As Brexit occupies the UK news, Alex and new teammate Scott Jeffs headed for Europe for their BRAXX-FIT.
With the first round of the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series kicking off on the 13th April in Spain, final preparations are the name of the game. This year Alex will be joined in the #90 Braxx Camaro by his old friend and Mini Challenge star driver Scott Jeffs.
“I have known Scott since I first started racing karts back in 2007 and, since then, we have both pursued different routes in our racing careers. We started chatting last year about NASCAR and I went with Scott to the Euro Series test in France. After the test, Scott was bitten by the NASCAR bug and we spent the winter working with Braxx to get him onboard as my Elite 2 driver,” commented Alex.
Alex and Scott will be the only all-British crew in this year’s series and will both be trying their best to top the podium in 2019.
“Racing again with Alex takes me back to when we both raced together at our local kart tracks at Shenington and Rissington. We had some great times together but, throughout our kart racing, we always raced in different classes. Racing now together in the same car on the same circuits is going to be great. With Alex in Elite 1 and with a year’s experience of the car and tracks, I will be relying on him to help me get up to speed as quickly as possible. Being both very competitive, we, of course, will both be keeping a watchful eye on each other’s lap times,” remarked Scott.
However, before the first race there was the important step of ensuring the driver’s seat was positioned correctly for both drivers.
“With Scott being taller than me, we have to find a position where we can both jump into the car and drive it without too much of a compromise. In qualifying, I will do my qualifying session first, then when it finishes Scott will have to jump straight in to the car for his session. There is not enough time for the team to move the seat between the sessions,” explained Alex.
The solution was a quick drive across the channel to Braxx Racing’s base near Antwerp in Belgium, for the two Warwickshire based drivers.
With the car in the final stages of build, the Braxx engineers tried numerous seat positions, pedal positions and steering wheel positions before the ideal position was found.
Now the final build of the car can be completed prior to Alex and Scott taking to the track for the first time in 2019 for a pre-race test at the Zolder race track, the last track where Alex raced the car in 2018.
Brexit is still being debated but, for now, “Braxx-fit” has been agreed and the next chapter is about to start for two of the county’s rising motorsport stars...
You can find out how Alex and Scott get on at the Zolder test, via @alexsedgwick9, or if you would like to find out more and get involved with Alex and Scott in 2019, contact Alex here.