Rookie Cup winner Daniel Harper is aiming to take the Ginetta Junior title after securing a seat for his second season in the championship, despite missing out on “vital” testing.
The 16-year-old has secured a seat with Douglas Motorsport, where he made his debut in the championship last year. After winning the Ginetta Junior Scholarship in 2015, Harper was given a fully funded seat for his rookie season, but gathering the funds for his second year was a little tougher.
“After a very long and anxious wait over the winter, I couldn’t be happier to be back on the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2017,” he said. “I really cannot wait to get the racing started again.
“Although I’ve missed out on some vital pre-season testing, I truly believe myself and the Douglas Motorsport team can really challenge for the title this season. I will be giving it everything I have and I won’t give up until the last lap of the final race.”
Harper has already shown promise. After securing the Scholarship title, the teenager went on to make the most of his prize. He took two race wins and seven overall podiums in his rookie season, alongside success in the rookie competition. He finished fifth in the overall championship.
“Coming back with Douglas Motorsport gives me confidence straight away, as I know the team and I know I will always have the best possible car underneath me,” Harper said.
Douglas is definitely capable of helping Harper achieve his title goals. The team came close to helping Harper’s 2016 teammate, Stuart Middleton, take the championship, with Middleton finished runner up.
This year, he will share the garage with rookie Tom Canning.
Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea