14 year old Harry Woodhead has confirmed his graduation into car racing with an assault on the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship with Beacon Racing.
Woodhead starting karting in 2006 and initially spent four years in cadet karts, picking up the 2008 TVKC Cadet Championship. In 2009, Woodhead finished fifth in the British Super One Championship, before moving up to become the youngest competitor in the 2010 British Super One Junior Championship, where he took several top ten finishes on his way to a credible seventeenth overall.
It was at this point Woodhead decided 2012 was the time for him to move up to car racing. Throughout 2011, he tested a Ginetta G40J at Silverstone, Croft and at various airfields in readiness for the campaign, before passing his ARDS license test three days after his fourteenth birthday at the end of 2011.
Woodhead will be competing with the Beacon Racing team, who ran Irishman Niall Murray in 2011. Murray took two wins and six other podiums on his way to fourth in the championship with the team, success that Woodhead says made it obvious which team he should join for the new campaign.
Woodhead commented: “My Dad and I followed Beacon Racing very closely last year. They had some bad luck with unfortunate mechanical failures earlier on in the season, but they always had the raw speed with the car setup. They use engineers who are all studying at Staffordshire University for their Automotive Engineering and Motorsport degrees, who always have lots of passion for the cars to perform well.
“Towards the end of the season the team were having many podiums and outright victories so the choice was always going to be easy for us. All the personnel are incredibly friendly and inviting and we are looking forward to working with them for a long time.”