Douglas Motorsport have signed Ginetta Scholarship winner Daniel Harper to complete their three pronged attack on the hugely competitive Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship. This follows on from the news that Winter series winner Stuart Middleton and Brazilian karting star Enzo Fittipaldi have signed with the Corby based squad.
Harper wowed judges across the board at the Ginetta Junior Scholarship in October 2015 and beat 59 other drivers to earn himself a fully funded season in the 2016 Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship.
Although most of his racing experience is in karting, The 15 year old from Hillsborough in Northern Ireland contested the Irish Junior Rally Championship in 2015, winning three of the six rounds, and he’s hoping this natural car control will translate well into his new Ginetta G40.
Daniel Harper, driver: “I feel my versatility and ability to adapt to different conditions and driving techniques will put me in a great position going into this year’s championship. My willingness to put 100% into all aspects of my life from motorsport, school and hobbies, coupled with an insatiable desire to win will drive me forward in 2016.
“The Ginetta Junior Championship is a superb platform for me as a young driver to improve and showcase my ability in a fantastically exciting formula, against top competitors in proper cars at proper tracks in front of thousands of knowledgeable race fans. The fact that it is part of the BTCC support series, is televised by ITV4 and uses appealing evenly matched cars which result in edge of your seat racing should make getting sponsorship easier than many other forms of motorsport. I can’t wait for Brands Hatch.”
Wayne Douglas, Owner, Douglas Motorsport: “I’m really pleased to have Daniel joining the team for 2016. I watched his performance at the Ginetta Junior Scholarship and there’s no denying that he has raw talent. He will also benefit from having Stuart (Middleton) as his teammate so he has someone to work with both on and off track. Along with Enzo Fittipaldi, who shows great promise, this completes what is arguably our strongest ever Junior lineup and we are all really looking forward to the season! I have no doubt that Enzo and Daniel will be immediately capable of challenging for Rookie wins and expect even more as the season progresses.”
With more races than ever before, the 2016 Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship see’s five additional rounds added to the calendar, with three races scheduled at Donington Park, Croft, Knockhill, Rockingham and Silverstone.
Committed to supporting driver development, the Junior prize package is designed to encouraged progression through the formulae. The winner of the Junior series will be loaned a Ginetta G55 GT4 car to be used in the 2017 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup.
Broadcast live on ITV4, the opening rounds of the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship get underway at Brands Hatch on 2/3 April 2016.