ROCHFORD supercar racer Jake Harris secured his best ever finish in the British Rallycross Championship last weekend.
Harris, 26, finished fourth in the second round at Kent’s Lydden Hill to move him up to sixth in the championship’s standings.
But Harris, driving a Citroen DS3, said he came away from the race feeling slightly disappointed.
“It was a good result with a shadow of disappointment,” said Harris, who owns and runs Elite Fitness Gym in Rochford.
“After another difficult start to the event, some issues in the qualifying races put us out of the position we had hoped for.
“I’m still learning about the new car, feeling more and more comfortable each time, and have taken a lot more knowledge away from the event.
“I know where my room for improvement lies and will continue to develop in those areas to come back even quicker.”
However, it didn’t start so well for Harris.
“In the first qualifying session, he was forced to pull over as smoke billowed from the car meant he was unable to complete the first round of qualifying.
In Q2, the determined Harris started from the middle of the front row, putting in a solid time as he came home in fifth position.
And fifth spot in Q3 meant he lined up for the final in seventh, leaving himself with plenty to do.
After three restarts, the final got underway with Harris taking his joker lap early trying to get ahead in a bid to make up time.
And it was a tactic which worked well as he climbed into third place.
But a late disaster saw the gearbox develop a mechanical fault meaning for the last lap he didn’t have fourth or fifth gear.
He dropped back to fourth as he battled with his car, but he still secured his best finish to date.
The third round and visits of the championship is at Pembrey Circuit in Wales on June 25 at 9am.
Harris thanked his sponsors Elite Fitness, Elite Fight Academy, Fuel & Nourish and LD Motorsports for their continued support.