British and European karting sensation Nathan Harrison has been confirmed as Peak District racing team Hillspeed’s first driver signing for the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship.
The 15-year-old, from Oxford, will make his eagerly-anticipated car racing debut with the reigning champions.
Having claimed its second consecutive driver’s title last season, in addition to the coveted team championship, the Hathersage-based squad is keen to make it a hat-trick of successes.
Team principal Richard Ollerenshaw is delighted to have agreed terms with the talented rookie.
“We’re incredibly pleased to have signed a deal with Nathan for his first season in cars and we’re confident he’ll make strong progress and become a real force in Ginetta Junior,” said the Hillspeed boss.
“We can’t wait to begin our pre-season testing programme with him. It’s fantastic to have the chance to work with a driver boasting such a superb karting pedigree.
Regarded as one of the UK’s top young karters, Harrison has enjoyed tremendous success during his eight-year tenure in karting – not least in 2009 when he became Super 1 ABkC Mini Max Karting Champion, Southern Karting Champion and West Midlands Karting Champion.
Harrison added: “This is most definitely the right time to make the step-up and take on a new challenge.”