HARTWIG-WALLACE BECOMES HILLSPEED’S THIRD GINETTA JUNIOR SIGNING
Car racing newcomer Benjamin Hartwig-Wallace has become the third driver to join’s Hillspeed’s Ginetta Junior Championship squad for 2014 after today, Monday, 24th February, officially confirming his graduation into the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship support class.
Teaming-up with fellow rookies Harry Mailer and Pedro Cardoso, 14-year-old Hartwig-Wallace, who has dual British and German nationality, will graduate into saloon car competition off the back of a successful karting career in Britain and Europe.
Starting out in Spain in 2006, after a couple of years he moved into the Cadet ranks in Germany where he was sixth overall in the ADAC Kart Masters and DSW Kart Cup. Becoming Vice-Champion of the South-West German Cadet Kart Championship in 2009, he was also a front-runner in the ADAC Masters, DMV Gold Cup and NAVC Weis Cup.
In 2010 Hartwig-Wallace moved into pan-European competition in the prestigious Trofeo Andrea Margutti in Italy while also becoming Vice-Champion in the German DMV Kart Championship. The following year, he succeeded in winning his first title in the KF3 Karting Silver Trophy in Germany.
“My goal for the first year in the Ginetta Junior Championship is to learn as much as I can about the cars and the circuits”, said the Southport-based youngster, “Hopefully, I can then challenge for the championship title in 2015. I’m looking forward to working with a team as successful as Hillspeed.”
Hartwig-Wallace doesn’t just have the challenge of learning a new discipline of racing this year, he also battles living with Type 1 Diabetes having been diagnosed with the condition when he was just 11 months old. It is the very same determination required to successfully manage his condition which will serve him well in Ginetta Junior, says Hillspeed team principal Richard Ollerenshaw.
“Benjamin is clearly a determined young man, he’s focused and committed to his racing and we’re very pleased to confirm our association with him for the coming season”, he commented, “When we worked together late last year, we were very impressed with Benjamin’s driving and the progression he made in a very short period.
“His overall understanding, coupled with a willingness to learn, will stand him in a good position to utilise 2014 as a foundation year to build a career on. As we have seen from the majority of drivers who have come through our Ginetta Junior program, they have gone on to establish themselves as career drivers having learnt their fundamental skills in this fantastic championship.”
Rounds one and two of the Ginetta Junior Championship will take place over the weekend 29th/30th March at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent.