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Motorsports student takes VIR victory

Harrison Walker was thrilled to just have the opportunity to compete in the WKA Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series driven by Mazda event held over the weekend at Alton’s VIRginia International Raceway. He had no idea where the opportunity would lead.

Driving a kart owned by Will Frank, the owner of Blue Ribbon Karting, a well-known racing team in WKA circles, Walker made the most of his opportunity, picking up a win and second-place finish in his weekend effort.

Walker picked up the win in the Junior Sport Light division and placed second in the Junior Sport Heavy class. His win came in the wake of the disqualification of the race’s apparent winner.

“I was in disbelief at first. Walker said when he found out about his win.

“The race was close. It’s such a thrill. It’s amazing.”

“We very much thank Mr. Frank for the great opportunity he provided for Harrison, our students and the Halifax County Motosports Academy program,” said Motorsports Instructor Brian Seate.

“Mr. Frank provided a lot of help with the setup of the kart and made this opportunity possible for us. We can’t thank him enough for all that he did.”

Not only did Walker gain the experience of competing in a national go-kart road racing event, a handful of students that were involved this past year in the Halifax County Middle School Karting Program, a facet of the Motorsports Academy, also received valuable experience.

Dillon Waller, Blake Younger and Collin Freitas worked as crew members with Seate, Walker and Frank during the weekend.

“The students did all of the maintenance work,” Seate pointed out.

“After the races we had to go through a post-race inspection and take the engine apart so that inspectors could look at different parts. The students helped take the engine apart and they put it back together.”

Grey Henderson was also a part of the team. While Henderson was unable to be with the team for the races, he participated with his fellow students in pre-race preparations.

“It was truly a great weekend,” Seate pointed out.

“It was a great experience for the students that participated and they all learned a great deal from it.”

Walker echoed that sentiment.

“It was a great learning experience,” Walker noted.

“I learned a lot about cornering, takeoffs, and about racing in general.”

Walker said he very much appreciates the opportunity that Frank provided not only for himself, but also for the Halifax County Motorsports Academy and the Halifax County Middle School Karting Program.

‘”I thank Mr. Frank for giving us this opportunity,” Walker said.

“Everybody on the team worked hard and did a great job. I also thank Mr. Seate and all of the students that helped. I couldn’t have done this without them. They’re the reason I was able to do this.”