Essex racer Lochlan Bearman described round five of the Whilton Mill Kart Championship as one of his most enjoyable races of the season after clinching third place.

The 13-year-old went into Sunday’s final leading the Championship and despite not utilising the practice session due to rain, finished third overall.

“It’s been a tough day to guess the set-up but in the final it all came good and I had one of the most enjoyable races of the season. It was great fun battling the whole race and shows how close and competitive this class is,” commented the Theydon Bois based teenager.

Heat one of qualifying saw Bearman finish third before a disappointing second heat ended on tenth position after being forced onto the grass.

However, Bearman recovered in heat three and completed the circuit in fourth to secure sixth place on the grid for the final.

In dry conditions for the final, an audacious move paid off for Bearman who climbed into third. But in trying to take second he tumbled down to seventh.

The jostling for positions continued on each corner but Bearman gradually recovered to take third in a frenetic conclusion to the race.