GINETTA JUNIOR ROOKIE MAILER TO RUN WITH HILLSPEED IN 2014
Ginetta Junior Championship newcomer Harry Mailer will race in Hillspeed colours in 2014 after today, Monday, 3rd February, being named at the Hathersage squad alongside fellow car racing rookie Pedro Cardoso.
Having already confirmed his participation in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship support category for his maiden season in cars, the promising 14-year-old from Partridge Green in Horsham has now completed a deal to run with the 2010 and 2011 championship-winning team.
Mailer’s first contact with Hillspeed came during last year’s Ginetta Junior Scholarship, where he was a finalist, and the multiple club karting champion is now set to race as one of the youngest drivers on the BTCC package this year.
“Harry is a driver with a great deal of promise and we’re absolutely delighted to have agreed a deal for him to join Hillspeed this season”, said team principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “It was clear to us in the Scholarship he had a lot of talent and he’s had some good success in karting. We’re sure he and Pedro will work extremely well together and help to push each other on.
“Ginetta Junior is renowned for being an incredibly competitive and closely fought championship, the ideal place for youngsters like Harry to learn their craft. We’re confident the experience we have as former champions will help ensure his debut season in cars is a very successful one.”
Mailer started out in karting in 2009, aged nine-years-old, and the following season became the Camberley Kart Club Novice Champion. Winning his second title in 2011, the Camberley Comer Cadet Championship, the West Sussex youngster sealed his third crown in as many seasons in 2012 with the Forest Edge Comer Cadet title.
Last year, he graduated to Mini Max and won his first race in the class before ending the season fifth in the Forest Edge Championship. Focused on a swift graduation to cars, he impressed in the Ginetta Junior Scholarship and is now determined to make an impact when his debut season in cars begins.
“The Ginetta Junior Championship offers a level playing field for those drivers making the move from karting”, said Mailer who aspires to one day race at Le Mans, “The results are based on the driver’s ability, rather than how much money they have, which is what attracted me to the championship.”
Mailer arrives in Ginetta Junior with backing from Nigerian-based onshore and offshore oil industry equipment supplier GCA Energy Ltd. Greg Uanseru, company chairman, is looking forward to what 2014 holds for the young racer – he said: “We are delighted to be supporting Harry for the long term in helping him to fulfil his racing ambitions and raise the profile of our company in the UK.”
Rounds one and two of the 20-race Ginetta Junior Championship season will take place on 29th/30th March at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent.