Dan Harper has described the racing in the Ginetta Junior Championship as “everything I expected and more” after being in the thick of the action on his way to victory during a thrilling final race at Donington Park.
The reigning Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner was embroiled in a superb five car battle for victory in the Donington closer, with a stunning performance seeing him rise through the fight to take the lead not once, but twice – making it stick second time around for his maiden series win.
“The racing has been everything I expected and more,” Harper told TCF after the podium celebrations.
“Watching it on television last year did it no justice. Now to be racing in it, there’s so much action, it’s just so close out there. It’s brilliant, I’m really enjoying it.”
“I loved that race. I got a really good start and got up to third from fifth into the first corner. There was some jostling from the boys in front through the race and I was able to pick them off.
“At one stage in the middle of the race everyone was closing up. I could see seven or eight cars in my mirrors and I had to be so defensive.
“I dropped back a bit, but was able to fight my way back through to the lead and take the win. It was a crazy race, as you would expect in this series.”
Harper’s victory sees him make history as the first Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner to take an outright race win in their maiden season, with the victory capping off a superb weekend that also featured third and second place finishes, plus a Rookie Cup victory hat-trick.
Full of confidence from his Donington successes, the Northern Irishman is now targeting further success next time out at Thruxton – the scene of race wins for Rookies like Dan Zelos, Jamie Caroline and Sophia Floersch in recent years.
“This whole weekend at Donington has been such a confidence boost,” he concluded.
“Getting on the podium three times in three races, and then getting the race win, I can’t believe it really, it’s such a big step forward for me already.
“Hopefully we can keep the pace up for Thruxton. We’ve been there testing and we’ve been pretty quick, so hopefully we can improve some more and challenge at the front again.”