IT was a weekend of two halves for Harrison Morrow, as he experienced contrasting fortunes at round three of the Whilton Mill Kart Club Championship.
The Solihull racer enjoyed a productive day of practice on Saturday and set a new personal best lap time, as well as test out his new brakes and capitalise on the good weather.
Race day on Sunday opened with the a sixth-placed start on the grid in heat one, in which Harrison was advised to stay in the pack of faster drivers as long as possible to learn from them.
The weekend included a number of high-profile racers that have already received F1 team backing, so it would always be a learning curve for the young driver.
He initially made a bright start, but when spinning around a tight corner later in the race, he lost ground and although managing to recover, finished 33rd.
The second heat brought a 27th placing on the grid, finishing 26th in a race blighted by crashes.
Harrison, taking on the fifth corner, was hit by another kart and spun off the track, dropping back behind the pack.
An extended safety kart period ensued later in the race after a further crash by a competitor, but his finish gave him a slot in 18th in the final heat.
After two karts collided during the first lap of the heat, Harrison was forced to go off track and struggled to get back into the race from there – finishing 33rd.
He started 14th from 15 entrants in the B final, and was unable to demonstrate the pace he had the day before with slower karts stuck in front.
His 13th-placed finish brought immense frustration, but admitted that “there will be better weekends” and that “the bad race days make him even more determined to do well”.
Harrison and his team have a week’s break prior to the Shenington IKR round two over the weekend of April 6 and 7.