SOLIHULL racer Harrison Morrow heads into the final race of his debut year in racing on Monday on the back of an eventful afternoon at the BKC Winter Cup at Whilton Mill.
The ten-year-old’s previous outing was not without incident, with the one-off event providing yet more twists and turns for the Total Trouble Racing team.
Equipped with a stock engine, Morrow enjoyed a productive afternoon in Saturday’s practice, recording decent pace and ranking third out of 14 competitors in a timed session later in the afternoon.
On race day, the Monkspath driver was placed 23rd on the grid for heat one and rose eight places to 15th, enough to challenge the leader in his class.
But after a mistake on lap four caused the youngster to spin off track, Harrison found himself in 20th and lost ten seconds on his rivals.
The admirable response made up for lost time, recording the fastest lap in the third sector of the race to finish in 19th.
After starting in 30th on the grid for heat two, Morrow was denied a 14th-place finish after incurring a number of penalties. Consequently, the TTR racer ranked 25th to add further frustration.
The attacking mentality of Morrow remained throughout the pre-final, albeit to his detriment, as the raising of the black flag signalled his disqualification from the race after racking up another string of penalties.
Harrison started last in the final, this time being advised to maintain his composure in the early rounds before being allowed the freedom to attack in the latter laps.
The game plan initially worked to perfection as Morrow made up eight places to start lap five in 25th, but he soon got caught up in a crash further ahead in the field.
In an attempt to avoid the melee of karts, Harrison veered wide but only onto the grass, where he lost control and crashed into a barrier – resulting in a DNF to end his weekend.
Despite the understandable disappointment of the weekend, Morrow and his team take several positives from the event, having recorded some of the fastest laps across the various sessions.
A final testing session takes place this weekend, prior to Monday’s trip to Cardiff for a two-hour endurance race to round off the year.