Year 8 Terrington Hall pupil Bart Harrison (12) has achieved 6th place in the 2019 Iame X30 Mini British Kart Championships. The youngest competitor in the field, Bart briefly led the competition back in June following a show-stopping performance in the fourth race of the competition at Shenington, Oxford in which he edged out his rivals in the very last lap to take first place.
Commenting on Bartâ€™s placing in the British Championships, Bartâ€™s father Martyn Harrison said: â€˜Having very briefly led the championship back in June it would be easy for Bart to feel disappointed with his final championship position, but his progress this year in the face of very tough opposition has been incredible in terms of speed, race craft and his grasp of mechanical engineering.â€™
Bart will now race on to the end of the year in X30 Mini, but test in X30 Junior in readiness for his move up to that category in January.
This year has also seen the young racing enthusiastâ€™s first foray onto the European circuit competing in the X30 Junior class in the Iame Euro Series in Castelletto, near Milan, Salbris in France and Wackersdorf, Germany at the end of July, where he delivered a truly outstanding result, taking fourth place against almost 60 of the best drivers from around the world.
Bart also competed in the Little Green Man (LGM) Championship â€“ the second highest profile karting event in the UK.
Terrington Hall headmaster Stephen Mulryne said: â€˜Achieving sixth place in the British Championships is a remarkable achievement and is testament to Bartâ€™s tenacity, determination and commitment to his sport. Setting himself a punishing schedule, he has trained and raced almost every weekend and still delivered on his schoolwork, often working on the trackside in between races to do so. Picking himself up after the inevitable knocks, he displays a winning attitude which will carry him far.â€™
The last word should go to Bart himself. When asked earlier in the season whom he considers to be his role models, Bart responded: â€˜Ayrton Senna because he made no mistakes, and Nikki Lauda because he never gave up.â€™