Lochlan Bearman endured yet another tough weekend in his quest for the Fiesta Junior Championship title at Snetterton and has suggested he may pull out of the running to focus on next season.

The Epping racer suffered damage to his fuel tank along with suspension failure after a crash in the second race which dented his hopes of the title or finishing in the top three for the season.

The 15-year-old qualified fifth ahead of the first race and was hopeful of taking a podium spot.

He entered the last lap about 10 car lengths behind fourth when his motor stopped as a wire inside the fuel tank had broken.

For the second race, Bearman was hoping for greasy and wet conditions as he excels in them and this is what greeted the drivers as they were waiting in the assembly area.

As the lights went out the Debden School pupil got off the line well but the driver in front had stalled and with another rival on the left coming across Bearman had no choice but to try to stop and get between the stalled car and the pit wall.

This resulted in Bearman suffering from suspension damage as a result of the smash and he had to retire at the end of lap one.

Bearman said: “It’s motor racing and I will come back stronger. It’s really hard to take and so frustrating that I cannot show my speed.

“We only entered this championship to win it so we now need to make a decision on whether or not we continue or pull out of the championship and focus on next season. Watch this space.”

Reflecting on his season so far, the teenager added: “It’s been very frustrating. The first two rounds we were down on power, I was taken out by a competitor at Brands. At Cadwell we were still down on power but scored two third-place finishes.

“We then went to Silverstone where the power issue had been solved and qualified second, and I was running in second when the gearbox failed.

“In race two, I came from last to second showing that with the car working well I can produce the performances.

“That gave me hope for Rockingham where a good result would have put me back into the battle for second and third but again we were down on power. This time because the catalytic converter had collapsed which was impacting power output by around 15 bhp. I also got taken out by a team mate in race two.”