Harley Haughton embarked on his motorsport journey in 2014. Starting in karts like so many champions, he entered the Honda Cadet class. He swiftly secured the MBKC Club Championship, as well as the MBKC Autumn and Winter Championships.
Advancing to a higher level of competition, Haughton achieved a commendable 4th place in the Northern Karting Federation Championship in the subsequent season. His skills culminated in winning the series in 2016 and simultaneously participating in the Iame Cadet category where he finished 6th in that championship.
In 2017, Haughton focused on National Championships, a pivotal phase where he developed his racecraft and skills. Competing against elite drivers in two kart classes, he honed his abilities against competitors with larger budgets and superior equipment. The following year, he set lap records during the British Kart Grand Prix and achieved multiple top 10 finishes at a national level.
Transitioning to the MiniMax class in 2019 marked a significant progression. Haughton’s prowess led to becoming the English Open Vice Champion and triumphing in the Super1 Rotax MiniMax National Championship. The subsequent year witnessed his foray into European competitions, including the Benelux and British Championships.
Amidst the pandemic, Haughton delved into Sim Racing, achieving victories in the iRacing Endurance Series and leaving his mark on the virtual track. His motorsport pursuits continued to evolve, leading him to compete in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge in 2021, where he secured 3 top-five finishes, 10 top-ten places, and a notable 6th position in the championship.
Building upon his achievements, Haughton’s 2022 performance was remarkable, clinching 5 wins, 3 second places, 1 third place, and 8 pole positions. He concluded the championship in 3rd place overall after leading the championship entering the last event, a broken shock absorber ending his challenge. His accomplishments extended to gaining an International C competition Licence, Silver FIA rating, and a Permit B licence for the Nürburgring Nordschleife Circuit.
Early 2023 witnessed Haughton’s participation in the NLS Endurance series, further solidifying his skills on the track. His journey culminated in a successful qualification race in a Porsche Cayman 718 with Breakell Racing, securing his Permit A for the Nürburgring Nordschleife Circuit.
During the 24-hour weekend, Harley quickly claimed 3rd place in class for the team during qualifying. He advanced to 2nd place in his opening stint, reaching 26th overall. His double night stint saw him dominate the class. However, an engine failure cut his contribution short after 12 hours, leading to an early finish.
Over seventy podium finishes and multiple title successes attracted the attention of BBC Radio 5 Live and seven-time Formula 1 World Champion, Sir Lewis Hamilton.
He spent the day with Lewis in 2014 after winning their championships on the same day, take a peek here at the interview that took place.
Aiming for top spot in 2022 again with Elite Motorsport, fighting back from a 75-point deficit to lead the championship going into the last round, only for mechanical failure to thwart success, finishing 3rd in the championship.
Studied Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science at A level with Aquinas College Stockport. The former Stockport Grammar School pupil achieved ten A* in his GCSE results, five at Grade 9 and A* and 3 A grades at A level.
Scouting since the age of six, stayed at the World Scouting Centre in Switzerland in 2017 and achieved his Chief Scout Gold Award in 2019. Enjoys training for fitness, listening to music and socialising with friends and family.