26th February 2020 — Racing for Mick Barrett Racing, a team which has nurtured many top drivers including current F1 stars Lando Norris and Alex Albon, Bart Harrison (12) defeated Aaron Walker (Strawberry Racing) and Freddie Slater (Fusion Motorsport) in the last lap of an exhilarating X30 Junior Final which featured wheel-to-wheel battles and multiple leader changes.
After five laps of the 17-lap X30 Junior final, Bart found himself in a five-way battle for the lead, running much of the latter stages of the race in second and third position.
Shuffled down to third as he approached the final corner of the final lap, Bart made an intelligent move, choosing this moment to power past Walker and Slater to take the race victory.
Bart’s parents, Martyn and Sally Harrison, who have supported Bart’s karting career since he first showed an interest in racing at the age of 8, were thrilled to witness his first European Series win.
Speaking from Valencia, Martyn said: ‘Bart only took the decision to move up to the X30 Junior class this year and to see him win one of the most prestigious events on the European karting calendar is phenomenal, especially as he has never raced at Valencia before. His composure under pressure and his focussed approach to the event have stood him in good stead, with consistency of speed being the reward.’
Next up for Bart is round three of the PFI Winter Series at the end of the month.
Victory in Valencia has secured him entry to each of the Euro Series rounds as well as to the World Series at Le Mans later this year.
Terrington Hall headmaster Stephen Mulryne said: ‘We are immensely proud of Bart’s achievement in winning the Valencia Cup, especially knowing the level of dedication and commitment that it has required.’