19th Dec, 2018

Leamington racer Graham triumphs in dramatic finale

Craig Gibbons 16th Nov, 2018

KARTING star Harry Graham secured the BirelArtUK Series by just one point after a tense final meeting at Whilton Mill.

The North Leamington School student headed into the championship finale with a 15-point gap over his nearest rival Callum Gunning.

Qualifying for Graham was not the greatest as he went out on a wet track with dry tyres.

He ended up qualifying in sixth for the heat race.

The heat race got off to a disappointing start as Graham was sent out on wet tyres on a drying track.

As the tyre pressures were set too high, they started to overheat which meant he struggled to gain places.

Graham eventually came home in sixth.

There was more tyre trouble for the young racer in the pre-final as he started on slicks but just as the lights went out it started to rain.

Due to a lack of grip Graham dropped down the order to 12th position.

More bad luck came moments later when he fell to 17th following a spin caused by avoiding a mistake made by Joe Sheppy.

Graham then gained two places before the chequered flag to come home in 15th.

The track was wet for the main final but this time around Graham had the correct tyres for what would be the championship-deciding race.

After the first three laps he shot up to eighth before making his way up to sixth.

However, in the final few laps he dropped back down to eighth but, with Gunning only in fourth, it meant Graham clinched the title by a single point.

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