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BRISCA F1 racer Tom Har­ris im­pressed in the US sprint car Chili Bowl last week­end and came close to qual­i­fy­ing for the pres­ti­gious fi­nal but was thwarted by a car fail­ure.

The Euro­pean F1 cham­pion fin­ished his open­ing heat in sev­enth place after start­ing in 22nd spot and won the hard charger award as a re­sult.

In his third at­tempt at the event, Har­ris made it into the B Fi­nal and was run­ning com­pet­i­tively un­til a bro­ken damper thwarted his charge to break into the top six and claim a place on the main fi­nal grid.

Har­ris said: “Every­one seems blown away that we got as far as we did and without the damper prob­lem I had a good chance to make the A Main Fi­nal.

“De­spite the lim­ited run­ning we’ve come so far, much fur­ther than last time and I’ll be back next year. Bob East put a great car on the ground, it was fly­ing for us and thanks for the sup­port. We are now mak­ing the guys over there sit up and re­ally take no­tice.”

Har­ris will race a BRISCA F1 in the UK in 2017 as well as re­turn­ing to non-winged Sprint Cars in the US later this year.

The Chili Bowl fea­ture event was won by Christo­pher Bell, who out­wit­ted Justin Grant in the early stages. Bell will com­pete in NASCAR dur­ing the 2017 sea­son.

Har­ris was on course to make the A Fi­nal

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