Kellett’s experience in the annual Ginetta Junior Scholarship earlier this year combined with success in the 2012 ATL Racing Fuel Cells Ginetta Junior Winter Series – with an impressive eighth place in his first ever car race and finishing just one point shy of third place overall in the rookie class – was enough to cement the idea that sports car racing was the way forward for the aspiring driver.
After starting his kart career at the age of nine, he has been nothing short of a revelation in karting; winning the Manufacturers’ Cup at Daytona International Speedway Florida in 2011 and the GP Plate in KF3 at the Kartmasters British Grand Prix as well as the KF3 British Open title in 2012.
With a family history steeped in sport – his father was a professional rugby league player and his grandfather played football for Leeds United – Kellett was always destined for a sporting career, and Yorkshire based HHC Motorsport provided the perfect platform for the 14 year old.
“It’s a perfect fit,” explains James’ father, Lee. “HHC is a Yorkshire team, Ginetta is a Yorkshire company and James is a Yorkshire lad. We were really pleased with the team in the Winter Series, helping to develop James as a driver and we are looking forward to the season with Charlie Kemp and the guys.”
HHC Motorsport’s Charlie Kemp added; “I think James has a great future ahead of him, he belied his lack of car racing experience last year in the Winter Series and he was very impressive. I know that the circuits will be new to James this season but I think that he will make very good progress and be a championship front-runner.
“This is a two-year plan for James to learn and to develop and we are looking at him following in the footsteps of Charlie Robertson who won last year’s championship with HHC. We are looking forward to a successful season with James.”
Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson said; “James was great to watch at the ATL Racing Fuel Cells Ginetta Junior Winter Series and he impressed the team considerably during our Junior Scholarship earlier this year. Being a Yorkshire driver, I am looking forward to following his progress in 2013.”
Long term, James is looking at a career as a professional racing driver and while his aim is to make it to Formula 1, he is a big fan of the BTCC.