Belfast Telegraph

Starlet Harper hoping to keep his cool on the Norwegian ice

By Sammy Hamill

Daniel Harper will step into the unknown today when he tests a 300 horse power rallycross car - on ice! The 16-year-old Dromore High School student, who was rookie champion in last season's UK Ginetta Junior Championship, is at the Fuglehaugen Motorbane circuit in Norway at the invitation of the Swedish Olsberg MSE team, leading competitors in the World RallyX series.

Harper will be given the opportunity to drive one of their Ford Fiestas on the frozen gravel track where the second round of the Nordic RallyX series takes place on Saturday.

His dad Stan explained: "We were talking to some of the Olsberg people at the Autosport Show in Birmingham back in January and they asked Daniel if he would be interested in testing one of their rallycross cars.

"We thought they were just being polite but they were back in touch and sent tickets for us to fly out to Norway.

"It will be a great experience for him.

"Apparently, they flood the gravel track with water and let it freeze over!

"We don't expect him to be driving in any of the races on Saturday, just test the car, but to get this opportunity from a Swedish team is amazing.

"The Nordic Championship has a second division, RallyX2, for young drivers, mainly from Norway and Sweden, but they are keen to make it more international."

Young Daniel is a multi-champion in karts and quads as well as a junior rally winner.

Last year he beat 70 other drivers to be selected for a scholarship by the Ginetta organisation and was a race winner and rookie champion in his debut season on the track.

"The intention is to return to the Ginetta Juniors again this year and we are working with that in mind," said Stan.

"The trip to Norway is quite a nice little early season bonus for Daniel."

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