Lochlan Bearman remains third in the Mini Max standings despite a disappointing sixth-place finish at Kimbolton on Sunday

Lochlan Bearman (#36). Picture: John Bearman

Lochlan Bearman (#36). Picture: John Bearman

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Lochlan Bearman remains third in the Mini Max Championship standings after coming sixth in round eight at Kimbolton on Sunday.

The 12-year-old racer made up ground on second-placd Samual Cornwell – the overall race winner at the weekend – but fell further behind leader Bryony King.

A bright start to the weekend saw Bearman make up ten places in eight minutes to finish in fourth place in the first heat.

The second heat saw the Theydon Bois racer home in third before moving up another place to take second in the third and final heat, scooping the fastest lap of the day in the process.

As a result of his excellent showing in qualifying, Bearman secured pole position for the final race.

Bearman led the field through the first corner and for the first lap. However, going into the first turn he was displaced for the lead and in the process, a train of three karts squeezed through.

The young driver made a move to get back up to third, but in doing so, compromised his entry into Dan Wheldon corner where Cornwell ran up the inside and slid into Bearman, forcing him onto the grass.

He resumed in ninth position but the race leaders were already out of reach. Undeterred, Bearman got back into his rhythm to finish in sixth place.

Speaking afterwards, Bearman said: “I had the speed all day and was confident of the win and at the very least, a top-three finish. The top ten were all within two-tenths of a second of each other, so it is all about being in the right position at the right time and unfortunately it just didn’t happen for me today. But we take the good results in the heats as proof we can win.”

Bearman is back in action on the weekend of Sunday, July 27 for the seventh round of the Mini Max Championship at Whilton Mill.

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