Hillspeed duo in strong Winter Series displays

Harry Mailer in action at Snetterton at the weekend. Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography.
Harry Mailer in action at Snetterton at the weekend. Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Hathersage motor racing team Hillspeed put together an impressively strong KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Winter Series campaign at a very wet and challenging Snetterton 300 Circuit over the weekend with rookie drivers Harry Mailer and Benjamin Wallace both shining.

Mailer, in particular, enjoyed a great outing in Norfolk with four top ten results, including career-best seventh place finishes in rounds one and four.

In race two the youngster finished in eighth place while in round three he was ninth, ultimately ending the series sixth in the championship standings.

Team-mate Wallace, competing in only his fourth Ginetta Junior race weekend, began his Winter Series campaign very well indeed with tenth position in the first of Saturday’s encounters, which was hindered by an early appearance from the safety car, and he then added a top 12 finish in round two later that day.

Overnight rain and continued rainfall during the morning resulted in a particularly wet track surface on Sunday, and an unfortunate collision in race three, not of Wallace’s making, also ruled him out of round four as his car could not be repaired in time.

“Both of our drivers had a strong Winter Series, we’ve been very pleased with their continued progress – as shown by qualifying third and fifth fastest on Sunday in the second session”, said team principal Richard Ollerenshaw.

“Harry produced some great races and to end the series in sixth place overall is impressive, especially considering the experience of the drivers ahead of him.

“Ben was compromised with his non-finish in the first of Sunday’s races, he was very unlucky. As he went through Hamilton there was a car across the track in front of him, Ben thought the car was going to roll back so he went to the right.

“Then it pitched round, as Ben was committed, and there was nothing he could do.

“It was a real shame as, otherwise, it was a very strong weekend for him.”

Mailer’s result marked another strong showing from the young first year racer as he equalled his 2014 best.