Harry Mailer will remain with top team Hillspeed for his second year in the Ginetta Junior Championship as part of the Hathersage squad’s planned three-car entry thanks to continued support from key sponsor Flairlight.
Joining 2014 team-mate Ben Wallace in Hillspeed colours once again, 15-year-old Mailer is aiming to make strong progress during his sophomore season and has realistic hopes of becoming a top 10 regular before pushing for the higher reaches of the running order.
The teenager, from Horsham in West Sussex, contested 17 of the 20 races last year in Ginetta Junior and the campaign culminated with season-best 11th place finishes at the demanding Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit.
Going on to contest the four round Winter Series with Hillspeed, Mailer ended the championship inside the coveted top six after claiming a string of top 10 results in each encounter, including a career-best seventh place in rounds one and four respectively.
Flairlight, meanwhile, is to also become a technical partner of Hillspeed with the provision of high-tech lighting solutions. Branding will be carried on the Ginetta Junior race cars, as well as Hillspeed’s BRDC Formula 4 Championship cars, with additional promotion in the race transporter and awning.
“Harry made big steps forward last year and we’re delighted he’s continuing with us for 2015”, said team principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “Ginetta Junior is incredibly tough, so it’s the perfect place for young drivers to learn their racecraft and Harry is proof of the development potential the category provides. We fully expect him to be a regular in the top 10 this year and pushing for the top six.
“His Winter Series performances gave a big confidence boost so we’ve got high hopes of a strong second season in the Juniors for him. Flairlight coming on board as a technical partner with the team as well is absolutely wonderful news, we’re delighted and looking forward to a fruitful and mutually rewarding relationship.”
Debuting in karts in 2009, Mailer won his first title the following year when crowned Camberley Kart Club Novice Champion and he went on to add the 2011 Camberley Comer Cadet Championship to his rapidly growing trophy cabinet. Making it three title victories in as many years, he then claimed the Forest Edge Comer Cadet crown in 2012.
Racing in Mini Max the following season, Mailer made a sensational start to his tenure in the class by winning his maiden race. He ended the Forest Edge Championship in fifth position overall and then entered that year’s Ginetta Junior Scholarship as a precursor to his series debut with Hillspeed.
“I’m so pleased to be back in Ginetta with Hillspeed for a second season, it’s a great championship and I learnt a huge amount last year”, commented Mailer, “I definitely made good progress in the Winter Series and the plan is to build from there and try and be in the top six regularly. It’ll be good teaming with Ben [Wallace] again too, I can’t wait for the season to start.”
Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent will be the venue for the opening two rounds of the Ginetta Junior Championship over the weekend 4th/5th April.