An emotional weekend for Louis Harvey in Round 2 of the British Karting Championships saw him excel in the heats putting him on pole for the pre final, only to be pushed over his breaking point off into the gravel trap on the first corner.

This meant Harvey lost much needed points and would have to start from the back of the grid for the main final in which he showed he was still the driver to beat.

Louis Harvey entered the second round of the British Karting Championships at Fulbeck Kart Circuit feeling very positive, knowing this was a track that he performs well at having set a previous lap record and wining the inaugural ROK series there.

Practise went well and Harvey set the fastest lap in timed qualifying setting him up for two pole position starts in heats 1 and 2.

Heat 1 and Harvey lead the field for the first 12 laps slipping to second place periodically on lap 13.

Harvey defended well on the last lap but a few corners from the end encountered an out of position kart causing him to make a last minute change of direction and opening the door for the trailing drivers.

Harvey was pushed wide onto the grass and dropped to 4th.

Heat 2 and not such a good start saw Harvey in second place and battling for the lead.

The leading three karts battled cleanly throughout the race with Harvey taking the lead on lap 11 which he held until the finishing line on lap 14.

Points added and Harvey was set up nicely with a pole position for the pre final which is the race that determines the starting position for the main final and is also a championship points scoring round.

Harvey was hoping for a nice clean start and to set the pace for the race.

As the karts slowed for the first corner and to the amazement of the commentators one of the drivers a few rows back pushed all the karts ahead of it into each other, spinning some off and pushing Harvey off into the gravel trap.

By the time Harvey had recovered the kart and got going again he was half a lap down.

Harvey managed to recover to 15th place by the end of the race.

Disappointingly no action was taken in reference to the first corner incident.

Now Harvey really had his work cut out if he was going to recover any hope of a podium finish and championship points.

Undeterred the talented youngster embraced his back of the grid starting position as an opportunity to demonstrate how to cleanly work your way through the field with a flawless demonstration of driver skill and determination.

By lap 7 he was already up to 5th and pushing hard for the lead which he took on lap 11.

Hoping to drive away and create some space for the final few laps Harvey pushed hard until disaster struck on lap 15 when he clipped the kerbing awkwardly bending his sprocket and damaging the chain.

This resulted in an instant lack of drive dropping him back down the field to finish 9th.

Harvey was disappointed but proud of what he had achieved by clearly showing that he had the pace and skill to win from the back but on this occasion luck was not on his side.

Harvey will compete in the final round of the British Kart Championships at the Paul Fletcher International Kart Circuit in Grantham in two weeks’ time and will be racing this weekend at Shenington Kart circuit where he hopes to maintain his Shenington Kart Club Championship lead.