What a big step forwards for Maurice Henry Racing. One hand on a rookie podium in race 1, qualifying P11 (P3 rookie) then running as high as P8 (P3 rookie podium) and had a great battle with Freddie Tomlinson. Did great to avoid a car skidding onto the track and then keep it out of the wall but that of course dropped him down the order but took a point. What a drive.
Race 2. Another good race. Started P12 and got up to P10 with a nice gap behind. However a crash brought out the red flag. Raced well from the restart but dropped some places to the calibre of driver he's now racing around and finished P13 after another great battle with Freddie.
Race 3 on Sunday. Another solid performance, starting 13th and finishing 13th. The race was red flagged and cut short just as my nerves were settling to watch them trade places to the end.
Thank you to Fox Motorsport, Trustic Motors and Integrated Air Systems
As the winner the Ginetta Junior Scholarship Maurice gets to choose a professional experienced racing team of his choice. Maurice has chosen Fox Motorsport due to their professionalism & pedigree in GT Racing .
Maurice Henry: “I’m thrilled to join Fox Motorsport in Ginetta Juniors. I chose Fox because I’ve had a good relationship with both Paul and Liam McNeilly since we raced against each other in karting. I know that if I fit in well with a team, I’ll find it easier to extract the maximum performance from myself. My ambition is to be a factory GT driver, so driving for a team like Fox, who have been successful at every level of motorsport they’ve contested - right up to international GTs, is ideal, as is being a part of the Ginetta ladder that has given opportunities to so many talented racing drivers. The best way to start is to win the rookie title in Ginetta Juniors this year, and that’s 100 per cent my aim.”
Paul McNeilly, Team Principal: “I’m really pleased to welcome Maurice to Fox Motorsport. Maurice did brilliantly to win the GinettaJunior Scholarship and we were impressed with what we saw from him at the event. His aim is to be the rookie champion and we’ll do everything we can to help him achieve this.”
A truly determined racing driver, pushing the car to the limit through 2 intense days of elimination rounds, fitness and media interview evaluations. Out of 65 of the best young racing drivers, Maurice has just won the biggest prize in junior UK motorsport; The Ginetta Junior Scholarship for 2021!
The winner receives the majority of funding needed for a season of racing in the Ginetta Junior Championship. Running with a professional experienced racing team of his choice, Maurice will pilot their Ginetta G40 race car in the championship at the most famous race circuits across the UK. Being on the same calendar as the BTCC, this will be televised on ITV4 and watched by a wide, national and international audience. A great opportunity for partners.
With the same tenacity as Lewis Hamilton, Maurice is aiming high in his motorsport career.
First rally of 2020 and my first win. At the Questmead Stages I led from start to finish with an overall lead of 12 seconds after 11 stages! We had every intention to repeat this level of performance throughout the season and become the 2020 Junior Rally Champion. However, with the rest of the season cancelled, it wasn't meant to be. Thank you to kingsnortongarage.com for preparing my car and to my co-driver Mike Jode for navigating us to victory!
Maurice's 2017 performance didn’t go unnoticed and by mid-season he received an approach by the Zip Kart Factory team to become a works driver for the 2018 season to contest the Superone British Championship! The Zip Kart Team and their founder the late Martin Hines launched Lewis Hamilton's racing career. To be invited to drive for a team with so much history is the highlight of Maurice’s racing to date! However due to logistics we couldn't pursue this opportunity. Our 2018 season presented many insurmountable challenges, but Maurice showed mental strength to Never Give Up and see it through. Maurice also featured in the February 2018 edition of the Porsche Club Magazine 'Porsche Post'.
Maurice delivered on his promise captured in this interview prior to the start of the championship.
2017, Maurice’s 4th racing season, was a Skunkworks project, Maurice and I determined to piece together a productive season despite limited resources and reacting to changing circumstances. Behind the scenes a lot went wrong this season but Maurice really bridged the gap with his driving.
What is a Skunkworks Project? A project developed by a small group working with limited time, resources, funding and people but with the aim to rapidly deliver a radical achievement.
What inspired the name of our season? Project 4 was the race team founded by Ron Dennis that merged with McLaren and went on to huge success in Formula 1 for many years.
We were up against drivers & teams that had completed previous NKF championships and so had the experience of driving the circuits and their teams the kart set-up. Most of the circuits were new to us. We decided to go on this lone mission, aiming to get into the top 5. This was a Skunkworks - we would have to be efficient and develop fast with limited time and resources & drafting in the right help along the way to accelerate his development at new circuits. We also forfeited the Friday testing at each round to stay in school. Saturday testing would have to be sufficient, but did catch us out when the weather on a Friday was closer to the Sunday race day than Saturday. Yet still, his Never Give Up tenacity took him to the podium at nearly every round.
Maurice Henry takes the Shenington KRC Honda Cadet Championship and Most Promising Cadet Award.
Shenington KRC Honda cadet champion 2016!
7 podiums including 2 wins from contesting 9 of the 12 rounds.
Big club, plenty of top drivers and guest drivers getting into the mix at the front in the club rounds.
Consistency was key to his success as he had to do it the hard way - motor sport is not a level playing field. You just have to keep believing.
Thanks to the contributors public and private. We got help from Gran & Grandad Henry to get our one good engine at the beginning of the season. Mid-season we received further help, before which we were stretching tyres far too long. Thank you.
Thanks to the Luke Hines & Jordan Stilp Allstars Racing team for input into Maurice's 2016 driver development and the race per race kart set-up. The team exists to work with whatever you can turn up with and extract the most from it. He also achieved 5th place in the Whilton Mill Championship!