WILTSHIRE’S Louis Harvey endured a rare difficult weekend as he lost valuable points in round two of the British Junior Karting Championships.

An emotional weekend for the teenager saw him excel at times, putting him on pole for the pre-final, only for a pair of uncharacteristic errors to spoil what should have been another excellent series of racing as he ended Sunday’s main final in ninth.

The Malmesbury-racer entered the second round of the British Junior Karting Championships at Fulbeck kart circuit in confident mood, knowing this was a track that he had performed well at in the past - having set a previous lap record and winning the inaugural ROK series there.

Harvey proved his class yet again, recording the fastest lap in timed-qualifying which set him up for two pole-position starts in heats one and two.

The Wiltshire teen lead the field for the first 12 laps of heat one before slipping to second place periodically on lap 13.

Harvey appeared set for second until a wayward kart a few corners from the end caused him to find the grass and allow two drivers through, leaving Harvey in fourth.

The Malmesbury racer battled hard to hold onto his win in heat two, setting him up for pole position in the pre-final race - the championship points-scoring race that determines the starting position for the main final.

In an action-packed start, disaster struck for Harvey as a midfielder caused a pile-up at the first corner, nudging the Wiltshire teen off into the gravel and leaving him down in 15th when he eventually crossed the line.

The talented driver embraced his poor starting position, however, and battled magnificently to haul himself up into the lead by lap 11.

Harvey continued to push hard until disaster struck on lap 15 when he clipped the kerbing awkwardly, bending his sprocket and damaging the chain.

The accident badly affected the kart and saw Harvey end the week with a ninth-place finish.