ALVA speedster Robbie Armit is celebrating this week after being crowned European champion at the weekend.

The Ninja Kart star earned his biggest accolade to date when he stormed across the finishing line ahead of the competition on Saturday.

With 27 youngsters on the grid, the gutsy nine-year-old qualified in second place and eventually came out on top in the battle for first.

Robbie's aunt Nicola Taylor, who watched on as the youngster claimed the gold, said the event was

She told the Advertiser: "He's absolutely delighted; it's been a long-time coming for him.

"The race is just such a big event, with drivers coming from Ireland, England and all over Scotland to compete.

"Coming in second means he was able to start on the outside lane, which he prefers.

"There was a few stoppages along the way, but he took the lead early on he did dominate the position for the majority of the race.

"Then there was a wee battle between himself and the other car in second. It can be so nerve-racking to watch, especially because they go so fast at times.

"But he held his nerve in the end and there were definitely some tears and hugs at the end. I still can't believe it."

Robbie, who attends Alva Primary School, competes in the Ninja Kart formula at the Hardie Racing Promotions raceway in Lochgelly.

It will be his final season at that level before graduating to the junior or mini-stocks.

And not content with his win, the youngster intends to mark his final year at this level with a few more trophies to his name.

Nicola added: "We're just thrilled that he has been able to win something in what will be his last season at Ninja Karts.

"The European title is definitely his biggest achievement so far, but he's already telling me that he is going for the British Championship next."