Poor qualifying and mixed weather conditions hampered Louis Harvey’s round three results in the British SuperOne Karting Championship this weekend at Clay Pigeon Raceway in Dorchester coming home 24th out of 28 drivers in the final.
Despite running well at this circuit in a club round last month the same chassis and sprocket set up just didn’t have the pace in qualifying resulting is a disappointing 21st place for the start of the heats.
Still determined to turn things around Louis pushed hard in heat 1 making up 9 places to finish 12th and scoring good points.
Looking to repeat this result in heat 2 and ensure a good position for final 1 Louis entered the first corner with good pace but just ahead of him a kart had spun in the chicane causing everyone to take evasive action and break hard. Will Orton running just ahead of Louis moved across and the two karts collided causing Will to spin collecting another Kart and came to rest on top of Louis’s kart.
Fuelled with adrenaline the youngster lifted both kart and driver off of his kart and got him going before jumping back behind the wheel and giving chase. Both drivers put in good lap times despite the damage to their karts but Louis had a dropped Nose resulting in a 10 second penalty and dead last.
With the points added up Louis was to start in 21st place for final 1. Just as the karts were to go onto the dummy grid the rain came and there was a frantic rush to change tyres. Not knowing how long the rain would last it was a gamble on tyre pressure. A brilliant start and Louis was up to 9th by the second lap but as the track dried and the tyres over heated he lost grip and slowly dropped back through the pack crossing the line in 18th place.
The result from final 1 determines the start position for Final 2 and Louis gridded up in 18th position hoping for a good result now the weather had dried up. This was not to be the case as on lap 3 having gained 2 places already he was hit off the track in the chicane and over the kerbing, dropping him back to 24th position. A valiant drive saw him muscle his way back up the 20th position.
With just a minute left of the race the rain came down and a large number of karts span off the track promoting him back up the order until 10 seconds from the last lap board when the race was red flagged. This resulted in the results being calculated back to the previous lap before the karts spun off putting Louis back to 20th. On entering parc ferme the youngster was dealt another blow when he realised that the shunt earlier in the race had again dislodged his nose cone and another 10 second penalty was award dropping him back further to 24th.
Despite the bad result Louis was lucky enough to meet Billy Monger the F4 driver who recently suffered life changing injuries in an accident at Donnington Park. Louis said it was great to meet Billy, I have followed him for some time and after his crash we supported him with a donation and did the Thruxton track walk to raise more money. Mum, dad and my sister along with her friend Sasha Oates (sister of fellow driver Zak Oates) all got to meet him as well and he was always smiling.