SOLIHULL racer Harrison Morrow had a solid start to his 2019 season in Round 1 of the Shenington Kart Racing Club Championship on Sunday.
In a race that featured a number of high-profile race teams and experienced drivers taking part, it would prove a difficult opening race to negate, with challenging weather conditions also playing a factor.
A practice day on Saturday that saw Morrow experience brake issues meant that he was unable to find a comfortable set-up for race day, added to a disappointing practice run on a greasy track for the young driver.
However, with a cautious approach taken in the first heat, Morrow eventually pushed on for the remainder of the race and grew in confidence and positioning, finishing 22nd from a 31st starting position.
A second heat saw a 26th starting position and a different kart set-up to adjust to the better track conditions, which allowed the 9-year old racer to start well.
Morrow would get caught up in a five-kart battle but performed an excellent hairpin overtake to advance up the running order.
An attempted overtake on the final corner meant a position was lost, but finishing 26th overall could be considered a strong start considering the circumstances prior to the heat.
Qualifying in 26th again for the final heat saw new slick tyres fitted by Morrow’s racing team ProTrain, which backfired with low grip throughout the heat that affected the attacking nature of the Solihull racer’s pursuit for the higher positions.
A 22nd place finish and finishing as the 2nd overall novice will make for positive reading for Harrison Morrow and his race team for an opening round of the year.
The 9-year old driver now looks ahead to this weekend’s first round of the Whilton Mill Kart Club Championship where he will look to build on the points gathered in Shenington.