Harper continues his charge to another title

Annahilt lad Daniel Harper had another successful outing in Round Four of the Ulster Karting Championship as he bids to retain the title he won last season.

Annahilt driver Daniel Harper (centre) battling it out with Jack McGaughey from Glenavy and Coleraine's Sam McDonnell.

It certainly was a great day all round for the young drive at the County Antrim Circuit. In the Mini Max series, he picked up three victories and a third place finish in the other race as he continues his charge toward another Ulster title.

Last season, Daniel won the Ulster Quad Championship, the Ulster Kart Championship and the Northern Ireland Karting Championship and this year’s campaign has started in impressive fashion too.

Glenavy driver Jack McGaughey, however, is making him work for his victories as he also had a very solid day at the County Antrim Circuit, claiming a second and three third places to keep Harper in his sights in the Championship.

Sam McDonnell from Coleraine was the only driver able to get the better of Harper on the day taking victory in Race 1 and finishing on the podium in each of the other three races.

The results were almost a carbon copy of the previous week’s racing at Bishopscourt, when Harper won three of four races, only outdone once by McDonnell while McGaughey again claimed podium places, this time two seconds. How about that for consistency?

In the always competitive Cadet class, Tom Edgar from Moneyreagh also had a good day claiming three podium finishes including a second and two third place finishes, including a third in the Final. Philip Patton from Augher and Sé Óg Martin from Dunloy split the victories taking home two wins each, with Martin taking victory in the Final.

In what is already shaping up to be a very closely contested Championship, the Senior Max Class also provided some top class racing. Daniel Conlon from Dollingstown also had a good day finishing third in Race One and claiming three second place finishes throughout the rest of the day, at a circuit he admits he isn’t a big fan of. Portadown man Derek Wilson took home three victories from the four races. Raymie Eastwood also claimed a victory and multiple podiums throughout the day.

The next race meeting is the NI Superkarts at Bishopscourt next tomorrow (Saturday), before heading to the North West 200 Paddock Circuit for the prestigious NW Plate Races the following weekend on the 28 June.