Lathrope continues good start to season with superb display at Rowrah
- Credit: Andy Merron
Harvey Lathrope continued his good start to the Rich Energy British Mini Bikes Championship season with a superb display at the second round at Rowrah.
A lot of changes were made throughout the Friday practice day in Cumbria to get the best out of the bike, which got the young Portishead driver faster as the day went on.
On Saturday Lathrope put in his best time of the weekend of 52.518 whilst qualifying for 160s.
However, a slight misjudgment from Lathrope saw him hit a curb and sent over the handle bars.
Because of this the bike was damaged and he missed qualifying for the 140s as Darren Coleman, Andy Merron and Kris worked on his bike to get it rideable.
In the second stage of qualifying Lathrope managed to do four laps to check the bike over in preparation for the second round of qualifying for the 140s.
And the Gordano School pupil put in a decent lap to land him in position two for race one and his superb time in put him on pole for the 160s.
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Lathrope did well to pick up two victories and one bronze from his three 160s races but in the 140s the 14-year-old suffered disappointment with a did not finish after he lost the rear with a couple of laps to go.
Unfortunately Ben Lord, who was on Lathrope's rear wheel, had nowhere to go except into the teenage driver and had to settle for fifth in the last race after he had started from 22nd.
“It’s been a massive step up and learning curve from the juniors with very little battling to being very competitive, close wheel-to-wheel battling, which I am loving and learning lots each time I go out with all the great riders in my classes,” said Lathrope in a post on Harvey 222 Racing's Facebook page.
“It’s definitely helping me to become a better rider but I know I still have lots to learn and am looking forward to the challenge.”
Lathrope returns to action in the third round of racing at Redlodge, Bury St Edmunds, over the weekend of June 24-26.