BUDDING Yorkshire race ace Myles Collins hopes to push for podiums in the Ginetta Junior Championship after signing with Harrogate-based HHC Motorsport.
The 16-year-old from Knaresborough will join the team for the closing races of the season determined to prove a point after a disappointing first half in a series, which is fast becoming established as the proving ground for would-be stars of the future.
A mix of bad luck and on-track incidents have robbed Collins of valuable points, leaving him 10th in the overall standings as the championship moves to Knockhill in Scotland for Round 13 on Saturday (September 3).
But the former King James’s School pupil – sponsored by specialist car finishers Swissvax and The Trading Floor Ltd – is looking forward to performances more representative of his natural talent.
He has already clocked times in testing with his new team which would have put him at the sharp end of the grid.
“We always thought Myles was better than his results suggested – and we’re delighted to be able to give him a fresh start,” said HHC’s Charlie Kemp.
“He’s had a great grounding in karts, he was top rookie in the 2010 SaxMax championship and runner-up in the Ginetta Scholarship over the winter so all the foundations are there.
“As in many sports, a clean slate can help with confidence so, with his head in the right place, there’s no reason why Myles shouldn’t be up there challenging for podiums.”
The Ginetta Junior Championship races under the British Touring Car Championship umbrella, which will also take in Rockingham and Brands Hatch before a grand finale at Silverstone.
The meetings are televised on ITV4, with Ginetta Juniors sometimes shown live.
“I’d like to thank my former team Westbourne Motorsport for everything they’ve done to get me this far,” said Collins this week. “It’s been a learning experience for us all and they’re all great guys.
“Naturally I’d like to wish them every success in the future.”
Collins will join the UK’s youngest-ever race winner, Charlie Robertson, at HHC Motorsport.
The 14-year-old has been a regular front-runner in his debut season, scoring his first-ever victory at North Yorkshire’s Croft circuit in June.