Hi, I am Jack Harding and I am back racing this season once again in the Mx5 Supercup after some time away.
My team is TBA and same for my sponsors, but all I can say is a massive thank you to family, friends and sponsors new and old for getting me back on the grid this season.
After 5 seasons racing in the Supercup I have managed to finish in the top 3 in the championship for 4 years in a row, twice vice champion, I’ve taken 22 wins, 60 podiums and 4 official lap records, so you would like to think that the title is due haha! I am looking forward to just getting back behind the wheel, having some fun and we will see what we can do about that number 1!
If you would like to here a bit about my journey to now then please proceed reading.
My dad first took me to indoor karting at the age of 7, when I got a real taste of what I wanted to do in the future. When I was 12, my dad bought me my first kart and I raced in the mini max class for my first ever race at Wombwell circuit in Barnsley, Yorkshire, winning the top novice trophy. My first wins came in the junior max class at Fulbeck kart circuit in Lincolnshire, and I progressed through to the senior rotax class from there.
I joined Team Avago at the end of 2009 and switched kart chassis to the Gillard and instantly found success winning club races. The W Plate meeting at Wombwell in May 2010 and the last two races of the year saw me finish second in the South Yorkshire championship.
I then moved on to the Northern Karting Championship in senior max in 2011, working on developing the Gillard kart with Tim Gillard and Team Avago throughout the season. We finished third in the championship, learning a lot and enjoying the challenge of trying a different kart from the rest of the field.
In 2012 and 2013 we made the step up to racing in the Super 1 British karting Championships, where we set many fastest laps, won several warm-up races and consistently finished in the top 10, really turning heads in the paddock despite being in a small team.
I then took a break from racing while I went to work in America for the summer in 2014, but was itching to get back racing when I returned.
In March 2015, I decided to enter the prestigious Blendini MX5 SuperCup Scholarship, to try and fulfil my dream of racing cars. Around 50 drivers from all backgrounds of the sport entered the two-day competition, which involved four driving sessions with four different judges in four versions of the MX5, all set up with different characteristics to test your abilities. Only 20 went through to day two, where again we had four evaluation drives, exercise tests and media interviews. I got through to the last five and was very fortunate to win this fantastic opportunity to progress my career in motorsports.
For my first race of the season at Silverstone, I qualified in fourth place out of 30 drivers and went on to enjoy plenty of top 10 finishes all season. At the end of my first year in cars and the MX5 supercup, despite lots of ups and downs I finished sixth in the championship.
In 2016 I moved to the team that had won the drivers championship in 2015, Team AK Automotive! This ended up being the best decision in my career so far as I worked closely with the current champion Alan Henderson on my driving and had an excellent car underneath me thanks to Dan my mechanic, Fraza and all the rest of the team, which took me to 4 wins, 5 other podiums and 3rd in the championship at the end of the season.
In 2017, 2018 and 2019 I continued racing with what became AK Motorsport in the MX5 Supercup and finished 3rd and twice 2nd in the championship, with 2018 and. 2019 being the closest and toughest seasons of my career.
After the 2019 season my Mx5 was sold with the hopes of moving on to a higher profile racing series, but sadly due to the Covid 19 pandemic affecting everyone’s lives and funds everything was put on hold.
Coming into the start of the 1st lock down my dad and I had the idea of trying to learn more about mechanics and attempting to build our own race car, so within a week we went back to what we knew best and bought an MX5 road car to convert. After many hours and phone calls to AK motorsport, we finally managed to build the new 43 car in her new colours! We then managed to find some funds to go and do one race in 2020 at Donington, where I qualified on the front row and took a 2nd place and a win, which felt amazing after so long out of the car.
Since then we have been working hard to raise the funds for the 2021 season and I’m glad to say, WE ARE BACK!!!!