Josh White proved to be in a class of his own during the second round of the 2011 British Super One Rotax Series at Shenington last weekend, winning both his finals to claim maximum points and move to the top of the MiniMax standings.
Josh, who graduated to the MiniMax class for 11-15 year-olds last year - and who will also contest the same category this season in the Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone Formula One Management-backed Formula Kart Stars (FKS) series - started the weekend in tip-top form, posting the second best time in his qualifying group, just 0.04 seconds off P1.
The 14-year-old then maintained his front-running performance in his first heat, grabbing third place overall in his RL Racing Department Ltd-run kart right behind the top-two.
“Coming into the weekend I thought I would be able to have a top-three finish and after practice we steadily built up the pace,” Josh said. “I was very pleased with second in qualifying and had I been just a few hundredths quicker I would have been first. If we could have got a bit more of a tow we would have done that.
“Then at the start of the first heat I pushed right away and made up a place and the first three of us then got away from the pack. But as the race went on I dropped back a place and lost the tow. I caught up a bit on the last lap, but they were defending and I just couldn't get passed.”
Josh though was again at the head of the pack in his second heat and he looked set for second until he was tapped into a spin on the final corner of the final lap. As a result he had to settle for ninth.
“There wasn't really a gap,” Josh explained, “but someone went for an ambitious move and we both lost out.”
That meant the Ilkley Grammar School pupil then had to start from seventh on the grid in the first final. However he just put his head down and got on with it and charged back up the order. Indeed despite slipping back initially to eleventh on the opening lap, he was up to fourth by lap 2, and up into first by lap 15, a position he held until he slipped to third on lap 18. Josh kept pushing though, and on the final tour came through to secure his first victory of the year - and his first ever in Super One. He also equalled, just for good measure, the new official MiniMax lap record at Shenington – posting a 43.70 second lap.
“It was very pleasing to win that first final,” Josh remarked. “We were really quick and we finally got the result we deserved.”
His success didn't stop there however, and in the second final he made it a double celebration, taking the lead at the start and then holding P1 for all but one of the 22 laps.