Yesterday at the opening round of the British Junior Kart Championships JDR driver, Harrison Smith, was involved in a scary incident which saw his kart roll over causing him to suffer a broken collar bone.
The venue for the series opener was Whilton Mill and Harrison had been one of the surprise packages of the event putting himself 6th on the grid for Final One after a 5th and 8th in the heats from 4th on the grid.
Harrison had the pace to be in the top five and was aiming for a podium in Final Two but those hopes were shattered after he was involved in an incident at the boot which brought out the red flags.
Harrison had got off to a relatively good start in the race holding position in 8th. But as the karts came into the boot on lap 4, up ahead Morgan Porter had spun in 3rd. Four places behind Harrison was coming through unsighted and was so close to avoiding Porter, but he unfortunately clipped his front bumper which caused him to roll and become trapped under the kart.
Harrison was eventually freed by Porter and taken off to Northampton General Hospital in the ambulance before being diagnosed with a broken collar bone with an estimated 6-8 weeks recovery. This comes as devastating news to Harrison with the next Junior X30 Super One round taking place this weekend at Llandow.
The next round of the British Junior Kart Championship takes place at Shenington in six weeks time and Harrison is confident he’ll be there!
“We was on the pace right from the start on Saturday qualifying. Starting Final One in 6th, we knew we had the pace and ability to get a top 5 finish but it was not to be. I entered the boot to find Morgan Porter had spun in the middle of track. I tried to avoid him but my rear wheel caught his kart flipping me completely over. That was all I remember until the pain kicked in. I spent the rest of that race and Final Two at Northampton General Hospital where an x-Ray confirmed a broken collar bone.”
“I’m in a lot of pain and uncomfortable but fine. We proved today that we have the ability and determination to push for podium finishes in this class with drivers that are experienced and of a high standard. It would have been great to end the weekend top 5 in the championship where we should be, but lots of rest is needed now. I’m determined to be back in the seat more than ever and up my game for Round 2 at Shenington in July. Thanks to Jack Dex, JDR, Jamie Tyler and everyone who has helped and supported me and wished me well. Also thanks to my sponsor Geoff Davis and Curran IT and of course my Dad.”
Images courtesy of Stu Stretton