A TALENTED teenager is proving his credentials behind the wheel after an opening round victory against a much senior field…all while preparing for his GCSEs.

Danny Harrison, 16, raced his first round at the BRSCC Fiesta Championship earlier this month after making the step up from the junior class last season.

Looking for a year of consolidation, Benfleet’s Harrison stunned the field as he secured a pole position, fastest lap and won the race at Brands Hatch.

And father David said his son, who drives a Fiesta ST, can go a long way in the sport, as he knuckles down ahead of his exams in June.

“We know Danny is talented and he has always been fast,” said David. “All through his racing life he has done well.

“He drove the same car last year but is running full slick tyres this year for more grip. It is such a good result against guys who might have 15 years of racing behind them.

“In terms of his exams, it is a big ask as he is away racing and he has to do after school clubs and tutoring.

“His exams aren’t far away but he works hard.”

Harrison did karting as an eight-year-old, competing in the British Championships in his youth.

He moved into cars at 14 before racing in the junior championships last season, securing two podium finishes and set fastest laps at Anglesea.

And David said his son, who attends the King John School, was reaping the rewards of his brave decision to make the leap into adult racing.

“Danny is young enough to continue in the junior championships as you can take part up to the age of 17,” he said. “But he made the decision to move into adult racing and it was a brave one.

“He was planning to use it as a learning year but after winning the first round we want to keep the pressure on the competition. We want as many podiums as we can.”

Any local businesses that would like to support Harrison are advised to get in touch with David on 07802 498989.