and transferred to Singapore in 2000 where she started her own market research company. Brown’s father is a British national working in the banking industry in Singapore.

    Kart racing is the introductory sport for young racers who aspire to join professional racing leagues such as F1 racing. Several F1 drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, and the renowned Michael Schumacher started in kart racing.

    Karting is a variant of open wheel motorsport with small, open four-wheeled vehicles called carts, which were raced in circuits. Karting is divided into four categories, namely cadet (12-13 years old), junior (13-16 years old), senior (15 years old and above), and masters (32 years old and above).

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