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F1000 Q&A: Joshua Davey

Fourteen-year-old Formula 1000 Junior Championship contender Joshua Davey discusses how he balances his rallying exploits with circuit racing...
Fourteen-year-old Joshua Davey is one of 16 Junior drivers set to compete on this weekend's Hall Trophy Stages, round five of the Kick Energy Acceleration TV Formula 1000 Junior Championship. In a year that has seen the youngster tackle both the Junior Rally Championship and the SaxMax racing series, Josh explains in an exclusive interview with Jonathan Jackson for Crash.net, how he has managed to tackle both championships...

Q:
You were one of the original eleven who contested the very first Junior Rally in the UK in March – how did that feel?

Joshua Davey:
It was a relief to actually be there, as I had all the tests to fit in since my 14th birthday in mid-February. It was a busy weekend as I had to compete in my third Autotest the day before, which I unexpectedly won! On the day [of the event] I was a little nervous to start with, especially as there was standing water on the first corner which put me sideways, but after a couple of stages I settled down. The weather conditions could have been better for our first rally, but I think racing in the rain helped.

Q:
You've not competed in a rally since the Lee Holland in April; are you looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the rally car again?

JD:
Yes, I am really looking forward to it. We have been getting it ready for the 29th and it's made me really excited but also sad, as this will be my last rally in the Saxo because hopefully I will be in my new car next year.

Q:
You compete in both the Junior Rally Series and the SaxMax racing series; what's it like adapting between the two championships?

JD:
The hardest thing is that the red flag has different meanings. Apart from that the speed in Saxmax took some getting used to.

Q:
You're competing in a Citroën Saxo; why did you choose the Saxo?

JD:
Early in 2008 we looked into what I could do when I was 14, as I had been racing locally in a Mini since I was ten. The rallying hadn't been given the green light, so we went and watched a couple of Saxmax races. We bought a Saxo VTR in May 2008 to race it in 2009 when I was 14. In December 2008 we heard that the rallying was going ahead the next year. We had a dilemma as I would have probably just done the rallying. We bought a one-litre Saxo just before Christmas with the intention of changing the engine in the VTR for each different championship, but then had second thoughts and decided to build the Saxo into a rally car instead. Both my Saxos are red and yellow. I like to be different, so the Saxo was a good choice.

Q:
You're competing against competitors who have been around rallying, through family, for a long time. What's your rallying background?

JD:
My dad rallies an MG ZR at clubman level, which he has been doing for the last six years, so I have been going with him to watch. He has put his rallying aside while he takes me to the races and rallying. Living in Cornwall, we have done thousands of miles this year to get to the circuits.

Q:
The final two rounds are going to be an exciting climax to the championship – what are your aims for the two events?

JD:



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Joshua Davey, Citroen Saxo, 2009 Junior Rally Championship [pic credit: Jonathan Jackson Media]
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