MALMESBURY schoolboy Louis Harvey secured his second runners-up finish in as many weeks when he came home second at the Midlands Championship at Rissington Kart Club.

Competing in the Junior TKM class, 12-year-old Harvey promised to deliver victory for friend and fellow karter Connor Kearney, who broke his arm in a recent accident.

After a wet qualifying, Harvey set off from 11th on the gird in heat one and a stunning start saw him up for fourth. However, he suffered a spin when moving off the dry line and although he did recover a few places, he ended well down the pack.

Harvey began heat two from 16th position and immediately made his way through a competitive pack to finish the race an impressive seventh.

Things went even better in heat three as, after setting off from third on the grid, Harvey took the lead on the first lap. He led almost the entire race but was finally passed by two riders on the final lap to finish third.

With two good results under his belt, Harvey started the final from sixth place and after a few false starts, he was able to jump a place early on.

The leaders swiftly began to pull clear but not to be deterred, Harvey kept his head down and started to close the gap. He was up to fourth before the mid-race point before a stunning pass saw him move into third.

A sublime piece of late braking then allowed Harvey to jump into second place before the chequered flag fell.