LOUIS HARVEY'S final outing of 2017 in the British Super One Karting Championship rather summed up his season as a whole, which for the most part has been frustrating.

The determined 13-year-old driver from Malmesbury 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.

That was again the case when more than 300 drivers turned out for final round in the Super One series at the PFI International kart circuit in the Trent Valley – a new track for the youngster.

As the karts entered the high speed chicane under the bridge in final one, Louis's kart was hit from behind spinning him across the path of the chasing drivers and on to the grass.

Luckily they all avoided him but he had lost too much time getting back on track and he finished 25th.

He therefore had to start from the back of the grid in final two. As the drivers entered the same area of track where he had spun in the previous race, a kart ahead of him lost a wheel causing all the following drivers to take evasive action.

Louis re-joined the track as quickly as possible but it became clear that there was another problem as his lap times fell away and he eventually crossed the line in 19th.

A subsequent check of his kart showed that his engine had no compression and was therefore down on power.

With the final results in, Louis has finished 19th fastest Junior TKM driver in the country, a great achievement as the second youngest driver in the series.

And with a Super One 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.