SOLIHULL racer Harrison Morrow earned a first-ever podium finish and trophy after finishing third at round four of the Shenington Sprint Series – despite battling against tricky conditions.
Following a number of recent setbacks, Harrison went into Saturday’s practice full of determination to get off to a good start ahead of race day on Sunday, and enjoyed a productive day on the track where he found consistent pace despite the slow track.
His team were confident of the kart set-up, with dry conditions forecast for race day, and so their positivity was justified when Morrow was the third-fastest driver in qualifying – finishing three hundredths of a second slower than second.
Morrow also finished third in the opening heat, after a race-long battle with another kart, whilst another third place followed in heat two.
Heavy showers made driving difficult on the track after coming into play at the tail end of heat two and at the beginning of heat three, though that did not phase the Solihull karter, who eventually finished third and posted the fastest lap of the heat.
Changing weather conditions made it a difficult choice for Harrison’s team as they prepared to set-up the kart for the final, not least due to recent mechanical problems that had hindered Morrow’s performance.
Eventually, the team settled on using intermediate tyres, which initially worked well, until the sun began to dry out the track.
With the two leading karts opting for slick tyres, alongside some of the chasing pack, Morrow had a battle on his hands to close out the race in third place.
However, after digging in deep, he guided the kart over the finish line and punched the air in delight after claiming his maiden podium place.
It was just reward for the effort that the young karter has put in during his debut season, and now offers him a key landmark in which to build upon.
He enjoys a week off to reflect on his podium place, before returning to the track for round six of the Shenington Kart Racing Club Championship.