Connolly was born in Weston-super-Mare, and from a young age displayed a keenness to drive racing cars from lapping around the kart track on Weston pier. He moved to Cheddar when he was 11, and spent a lot of time on the indoor kart track on the outskirts of the town. When he became 15, he ended up with a weekend job there which let him drive there for free. He then moved onto national competitions and continued to show his natural aptitude.
After winning various kart events, Connolly moved onto British Formula Ford where, thanks to funding from sponsor GAC Logistics, he joined up with Falcon Motorsport. He won 5 races, including complete dominance of the event at Oulton Park. This drew him to the attention of Fusion Motorsports, who signed him up to their management scheme.
F1RDS Winter Cup Results
|2016||Good Call Racing||Lancia-Cosworth 2.0L V6|| SN1
|2016||Plus One Racing Engineering||Lancia-Cosworth 2.0L V6|| SP1