Teen sensation Dan blown away after driving £2.5m Porsche
It was down to earth and back to school this week for Daniel Harper after the "mind-blowing" experience of taking to the race track in two iconic cars worth millions of pounds.
The Dromore High School student, who turned 17 just before Christmas, is the youngest driver to be awarded a Porsche scholarship to compete in the season's Carrera Cup GB series.
Last weekend Harper was invited to take part in the Goodwood Members' celebration meeting and given the opportunity to drive two cars from Porsche's historic collection at their Stuttgart museum.
One was a 1980 Le Mans Porsche 924 GTP and the second was the legendary 'Moby Dick' Porsche, a 935 specially built with the aim of winning the 1978 Le Mans 24-hour race, an 850hp car capable of reaching 228mph on the Mulsanne Straight and valued at more than £2m.
As he took to the track his dad Stan was a nervous spectator, tweeting: "Slick tyres, car worth £2.5m and 20 years older than the driver … and it's snowing. What's to worry about!"
But young Daniel, who still has R plates on his road car, handled both Porsches immaculately and brought them home safely to words of congratulations from former grand prix race winner Jochen Mass who was on hand to provide advice and instructions.
"Goodwood was one of the most mind-blowing experiences I've had so far," said Daniel. "To drive two cars with so much history was such a privilege and something I will never forget.
"Huge credit to the guys that raced these cars in that era and at Le Mans. I never realised how challenging it would be. A massive thanks to Porsche GB for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity."
The Goodwood experience followed two days testing the Porsche Carrera he will drive in the GB Cup starting at Brands Hatch the weekend after Easter. The tests took place at Donington, and he was consistently among the fastest top five.