Harrison Thomas takes double podium at BNL Round 2

July 6, 2017

Karting

Harrison Thomas turned his weekend around after a disastrous opening day to the second round of the BNL Karting Series to take two 2nd place finishes and keep himself in the hunt for this year’s title and a free trip to Las Vegas for the US Open.

The weekend got off to a tricky start in what was a wet qualifying session. It was the first time it had rained all weekend and the locals were able to take advantage with most of the Brits struggling to keep up, including Harrison. He eventually finished 11th out of the 19 competitors which was far from a disaster!

However, the two finals that followed were nothing short of a complete disaster. In both point scoring finals, Harrison suffered a right rear puncture that he picked up three laps in on both occasions. It was strange and helped Harrison and the KR Sport team come to the conclusion that there was something wrong with the rim.

After coming into the weekend a close 2nd in the championship, Harrison would now tumble down the standings with two disappointing scores. But day two was a new day and Harrison was determined for good results.

Unfortunately qualifying didn’t quite go to plan with Harrison finishing down in 13th place despite being just 0.3 seconds off pole. Close racing was expected and Harrison wasn’t too worried about his starting position. Once he had looked through data with the team he was able to understand where he was losing that time. 

Clearly that race prep worked as after a blistering start Harrison was quickly charging through the field! He was up to 6th after just three laps and once past Kimber and Przybylak he chased down Barrett to take 3rd. From there Harrison was able to close in on Schiefelbusch, but wasn’t quite able to pass him. Nevertheless, from 13th om the grid he was chuffed with 3rd as it would also be his starting position for final two!

An inside row two start for final two saw Harrison go straight into 2nd at the start of the second final as he tried to pull away with his teammate Joe Turney. The plan was working, but that was until Myles Apps decided to pass Harrison which lost the pair time to Turney and allowed Mick Nolten to close in.

Heading on to the penultimate lap Harrison was close to Apps, but had Nolten even closer to him with Dylan Lahaye and Fazio Franssen queuing up behind. Up at the turn three hairpin saw one of overtakes of the weekend as Harrison pulled off a move on Apps from about two kart lengths back which saw him relieve the pressure from behind and he was able to go on and finish a comfortable 2nd place.

Had he not made that move he would have been 3rd at best or even lower down the order, but that saw him pick up a huge haul of points and bring him back in contention for the championship. He’ll now have the chance of winning the title at Genk, so long as he keeps out of trouble!

After the weekend Harrison commented: “A weekend of lows ended with a couple of highs not only for me but the whole of KR Sport. I would just like to say well done to Joe for an outstanding performance all weekend and a massive thanks to Ash Orchard, Lewis Green and all at KR and cream racing engines. Also, a massive thanks to my sponsors Smerdon tree services and P&R Motors!”