Huge congratulations to Year 8 pupil Bart Harrison who achieved a momentous win at the weekend when he claimed victory in the IAME Winter Cup in Valencia.
Racing for Mick Barrett Racing, Bart defeated Aaron Walker (Strawberry Racing) and Freddie Slater (Fusion Motorsport) in the last lap of an exhilarating X30 Junior Final which featured wheel-to-wheel battles and multiple leader changes.
After five laps of the 17-lap X30 Junior final, Bart found himself in a five-way battle for the lead, running much of the latter stages of the race in second and third position.
Shuffled down to third as he approached the final corner of the final lap, Bart made an intelligent move, choosing this moment to power past Walker and Slater to take the race to the astonishment of the crowds and commentator, who exclaimed in excitement:
â€˜Bart Harrison has stolen it from them all! Absolutely majestic. Such wisdom from Bart Harrison.
â€˜You couldnâ€™t find a nicer gent in the paddock to grab the victory. Heâ€™s worked so hard all winter and is a very, very popular winner here. Brilliant job. Brilliant race. What a champ.â€™
Bartâ€™s parents, Martyn and Sally Harrison, who have supported Bartâ€™s karting career since he first showed an interest in racing at the age of 8, were thrilled to witness his first European Series win.
Speaking from Valencia, Martyn said: â€˜Bart only took the decision to move up to the X30 Junior class this year and to see him win one of the most prestigious events on the European karting calendar is phenomenal, especially as he has never raced at Valencia before. His composure under pressure and his focussed approach to the event have stood him in good stead, with consistency of speed being the reward.
â€˜Itâ€™s back to earth when we return to England. The next race is round three of the PFI Winter Series at the end of February.
â€˜Apart from the trophy, which is heading back to England with our engine builder as itâ€™s too big to fit in our luggage, Bart has won free entry to each of the Euro Series rounds as well as to the World Series at Le Mans later in the year. Itâ€™s almost too much to take in.â€™