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Rising star Daniel Harper will line up with Enzo Fittipaldi

By Sammy Hamill

Daniel Harper will have one of the most famous names in motorsport alongside him when he joins this year's UK Ginetta junior championship.

He will race in the same team as Enzo Fittipaldi, grandson of former two-time F1 World champion Emerson Fittipaldi.

Dromore High School student Harper, just 15, earned his place in the series by winning the Ginetta Junior Scholarship. The £100,000 prize will see him drive a Ginetta G40 car run by a professional race team, a full supply of tyres and fuel for the season plus testing, training and driver coaching.

Harper, in conjunction with his dad Stan, a leading rally engineer, has chosen to go with the Northamptonshire-based team of fellow Ulsterman Wayne Douglas. The third member of the team will be Stuart Middleton, Harper's predecessor as Ginetta Scholarship recipient and winner of the 2015 Winter series.

Douglas said: "I watched Daniel at the Ginetta Junior Scholarship and there's no denying that he has raw talent. He will benefit from having Stuart as his team-mate. Along with Enzo Fittipaldi, this completes arguably our strongest ever line-up."

The Ginetta series starts in April and provides one of the support races for the British Touring Car Championship which will again feature Colin Turkington, now driving a Subaru for BMR. A second Ulster driver, Chris Smylie, is also joining the BTCC. He will drive a Toyota Avensis for Team HARD.

And Adam Carroll has lined a full nine-race World Endurance Championship programme with the Gulf Porshe team. He will contest the Le Mans 24-Hour race for the first time.

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