Superb effort sees Lewis crowned Northern champ

Kart racer Lewis Murray
Kart racer Lewis Murray

A 16-year-old Harrogate karter has become the Northern Karting Federation champion, after winning his penultimate round at Hooton Park near Liverpool.

Rossett School student Lewis Murray battled with a cracked fuel filter in practice, but secured fourth in the first heat and third in the second on race day.

Lewis and his dad Adrian had to change the set up of the kart and opt for the full wet tyres.

Starting sixth on the grid for the third heat, Lewis got off to a good start and was pushing for second place.

He managed to set the fastest lap of the race on the last lap where he finished 0.2 seconds behind second place.

Starting third on the grid for the final amid improved weather, Lewis and his dad decided to gamble and go for a full wet set up.

Turning up on the grid in full wets while the track was still dry earned them some funny looks. but Lewis and his dad took the chance of risking going on full wets in the dry, and shredding an expensive set of wet tyres.

However, the gamble paid off as the rain started two minutes before they headed out.

The final began with Lewis in third, but he was into first by the second corner. After a faultless drive, he cruised to the finish to claim the win.

The win secured him the Northern Karting Federation Championship and after a very successful year.

In December, Lewis will travel to the home of British motorsport, Silverstone, to collect his awards.

Lewis would like to thank SBUtilities, Foretel technology and Harrogate Grass Machinery for their support.