This weekend sees Harvey Smith, one of Carr Mill’s youngest members, travelling to Traben Trarbach in Germany to take on the world’s best junior drivers to try and bring the World GT15 Powerboat Championship Back to the United Kingdom.
Harvey has been racing in this class since the age of 9 and has progressed steadily to the point where he won an event in Norway in 2016 and won the prestigious British Championship in 2017. Now in his final year in the junior category he feels that he has enough all round experience to beat the world’s best before he progresses full time to the hotly contested Formula Four class in which he is already making waves at club and national level.
Harvey admits that like all junior drivers he could not have got anywhere without Mum and Dad Sarah and Martyn, but also a small group of supporters from the Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club who have watched his rise and dispensed their advice which he has readily taken on board in sometimes the most difficult of races. None more so than in the World Championships in Finland last year when, but for some bad luck, he could have finished on the podium. Skimming over the waves at speeds of up to 45 mph in a very lightweight boat demands the ultimate of skill, but luck still comes into the equation.
As Harvey says, “This was a steep learning curve, but now I go to Germany both well prepared mentally and with a boat which Dad has prepared to the highest level.”
Although Harvey comes from Kingsbury in the Midlands, his family have made Carr Mill their home club in every way and he has used every minute of testing time on this difficult water to hone his skills to perfection.
We wish him all the best.