Kart racer, 13, hopes to end season on high after British title heartache

A TEENAGE karter from March has insisted the heartbreak of losing his British title by just six inches will spur him onto success next season.

Harry Hensby was moments from retaining his British Grass Kart Racing Championship trophy but James Fisher pipped him on the line to snatch this year’s title in a thrilling final.

And 13-year-old Hensby - who will compete in Sunday’s final Wisbech and District Kart Racing Club Championship Round - believes the experience will only help him improve as a racer.

Hensby said: “I made a mistake and I paid for it - I was so gutted.

“I knew James would be on my tail because he’s a great driver and can outbrake me due to how his kart is set up. He’s a lovely lad - who deserved to win on the day - but it wasn’t a nice feeling.

“I gave it everything to retain my title and the experience is driving me on. I don’t want to feel like that again - I want my title back next season.”

The teenager has been racing with the club - who host their own championship meetings in Manea - since the age of eight.

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He has worked his way up from the 70cc class to his current category, 125cc Four Stroke Junior, where second-placed Hensby has a four-point lead over Josh Smith.

The March racer said: “If I can finish the season in second it will spur me on for next year as Luke Manders (current leader) is moving up a category.

“I just want to keep driving quicker and quicker and ending the season on a high would give me the belief that perhaps I can do better next season.

“I love being part of this club because although friendship goes out of the window when we’re racing what happens on the track stays on the track.”