The Riverine Herald - - SPORT - By Alex Mitchell

FLETCHER Har­ris’ speedy 2017 kart­ing sea­son wrapped up last week­end with a fi­nal round win at Mel­bourne’s Todd Road cir­cuit.

The Echuca young­ster has put to­gether an­other bril­liant year of re­sults, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the Cadet 12 class of the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships held over five rounds around Aus­tralia.

He also placed sec­ond in the state ti­tles for the same class, as well as win­ning last month’s City of Mel­bourne race, one of the coun­try’s big­gest events.

Har­ris said the tri­umph at the City of Mel­bourne race, his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive win there, along with the round five of the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship win were his favourites to date, be­cause he’d had to beat all of Aus­tralia’s best rac­ers of his age to take the races out.

The 12-year-old’s sec­ond place fin­ish at the na­tional level won him a trip to Italy, adding to more than $5000 he had al­ready won in his ca­reer to date.

It was a tough year at times for Har­ris, en­gine trou­bles and some bad luck on the track cost­ing him a chance to take the chal­lenge up to Cadet 12 cham­pion James Whar­ton who ended up run­ning away with the class.

With his best race en­gine not run­ning at times, he had to race with his prac­tice en­gine on the kart mean­ing he couldn’t quite hit top speed.

The Na­tional Cham­pi­onships were run around Aus­tralia at five dif­fer­ent tracks: New­cas­tle, Monarto (SA), Emer­ald (QLD), Gee­long and Mel­bourne the venues.

Hav­ing com­pleted his fourth year of rac­ing, Har­ris will step up into the ju­nior class next year, but he said he was just as con­fi­dent he could per­form well at the level with the big­ger and more pow­er­ful karts.

Har­ris was the 2016 Cadet 12 karter of the year, an award pre­vi­ously won by V8 Su­per­cars trio Jamie Whin­cup, Tony D’Al­berto and Cam Wa­ters, and it’s no sur­prise to hear the young mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­ast say he would love to one day fol­low in the rac­ing driv­ers’ foot­steps.

Ben Roehlen

Fly­ing: Fletcher Har­ris com­petes in round five of the Aus­tralian Kart Cham­pi­onships at Todd Road in Mel­bourne. Photo:

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