MALMESBURY'S Louis Harvey enjoyed a wonderful weekend in round two of the Ultimate Karting Championship as he moved to second place in the standings.

On only his second outing of 2022 due to limited sponsorship, and after receiving some devastating news about the untimely death of his 2021 team mechanic and family friend, Harvey put on a fantastic performance at Warden Law in Sunderland.

In his first two heats, Harvey finished first after starting third and fifth after beginning in 23rd to kick his weekend off in style.

Harvey charged through from 19th to sixth in his third outing, but a displaced nose-cone resulted in a five-second penalty which consequently dropped him back down to 13th.

With the heat-points added up, Harvey began the super heat in second - a position he finished in after calmly re-taking that spot on the penultimate lap.

Beginning third for the main final, the Malmesbury racer watched on as a questionable start from the second-placed kart allowed his rival to take the lead.

The leader had dropped to second by lap two, and due to a mechanical issue decided to defend his position. This caused Harvey to back up and take evasive action, during which Harvey dislodged his nose-cone and was pushed wide dropping him way down the field.

The Wiltshire teenager managed to work his way back up to seventh before the nose-cone penalty saw him placed in 11th for the final standings and just three points behind the leader in the championship.

Harvey said: β€œIt was a very hard weekend for everyone under the circumstances, and although I didn't win, I did my best.

"It was a nice mark of respect that the whole weekend's racing was dedicated to Ash who was a massive part of the karting community, a great mechanic, and a friend who taught me so much last year about the Rotax class. I will never forget him or his funny sayings.”