Clitheroe karter Kirk Cattermole battled race-day demons to register a top 10 finish in the 125cc Open British Superkart Championships held at Norfolk circuit Snetterton.
The 26-year-old 2013 Driver of the Year was forced to endure torrential rain on the three-mile track, a collision and a puncture over the weekend, but finished in seventh spot.
“It was my first time racing at this track,” he said. “I qualified in sixth but on Sunday, in torrential rain and extremely windy conditions, I was hit from the rear, which caused me to spin off. I managed to keep the engine running and rejoin the track in last place, climbing to eighth over the remaining laps.
“I started the last race on row five and made an excellent start. However, I suffered a rear puncture on lap four which hindered my performance, but I still managed to bring it home in seventh.
“I would’ve obviously preferred to have finished higher, but, with the high calibre of drivers competing, a top 10 finish in all races is what I set out to do.”
Kirk’s next outing is at Darley Moor in Derbyshire at the end of June.