“The second final was really great too,” Josh continued. “I was pushed all the way. Near the end I started defending and it was really hard not to make a mistake - not to go off line or leave a gap. But I knew that we were both miles ahead of everyone else and it was brilliant to make it two wins in a row.”
Josh thus took the maximum 100 point haul from the weekend – runners can only score points in the finals – and that now leaves him at the head of the pack in the battle to become the 2011 Super One Rotax Series MiniMax champion, with 188 points on the board, three more than his closest rival.
“It was a great weekend,” Josh reflected. “The best I have had in a while. We gradually built up our pace and we got the set-up right in both finals and were right on the pace. I felt really good. The kart was just superb. It never went off. It was just set-up perfectly thanks to Steve Armstrong and everyone at RL Racing Department Ltd. They all did a superb job.”
Josh now has a weekend off before heading to Rowrah in Cumbria for the opening round of the 2011 Formula Kart Stars (FKS) series on April 23-24. He will then head to the Three Sisters Race Circuit in Wigan for another FKS meeting on May 21-22, before returning to Rowrah for the third round of the Super One Series on June 4-5.
“I can't wait for the first round of the Formula Kart Stars now,” he added. “I think we will be able to come away from Rowrah with a top-three finish and if we can maintain the speed we had at Shenington we can win it.”
RL Racing Department Ltd team owner Steve Armstrong meanwhile was delighted by Josh's form at Shenington and believes the youngster is on course for a very good season.
“Josh has had the potential there since he started with us this time last year. He is very, very talented and very fast. But this weekend he really came of age and did the business,” Steve added. “He won it properly. He took it from them and wasn't given anything. He was very dominant in the end.
“Hopefully it will open the floodgates for him now and he can then move on from there. I think now he has won those races - and they were very difficult ones - I don't see any reason why he can't go on to win more races and maybe inch away in the championship. Anything can happen of course. But I would put him down as one of the favourites.”
Josh's father, Nick, was also understandably very happy: “We have been knocking on the door for a while,” Nick continued, “A year ago we had only just moved up to the class and it was all new to us.
“But over the last few weeks we have been getting faster and faster with the help of RL Racing Department Ltd and it all came good this weekend. We've just got to maintain this now - and I think with Steve's help, with all his experience, we can.”