Bri­ton Har­ris im­presses in Chili Bowl out­ing

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

Euro­pean and BRISCA F1 dom­i­na­tor Tom Har­ris was the top over­seas driver in a field of over 300 en­tries in the renowned Chili Bowl Midget car event in Ok­la­homa, Amer­ica, last week.

Har­ris, who was run­ning in the event for the se­cond sea­son in a row, took third place in his heat on Thurs­day. That meant he lined up for the B fea­ture, in which he fin­ished sev­enth.

On Satur­day, he just failed to make a trans­fer spot from his fea­ture race by one place af­ter a hec­tic bat­tle with vet­eran racer Davey Ray, which saw Har­ris ride up on two wheels be­fore slam­ming into the wall.

Har­ris re­cov­ered to fin­ish fifth, one place ahead of Brad Loyet, a reg­u­lar Chili Bowl racer and a par­tic­i­pant in the Race of Cham­pi­ons, which is open to the top 20 all-time Chili Bowl points scor­ers. “Last year was a big learn­ing curve for me, but this year I felt I got to grip with the style of rac­ing needed out here. It is a lot dif­fer­ent than back home. My car owner Bob East told me to be a bit more ag­gres­sive and I was in the last race as I passed a lot of cars but just came up one short,” said Har­ris.

East said: “He drove well, a vast im­prove­ment from last year. He has the tal­ent but just needs more time in the seat.”

Rico Abreu passed long time race leader Bryan Clau­son in the clos­ing stages to record his se­cond con­sec­u­tive Chili Bowl crown. Har­ris plans more US out­ings.

Tom Har­ris was lucky to sur­vive this mo­ment at the Chili Bowl

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