This weekend saw the final round of the British Superone Series Karting championship which was attended by over 300 drivers for the three day event.
Louis Harvey was hoping to claw back some points after a series of disappointments but knew it was going to be a challenge as he had never even tested at the PFI International kart circuit in the Trent Valley.
After two wet practise sessions and only managing to get it two laps in the only dry practise session it was timed qualifying. Not to be deterred by the unfamiliar circuit the thirteen year old racer managed to qualify 18th out of the 30 drivers in the TKM field.
The weather had neem a challenge for the Friday practise and this was to continue for the Saturday heats and Sunday finals.
Heat one and a damp track saw a mixture of tyre choices with Louis opting for slicks. As the heat started it was clear that the drivers on wet tyres had an instant advantage and pulled out a gap, but as the track dried those on slicks started to close the gap quickly with Louis crossing the line 16th making up two places.
Heat two and despite the weather forecast indicating rain all drivers left the grid on slicks the first few laps were dry and then a light shower slowed the pace as drivers tried to stay on track. As the track dried the pace was restored and Louis again crossed the line 16th making up another two places.
With a final one starting position of 15th Louis was hoping for a good drive and a top 10 position for final two however this was not to be the case. As the karts entered the high speed chicane under the bridge his kart was hit from behind spinning him across the path of the chasing drivers and onto the grass. Luckily they all avoided him but he had lost two much time getting back on track and he finished 25th meaning he was starting final two from the back of the grid.
With nothing to lose and enjoying the new track he lined up for final two hoping to pull off a great recovery drive as he done in both the Rissington and GYG rounds. As the drivers entered the same piece of track where had had spun in the previous race a kart ahead of him lost a wheel causing all the following drivers to take evasive action resulting in him taking to the banked grass area to avoid a collision. He re-joined the track as quickly as possible and was soon battling to try and recover some point from what was turning out to be another frustrating round. As the timer ticked down it was clear that there was another problem as his lap times fell away with him eventually crossing the line 19th. A check of his kart and engine back in his awning showed that his engine had no compression and was subsequently down on power.
For his rookie year in the British Superone karting championship the determined young driver has achieved a number of top 10 finishes and put in lap times to challenge the leaders, unfortunately these have been overshadowed by mechanical issues and unavoidable incidents.
With the points now added and drop rounds taken into account he has finished as the 19th fastest Junior TKM driver in the country, a great achievement as the second youngest driver in the series.
With a Superone series now under his belt and the hope of increased sponsorship for 2018 he is looking forward to racing in the Formula one of karting once again.
He would not have been able to do the 2017 season without the support of his sponsors, friends and family and for this support he would like to thank you all.
Anyone interested in supporting the talented youngster can get a sponsorship pack by emailing him on firstname.lastname@example.org