YOUNG Malmesbury racer Louis Harvey produced a superb performance at this weekend’s Motorsport UK’s British Karting Championship – claiming pole position and one top-10 finish.

The practice sessions went well and Harvey had the second best time for qualifying, with just over half a second separating the top 28 drivers of the 32-strong grid.

As Harvey lined up on the front row for heat one, he knew the first corner was crucial and a late braking manoeuvre put him straight into the lead.

The second half of the race saw numerous overtakes as Harvey finished in third.

Heat two saw Harvey again start well, and he settled into second place by the end.

With the points added together, Harvey would start from pole for the first of the two finals.

Despite a clean start, it was clear that Harvey was struggling with power. After dropping back, he battled to finish in the top 10 and eventually came home seventh.

From that position at the start of the second final, Harvey had his work cut out for a podium finish.

He battled hard but a collision displaced his nose cone and cost him a five-second penalty at the end of the race.

Harvey battled on to cross the line in sixth but dropped to 15th after the penalty.

Harvey third in the championship heading into the last two rounds at Wilton Mill on weekend of October 19-20.