Hemsworth go-karter Harry retains British Championship

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Hemsworth teenager Harry Barlow has become the first young go-karter to retain the British Championship.

The 13-year-old Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy student gained seven podium finishes out of eight races to be crowned British Easykart Cadet Karting champion in Suffolk last weekend.

He took his first title in September last year.

It was Harry’s last UK race as a cadet as he will move into the Easykart junior section - where he will race full-size karts against drivers aged between 13 and 17 - from November.

Harry, of Gargrave Crescent, will also compete for the world championships in Italy on October 13-20.

Dad Mark Barlow said: “He is over the moon, he was absolutely ecstatic to win. He is the first cadet karter to do the double.

“There was a lot of pressure on Harry to keep his number one place and he showed he can do it. The weekend’s race just proved he is a true champion. It went down to the final race as he qualified in third.

“Any one of the leading drivers could have taken the win in the pre-final race but Harry kept calm. In the final, Harry slipped down to fourth place but he took the lead with three laps to go and won the race.”

Follow Harry Barlow Racing on Facebook to find out more about his world championship battle and for live video links of him competing in Italy next month.