Whalley’s Hartley crashes out in Norfolk

Harry Hartley
Harry Hartley

After a six week break the British Superbike Championship re-started its engines this weekend with round three at the Snetterton 300 circuit, Norfolk.

Whalley teenager Harry Hartley was setting his sights on scoring more points after a successful test at the circuit earlier.

The former Clitheroe Royal Grammar Sixth Form student ignored superstition on Friday the 13th to take the 13th fastest time in free practice ahead of qualifying on Saturday.

However, superstition caught up with the 17-year-old 24 hours later as he crashed out on the second lap. Hartley escaped unscathed but his bike was damaged beyond repair which brought the Halsall Team weekend to a close.

The teenager now has a two-week period to regroup ahead of the next round at Knockhill in Scotland.

On his debut at Brands Hatch in April, Hartley made history by becoming the youngest rider ever to score points.