Junior X30 racers Alfie Brown and Callum Bradshaw will represent Britain in this year’s annual CIK-FIA Academy Trophy.
The duo teamed up last season with the BKC Racing squad within club competition. They are both racing in the Junior X30 Tour this term, with Brown scoring victory at the series’ opening round last month. Brown has significant karting experience and was supported by the Racing Steps Foundation in 2013. But Bradshaw, 14, has only completed two full seasons’ of racing. Bradshaw’s dad Peter owned a British Superbike outfit until 2010 when the family opted to focus on Bradshaw Jr’s karting career.
“I’m stunned that I’ve been chosen,” Bradshaw said, “seeing as though I’ve not been competing in karting for long or been around the paddock. The Academy Trophy will hopefully improve my ability as I’ll be racing against some top drivers and it will really help my racecraft. I’ve never been to the circuits on the calendar other than Le Mans which I managed to be very quick at.”
Bradshaw added that he will look to further learn from Brown: “I’ve gained so much from being Alfie’s team-mate last season and into this year. We work really well alongside each other, and I’m learning each weekend. I’m always looking for top spot, so I’ll be going out there to impress.”
Brown, who has former British karting champion Jake Dennis as a friend and mechanic added: “I’m over the moon to be selected, it’s a great opportunity to race abroad. I’m currently karting just for fun, but this could open up doors to other sponsors and more of a career in motorsport.
“I’ve known Jake Dennis since I was eight years old. I’ll use his experience of making the switch from club to international karting as I’m always learning from the steps that he’s taken. Hopefully he’ll be able to spanner me at some Academy Trophy weekends.”