WILTSHIRE’S Louis Harvey took home third after a dramatic final few laps in round four of the British Karting Championship at Warden Law in Sunderland.

A sensational weekend of racing ended with what appeared to be disappointment, only for a post-race deliberation from the stewards pushing Harvey onto the podium in the penultimate round.

The Malmesbury teenager secured fourth in the timed qualification sessions and would start his two heats from third place on the grid.

In Heat one, Harvey managed to move into second but by lap four was back down in third until the finish line.

In heat two, the Malmesbury racer was only able to cross the line in fifth. However, a penalty to the fourth-place driver for a dislodged nose-cone promoted Harvey back up to fourth.

With the points added up from the heats, Harvey started the pre-final in fourth. With his finishing position determining his grid position for the final, the Wiltshire boy was keen to mix it with the front runners, but a few mistakes saw him eventually cross the line in fifth.

While the first three races were relatively straightforward and event-free, the main final was anything but.

It started with a number of drivers crashing out as they crossed the start line with a handful more taking each other out a few corners later. Luckily for Harvey he had a good clear start despite dropping one place to sixth.

Quickly up to third and with only a few laps remaining, disaster struck for Harvey after he rounded a high-speed corner and a clash with the kart behind him sent the Wiltshire teen across the grass and the other driver into the air.

Luckily for Harvey, the track layout allowed him to regain control of his kart quickly and re-join the race where he would go on to finish fourth. However, in post-race scrutineering it was discovered that the third-place driver had dislodged his nose-cone earlier in the race and was subject to a five-second penalty which restored Harvey back to the pre-incident position.