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Harrison Thomas lands the ‘0’ Plate at Rowrah.

The Welsh teenager showed a dominant performance in the final race of the weekend to come home fully 13 seconds clear of a highly-competitive field and earn the right to carry the prestigious ‘0’ Plate for the remainder of 2015.

When facing some of the most talented junior drivers in the world, including past and reigning British and European champions as well as other stars attracted by the high level of competition in British karting. Harrison set out to prove himself early on, with regular appearances at the top of the timesheets on Friday and Saturday, eventually qualifying sixth only a shred off the fastest time.

Following on from some difficult heats, Harrison managed to get a good start in the Pre-Final allowing him 3rd place by the end of lap one where he remained for most of the race until with three laps remaining, two inspired overtaking moves vaulted him into the lead where he too the flag, placing him on pole for the main final.

In the final, Thomas led start to finish, even surviving contact with the rear of his kart until he opened up a gap in the final stages which saw him finish 13 seconds clear of second place.

“I was very surprised to win by so much – another 13 seconds covered second to eleventh,” Thomas admitted, “While I was helped by everyone else fighting amongst themselves, I always felt comfortable out front and reckon I would have been able to stay there even if I had more competition. After a difficult year in 2014, it feels great to already be British Open champion in 2015 and, after taking second place in the TVKC Winter Series, this is a promising start to the season.”

Thomas will now concentrate on the seven-round Super One national championship with only the annual trip to Kartmasters in the summer to distract him, Harrison thanks friends, family and, in particular, loyal sponsors Smerdon Tree Services and P&R Motors for their unwavering support over the past five years

 HT