Essex racer Lochlan Bearman endured a frustrating second round at Whilton Mill on Sunday as the weather wreaked havoc and forced the eventual abandonment of the meeting.

Bearman, 13, finished seventh overall, with results based on grid positions for the final after the weather steadily deteriorated during the first two rounds of qualifying in Northamptonshire.

The day had begun cold but bright, with Bearman third fastest in practice and starting ninth on the grid for the first heat.

With his tyres not producing enough heat to maintain grip, Bearman completed the first lap in 13th place but as his tyres warmed up he battled to finish in 12th.

Starting tenth on the grid for the second heat, the teenager shot up the field and into fourth position following a clever manoeuvre on the first corner and a second on Christmas Corner.

But the race was then restarted due to a mix up by the starter and Bearman was unable to replicate his start, dropping to 14th following a collision in front of him.

Recovering to finished seventh, Bearman lined up in third for heat three but the meeting was brought to a premature end due to the conditions with the Theydon Bois racer in fifth position.

“It was a very up and down type of day,” he said. “We have been on the pace and looked good for a podium finish but circumstances in heats one and two meant seventh on the grid for the final was the best we could achieve, although from seventh I still had high hopes to challenge for a win but sadly it was not to be.”

Bearman’s next race is round three of the Kimbolton Championship on March 7.

He then travels to Genk, Belgium, to compete against top European drivers before returning to Whilton Mill for round three.