Harry Woodhead has described winning the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship as a truly ‘special feeling’, after wrapping up the title last weekend at Rockingham.
Woodhead’s season started in incredible fashion, the 16 year old being unbeatable as he went on a run of ten consecutive race victories over the first half of the campaign.
While the going has been a little tougher since the summer break, with just one victory in six races, a podium finish in each race has secured him the championship with two meetings to spare.
Woodhead, who is one win away from breaking Seb Morris’ series record of eleven wins in a season, admits he’s overwhelmed by the amount of success he’s had, having also picked up the Winter Series title back in November.
“It feels great, even if I haven’t got the trophy or the number one on my car yet. It’s been a long, hard season so far, the team have put a lot of effort in to me as a driver, and the car, and its paid dividends by winning the title so early,” Woodhead told thecheckeredflag.co.uk shortly after winning the title at Rockingham.
“We weren’t expecting to have the success that we did at the start. After the two early wins at Brands Hatch, we thought we’d see how many we could get and it was surprising to see our streak go on as long as it did. The wins at the start of the season felt great, but the feeling of winning the championship is that much more special.”
Woodhead’s success caps off a sensational couple of seasons for the HHC Motorsport team, the Yorkshire-based outfit adding the 2013 drivers and teams titles to their 2012 main and winter series successes.
The new champion was quick to express his huge admiration for the team, and how much he looks forward to working with them next season.
“HHC have been very good for me,” he enthused. “They are very professional, there’s a great atmosphere in the team and everyone’s friendly. They’ve done a great job, they’re teams champions, drivers champions two years in a row and they thoroughly deserve it. Hopefully next year, when we’re with them, bigger cars, bigger ambitions and hopefully more success.”
While the last two Ginetta Junior champions, Seb Morris and Charlie Robertson, graduated into single-seaters after their wins, Woodhead is looking to follow in the footsteps of 2010 Juniors champion Tom Ingram and join the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup.
Having watched Junior graduates like Ingram, Andrew Watson and Pepe Massot enjoy success early on in their Supercup careers, Woodhead is confident he can challenge for podiums and wins next season.
“I’m 99% sure we’re moving up to the Supercup,” he concluded. “We’re getting everything finalised now, so hopefully that’s our destination for next season. We’ll try to get a fair bit of testing in before the season to get ready for the first race and hit the ground running. The championship’s got a great field and to be fighting for wins first season would be amazing.”