Alicia Goundry became one of the youngest drivers to compete in the Junior Saloon Car Championship this weekend as she made her debut at Anglesey. At just fourteen-years of age, Alicia made quite an impression by qualifying inside the top-10 in her Citroen Saxo before going on to finish race two in a highly commendable tenth position. Despite an early retirement in race one, Goundry will be pleased with her progress as she begins her car racing career.
After a period of testing throughout last season and the beginning of this, Alicia was ready for her first car racing event which took place in the Junior Saloon Car Championship at Anglesey. Following practice sessions on Friday, Goundry took to the track for qualifying on Saturday morning aiming for a trouble-free session. From the outset, Alicia was showing her pace, jumping inside the top-10 on her opening laps and setting a consistent pace. Improving her times during the session, Goundry ended qualifying with a highly impressive ninth place result, beating the majority of her fellow rookie drivers.
Race one took place later that day with Alicia starting from the fifth row of the grid. Taking her first ever car racing start, Goundry was hoping to hold her position and develop her racecraft as the event progressed. Unfortunately, Alicia pulled into the pits on the first lap to retire from the race, a disappointing start but she was determined to fight back in race two the following day.
Looking to bounce back from her disappointment of the previous day, Alicia lined up tenth for race two courtesy of her second fastest time in qualifying. Goundry made a great start and moved up to ninth after the opening lap and was consequently in a battle with fellow female driver Lydia Walmsley for eighth position. After briefly claiming the position, Alicia fell back and consolidated ninth during the middle portion of race. On lap 11, Goundry fell back to 11th after the charging Sam Kirkpatrick was able to get past and allowed Ronan Pearson to take a position away. Gaining a position back on the final lap, Alicia finished in tenth, a fantastic effort on just her first weekend in car racing.
Showing strong and consistent pace throughout the weekend, Alicia should be more than satisfied with her first weekend in the Junior Saloon Car Championship. Competing against more experienced drivers, Goundry more than held her own and showed flashes of speed which may see her challenge towards the top-5 during the remainder of the season. In just two weeks’ time Alicia will be back on track for the next round of the Junior Saloon Car Championship where she will hope to continue her progress and challenge for her best result to date.