LOUIS Harvey had anything but home comforts at the weekend, slipping to 10th and 13th in rounds seven and eight of the British Karting Championships.

Despite being the fastest junior driver all morning on Saturday in wet conditions, multiple incidents cost the Malmesbury-based racer.

Harvey excelled in the wet conditions, consistently posting the fastest times across every practice session.

As the rain eased, Harvey fitted new wet tyres to qualify fifth – a below-par effort considering his performances in the morning.

Sunday came, and conditions had changed dramatically. Harvey started round seven fourth on the grid – but had his sights set on victory after the previous day’s efforts.

But a dramatic start to the race saw Harvey helpless as he crashed into the race leaders following their tangle.

Harvey dropped back to 20th as a result, and earned a five-second penalty after dropping his nose cone. He crossed the line in fourth, but finished the race 10th once the time penalty had been added on.

Starting round eight in 10th, the Wiltshire racer had high hopes of redemption. But these hopes were wiped out before he even had the chance to complete one lap.

On the third corner, Harvey took a wide line to avoid the battling pack – but was subsequently driven over and forced off the track. While there were no physical injuries, the front of the kart was virtually written off.

With a twisted front end, bent throttle pedal and weak brake pads, Harvey re-joined the race in last.

After 15 minutes of racing, Harvey crossed the line in 13th.

Next up for the Malmesbury racer is rounds nine and 10 at the Kimbolton Circuit next weekend.