Harrison Thomas wins at BNL Karting Series season opener

April 11, 2017

Karting

Harrison Thomas got his BNL Karting Series season off to a flyer at the weekend as he took both final wins on Sunday to leave the weekend a close 2nd in the championship! 

Kicking off at the Genk circuit in Belgium, Harrison had come off the back of a disappointing result at the very same circuit for the Rotax Max Euro Challenge, but showed what he can really do last weekend by dominating the most competitive class in the series.

There were 25 drivers entered into the Senior class and with under half a second separating the top 22 in qualifying the racing was always going to be close! But Harrison was never anywhere but the front of the field as he battled for the lead in all four finals of the weekend.

BNL’s format is pretty straight forward. On both Saturday and Sunday you qualify and have two finals which score equal points and the overall winner of the weekend is the driver with the most points at the end. In Final one Harrison was 3rd which was a solid start to the weekend and a good starting position for final two.

In final two Harrison got into 2nd place at the start before dropping back to 4th a couple of laps later. The battle had allowed leader Dylan Lahaye to escape and despite their best efforts Harrison and the two drivers ahead were unable to catch him which saw Harrison settling for a solid 4th place.

Day two got off to a great start with Harrison qualifying in 2nd place just four thousandths of a second off pole position! You really couldn’t get much closer than that, but a front row start still left him in good shape for the rest of the day.

In final one it took Harrison just three laps to hit the front despite dropping back to 3rd at the start. Once there Harrison controlled the race keeping a healthy lead of 0.6 seconds even with the drivers behind pushing as hard as they could which would give him his first win of the weekend and of the BNL season!

Final two was a similar story, Harrison didn’t get off to the best of starts dropping back to 3rd, but he was quick to repair the damage and built a lead of around half a second which would never be closed down. He had some of Europe’s best Rotax drivers doing all they could behind, but he went on to take yet another impressive victory to pick up another 55 points!

The weekend’s results left Harrison leaving the weekend 2nd overall and in the championship just five points behind the championship leader, Lahaye. The wins have left Harrison in great shape for the rest of the season with round two taking place at Ostricourt, France on the opening weekend of July.

Harrison Thomas “Overall I really enjoyed the weekend! There was clean racing from everyone and the kart KR Sport put under me was top class. I couldn’t have asked for more to be honest so a big thanks to them! I'd like to also thank Cream Racing Engines, my sponsors Smerdon Tree Services, P&R Motors, YRDA and my Dad for all the help and support.”