Hanley Castle High School student Alistair Cresswell narrowly missed out on the Motor Sport British Karting Championship title after an on-track incident prevented him from winning in his debut season.

Coming up against seasoned campaigners who have been competing in the championship for up to 4 years, Alistair proved what a bright future he has after missing out on the title by the smallest of margins in the final race of the competition.

Due to COVID-19 the championship was condensed into a fewer number of weekends and after a strong start and winning the penultimate Motor Sport Championship race weekend, Cresswell went into the final round at Paul Fisher International Kart circuit 5 points ahead of his nearest rival.

Cresswell had not raced at this track in Junior TKM before so it was going to be a challenge however he took the lead in the pre-final on the last lap before being hit from behind, which meant he finished .03 of a second behind his main championship rival to secure 2nd place in the pre-final.

Going into the final needing to beat his main rival Cresswell was hit again, this time off the track.

The culprit was given a penalty for his actions but it left Cresswell fighting his way back through the pack chasing down the front runners and eventually finishing in a position on track to secure 2nd place in the Motor Sport UK British Championship.

He missed out out on the Championship win by a small points margin which was gutting as without being hit, Cresswell could have challenged for the win.

His next main event will be Britain’s Finest in November where he will be running the number 2 seeded plate and looking to go one better.

Cresswell is part of the Tim Wilson Motorsport Racing Team and will be looking to compete again in 2021 and will be looking for sponsorship for the 2021 season.