Harris Narrowly Misses Out On British RX Podium

by Phil Kinch

Jake Harris just missed out on his first podium in the MSA British Rallycross Championship after gearbox issues saw him come home in fourth place in the MSA Supercar Final.

The Essex based newcomer was looking to gain more experience in his LD Motorsports prepared Citroen DS3 as he took part in his second ever Supercar class start, however it would be a difficult Bank Holiday Monday.

Jake Harris in the LD Motorsports run Citroen DS3 at Lydden Hill. Credit: Matt Bristow

In Q1, Harris pulled over with mechanical issues which left him without a competitive time. Q2 saw Harris start from the middle of the front row and put in a solid time and placed himself in fifth position. A back row start for Q3 meaning he had the rest of the field to navigate around saw him keep his LD Motorsports DS3 in fifth spot.

Despite mechanical issues in Qualifying, Harris qualified for the MSA Supercar Final. Credit: Matt Bristow

This meant that Harris would line up in seventh place for the MSA Supercar Final along with such names as Ollie O’Donovan, Julian Godfrey and Kevin Procter. The Final itself took three re-starts to get underway and Harris took an early joker to try and make up ground.

The tactic was working well with Harris looking good for third place until gearbox issues meant that he would lose the place and come home fourth at the checkered flag. This is his best finish in the series so far and the Essex based driver lies 13 points off the lead in fifth place in the Drivers Championship as the series heads to Pembrey in June.

Harris takes the positives away from his weekend’s work.

Jake Harris took his highest finish so far in the 2017 British RX Supercar class. Credit: Matt Bristow

“After another difficult start to the event, with some issues in the qualifying races which put us out
of the position we had hoped for,” he explains.
“I’m still learning the new car, feeling more and more comfortable each time and have taken a
lot more knowledge away from the event, I know where my room for improvement lies and will
continue to develop in those areas to come back even quicker.”
The third round of the 2017 MSA British Rallycross Championship takes place at Pembrey in Wales on June 25.

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