Kartmasters GP is one of the UK’s largest multi-class karting events held each year. Run from 31 July to 2 August at Grantham’s renowned PF International Circuit for 2020, the sunny weekend was home to its fair share of thrilling action.
It was as unpredictable an experience for EBC-equipped Harry Hannam as the Covid-19-stricken months before it had been for the rest of the world.
Managing to travel over to the UK from the UAE (where he lives) was a dream come true for Harry. To be able to race against the top drivers in the UK at the country’s top kart track was a challenge he was more than ready to take on.
Find out how he got on over the weekend below.
The first race day was a mixed bag. Practice the day before could not have gone better, with Harry setting the fastest lap time of the day in the final session.
In qualifying, he finished 11th, not being able to get a clean lap due to the traffic. His theoretical best lap would’ve in fact put him in second place.
Starting in 11th for Race 1, Harry crossed the line in fourth – a position any driver would be proud of. It was only then that he was slapped with a five-second penalty for front bumper infringement, putting him even further back to 12th. Harry thrives on fighting his way through the field, and fight he did, setting the fastest lap of the race.
During Race 2, he couldn’t get his tyres working properly until the last two laps, then managing to pass six drivers, only to be taken out after taking fourth place again and being pushed back to double figures once more to finish in 10th.
Day 2: Finals Day
The big day came around at PFI, and Harry was 10th on the grid for the pre-final. A really good start got him into the top four quickly, followed by 12 laps of probably the most exciting, hugely competitive racing seen in the X30 Mini class, up and down in positions, to finally take the chequered flag in second! The tension was immense!
Almost unbelievably, a five-second penalty was handed to Harry, to bring his moral crashing back down. Some said this was a very harsh decision as the race was crazy and no crashes were witnessed throughout. It was very dog-eat-dog from all the top 10 drivers involved. This sadly pushed Harry down to eighth.
Starting at eighth on the grid for the final, then, Harry got a really good start and skilfully drove his way into third on lap three. The chaos from the previous race continued with Harry being pushed onto the grass in the middle of the race, meaning he couldn’t get the tyres to engage for the next few laps and fell back to 11th. With only a few laps to go, time was running out for Harry’s dream to become a reality. He fought his way back up to sixth, crossing the line 1.3secs behind the leader and 0.08 off fifth place.
With two of the podium drivers getting disqualified for technical infringements, Harry Hannam was 0.08secs off a podium at his first Kartmasters GP. It really was that close.
“Thank you so much to Jack Dex Racing for supplying a brilliant kart; what a fantastic drive! A big thanks to EBC Brakes for all their support throughout and to Steve White for spinning the tools, in what has been the best race meeting I’ve ever competed in!” Harry said following the weekend’s action.