Coby is closing in on championship lead

ALYX COBY is set to mount a serious challenge for the IAME X30 Junior class title as the Motorsport Ireland Karting Champion-ship heads into its penul- timate round on Sunday in Watergrasshill, Cork.

The 13-year-old com-petitor from Clondalkin, currently sits second overall in the series, just 20 points off the lead and 53 ahead of third place.

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And with the top three finishers in this year’s championship winning a trip to compete in the IAME X30 World Finals at LeMans in France in October, she is sure to be going all out for victory in Cork and in the final round in Tynagh, Co. Galway at the end of September.

Coby turned in another strong performance in her last championship outing at Whiteriver Park in Louth where she started second on the grid after third place finishes in both qualifying heats.

In the first final, she dropped back to fourth by the end of the first lap and, with the top four locked in a close wheel-to-wheel battle for the duration of the race, she made it back up to third by the chequered flag.

Starting the second final in third place, she managed to retain the position through the first corner as the karts behind got tangled up.

Over the next four laps the top three were separated by just over two-tenths of a second before Coby made a move up the inside of turn three to take second place on lap five.

She then put in a string of fast laps to pull back the time lost during the overtake, catching the leader by more than two tenths of a second a lap.

By the time she started the last, she had caught the race leader, but a slow-moving back marker cost her three seconds as the karts went through the chicane and she had to settle for second place.

What’s more she also set the fastest lap in the final, no less than her sixth time achieving such a feat this season.

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