Three’s the magic number for karting ace Harry

Partridge Green karter Harry Mailer
Partridge Green karter Harry Mailer

Young racer Harry Mailer is on the road to Le Mans after a third straight karting championship enhanced his growing reputation.

The 12-year-old, from Partridge Green has been karting for four years, and in each of the previous three has clinched a championship - his most recent title was the Forest Edge Comer Cadet Championship at Andover.

And now Harry is set to make the step-up from the cadet ranks to 125cc karts in Mini Max racing, he is a step closer to his dream of becoming an endurance driver.

While many young drivers dream of single-seat glory in F1, Harry has his sights firmly set on the Le Mans 24 Hour race.

Dad Nick said: “He has always loved sports cars. We took him to Le Mans when he was four or five and he has always had a real affinity for it.

“I would not say he was the quickest kid out there, but if you are doing a 20-lap test, you will find eight laps are exactly the same. He can drive quickly consistently, especially in bad conditions. That is his passion, to race throughout the day and night.”

Harry, who wears a yellow racing helmet in a nod to his favourite F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, won the Forest Edge crown by 40 points in a tense finish, having twice previously won the Novices title at Camberley.

When Harry moves in Mini Max Racing, he will also transfer teams - from Shark Racing to Zone Racing.

Nick added: “He could have lost the title in the last round of the season.

“There certainly was a lot of pressure right the way through the year, Forest Edge attracts the largest number of cadets in the country.”

The plan is for Harry to continue karting until he is 16, before a possible move into the Ginetta Junior series.