Englishman Alex Albon charged to victory in the CIK-FIA European KF3 Championship at the Belgian circuit of Genk last weekend, beating 81 other drivers in the process.
The son of former touring car ace Nigel Albon recovered from a relatively poor qualifying performance (11th) to win one of his four heats and take two runner-up finishes before winning the pre-final from pole position and then leading every lap of the 19-lap final to be crowned European KF3 Champion.
In his first year as a member of the Intrepid Driver Programme the reigning British Junior Kart Champion steered clear of the first turn chaos and cruised home with a dominant 4.7-second margin of victory over Frenchman Pierre Gasly with Albon's fellow Briton Harrison Scott third in his first season in KF3.
After winning the pre-final by three seconds from Italian Damiano Fioravanti and Dutchman Max Verstappen Albon's chances of European glory were enhanced when his Intrepid teammate Egor Orudshev was excluded from the race on technical grounds, thus reducing the number of starters for the all-important final to 33.
After setting the fastest time in qualifying and winning three of his heats, only a ninth place finish in his opening heat prevented the Russian from taking pole position for the pre-final. But when it mattered most Albon had the edge.
For Sodikart driver Gasly, second place was the result of a lengthy battle with the plucky Scott while a podium finish for Scott was a huge achievement after he qualified only 63rd fastest and just scraped into the top 34 in the intermediate classification in 29th position.
Just missing out on a podium position was Briton Jake Dennis, who had to charge his way up from 13th on the grid after becoming embroiled in a first corner collision at the start of the pre-final while Verstappen and Dutchman Peter Hoevenaars completed the top six.
Fioravanti faded to eighth in the final behind Ukrainian Daniil Pronenko with Finland's Niklas Tiihonen and Spain's Pedro Hiltbrand completing the top ten.
England's Roy Johnson set the fastest lap of the race en-route to eleventh place from the back of the grid after he retired from the pre-final at the opening corner.