Harley races to success on the track

Talented karting driver Harley Haughton has been named best Honda cadet in the Northern Karting Federation after racing to success over the half term break.

Eleven year old Harley raced in the Honda and Iame classes over three days at the Three Sisters Race Circuit in Wigan where he was up against formidable opposition.

In the Honda class he was the fastest on Friday and Saturday but it all came down to the race on Sunday where he had to outscore two other opponents to win the Northern Karting Federation title.

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The first heat went badly and Harley finished in eleventh place but determination and intelligent driving paid off when he took first place in the next two heats.

After the heats it was time for the final. Harley started the final in third and it was a tense and tight race as the lead changed hands numerous times heading into the final lap. Harley, who had bided his time up to this point, pushed into second early on in the last lap then took first place half way through. Racing towards the chequered flag he managed to hold his nerve and cross the finish line four kart lengths clear of his competitors.

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Commenting on his achievement Harley said: “The heats were tough as everyone was racing at around the same speed but it was good to go into the final with the chance to win.

“In the final I took the lead quite early and although I lost a couple of places, I was always confident that I could win. Crossing the finish line in first place was amazing and picking up my trophy at Silverstone was a great experience.”

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In the Iame class Harley was in the top five on the Friday and Saturday before a troublesome day on Sunday including an issue with a stripped stub axle, an underperforming engine and some contact from other drivers saw him finish tenth in the final.

This success is the latest in a string of victories for Harley and the Formula 1 fan even got to meet one of the sport’s superstars, Lewis Hamilton, a couple of years ago.

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