Nathan Harrison - Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

 

Nathan Harrison has announced that due to budget problems, he will be leaving the Ginetta Junior Championship with immediate effect.

Harrison joined the series at the beginning of the 2012 season with Hillspeed and has had some impressive results in the opening six races, taking three top five finishes. Harrison currently sits as the top rookie in sixth in the championship standings.

Nathan's father, Steve Harrison, confirmed: “It is with some regret that we have had to pull out of the series. However, the cost of competing is escalating beyond what we had been led to believe it would be, and I simply don't have the money to keep topping up the budget.

“We have already spent nearly three-quarters of our budget over the first three rounds of the season, and it is clear that the figure we were told we would need is nowhere near reality. We have been working hard to bring a sponsor onboard, but that has so far come to nothing and, without help, there is no way we would be able to complete the season. The bills have already started to increase and the cost of repairing damage has almost doubled overnight. While we have the possibility of doing another two or three rounds, there is no point in carrying on if we cannot see out the season.

“Nathan is obviously gutted at having to withdraw, particularly as he was beginning to find his feet and become a frontrunner, but there is no other option. Hopefully, he will be able to do some one-off kart events while we investigate other options for him to continue his graduation to car racing.”

The 15 year old is considering other opportunities including making his single-seater debut and working towards the Formula BMW scholarship in Valencia.