SOLIHULL racer Harrison Morrow suffered disappointment in the fifth round of action at the Whilton Mill Kart Championship when mechanical issues stunted his push for another positive outing on the track.
He did however, manage to perform above expectations, despite also being faced with the challenge of a packed grid of 44 drivers.
Saturday practice proved fruitful, as Harrison set a number of personal bests throughout the sessions, followed up with another productive practice on race day day.
Placed in fourth on the grid in the opening heat, he got off to a poor start and dropped back behind a number of drivers, but eventually finished 14th on a grid of 29 – proving his best-ever drive.
Rain set in prior to the second heat, leading to a last minute tyre change before Morrow took up position on the grid.
However, despite racing well and finding his pace, a rear wheel became dislodged and ended his race, a frustrating result just as he was beginning to surge forward to challenge the karts in front.
His team had to work hurriedly to get Harrison back on the track for the third heat, but it was clear during the race that extensive damage had been done to the kart during the previous race, with smoke beginning to emerge from the kart.
A second DNF of the day meant that Morrow went into the B final, in which he started third on the grid and started well.
But after opting not to change tyres to adjust to the slick track, he lost pace and finished sixth – with the kart still showing issues from the earlier crash.
It was a humbling weekend for the young racer, but he could take heart from some parts of the weekend and understood that there was little he could do considering the mechanical issues.
He next takes to the track at the Shenington IKR Series this weekend, where he hopes to avoid similar drama this time around.