Ginetta Junior graduate Dan Harper impressed at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, finishing seventh in Sunday’s hill-climb shoot-out.
In his role as Porsche GB junior, Harper was driving the Porsche GT3 Cup across the four-day event in southern England. He also completed a run in the historic Porsche 908.
It was in the GT3 Cup that Harper qualified eighth on Saturday, battling high temperatures as well as the clock. The 18-year-old set a time of 49.39s, within 10s of the all-time record which was set by Romain Dumas in the Volkswagen ID. R in the same qualifying session.
Rain on Sunday meant conditions were very different for the final. Though the rain had cleared by the time the shoot-out began, the damp conditions meant the record breaking times from earlier in the weekend couldn’t be matched.
Having qualified 8th, Harper was the 41st of 48 drivers to hit the track on Sunday afternoon. His 50.89s put him top of the order after his run, 1.51s quicker than the next fastest driver.
As James Cottingham (Dallara SP1) and Oliver Solberg (Citroen DS3 WRX) completed their times, Harper was knocked down the order, though former record holder Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra M6Electro) could not beat the Porsche junior’s time.
Harper ended the day seventh quickest, 8.57s slower than overall winner Dumas.
Image Credit: Porsche GB
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