Louis Harvey pushed back mechanical issues and poor qualifying setbacks to finish 10th, in only his second race in the Superone British Karting championship against the top 30 Junior TKM drivers in the country this weekend at Little Rissington kart Circuit.
After the bad luck and atrocious weather for round one at Rowrah 12 year old Louis was pinning his hopes on a good result in round two at one of his home circuits. With a glorious weather forecast and things were looking good and initial practise sessions were looking good.
But in timed qualifying something was wrong with the kart and Louis had to settle for 29th out the 31 driver which was a serious confidence knock for the rookie driver. Louis was keen to impress as he had been joined by one of his sponsors David Mitchell from DNA-rB, and people from Malmesbury keen to see him drive but the poor qualifying position meant he had some serious work to do.
Heat one saw him work his way up the field avoiding crashes and pulling off some fantastic overtake to finish 16th, mid pack. The challenge was to do this again in heat two in order to maximise points for the Final 1 starting position.
Heat two had two false starts and after making up a number places in the first two laps the heat was red flagged and everything reset putting Louis back to 29th for the restart. Some more fantastic overtaking and having made up numerous places Louis was side swiped by a kart he was overtaking and for the second in a Superone event had the front wheel valve damaged and spun him across the track where a following kart collided with his front end damaging the kart and dropping his nose cone. Undeterred and with a deflating tyre he continued to race to the flag coming in dead last with an additional 10 second penalty for the dropped nose cone.
Louis’ efforts saw his points total reward him a 19th starting position for final 1 on the Sunday morning. And after a great start was up to 12th position. A hard race ensued with endless position swapping for him to final cross the line maintaining his 12th position.
Final 1 finishing position meant he was starting 12th for Final 2 and Louis was keen to just maintain his position and cross the finish line incident free. However by the end of lap 1 he was up into 10th and making up places. By lap 8 he was up to 8th position and a great race then broke out between 4 drivers all battling for position to the finish line with Louis eventually taking the chequered flag in 10th. This has moved him up to 16th place in the overall standings for the 2017 Superone British Karting championship.
Louis would like to thank everyone who came to watch him race locally, all his supporters and sponsors. His next Superone round is in 3rd / 4th June at Clay Pigeon raceway in Dorchester.