Josh White annihilated the opposition in rounds three and four of the British Formula Kart Stars (FKS) series at Three Sisters in Wigan last weekend, taking maximum points to move into the lead in the battle to become the 2011 MiniMax FKS Champion.
Josh, who is also incidentally leading that same class for 11-16 year-olds in the British Super One Rotax Series, began the weekend by immediately stamping his authority on proceedings, setting the quickest time in practice and sending out a early warning that he meant business.
The 14-year-old followed that up by taking pole position in qualifying for the third FKS round, his best effort a 40.77 second lap, which put him a massive 0.21 seconds up on his closest rival.
Josh then maximised on that in the two heats and led both from start-to-finish, before ending the day with victory in the round three final of the Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone Formula One Management-backed series.
“In qualifying I put together a really good lap and both heats also went well. In one of them I was able to pull a six second gap on second place, which really shows what our pace was like,” reflected the West Yorkshire lad.
“In the final I didn't get the best of starts. The engine started spluttering and I dropped back to second. I had to fight from there and we were always switching positions. I just managed to defend for a few laps though and then pulled out a bit of a gap when they were all battling behind me. I had to work for the victory in the final a lot more than in the previous two races, but that just made winning all the sweeter.”
On Sunday Josh again led the way in practice, however, in the second FKS MiniMax qualifying session he was only tenth - his best a 42.07 second lap.
“I just didn't get a really good lap,” he explained. “It started spitting before qualifying and everyone was just a bit rushed. I couldn't get the space I wanted and when I did there was only about 20 seconds left on the clock. I was two tenths up on that lap, but then the flag came out. That lap would have probably put me in the top-three.”
It made no difference though and the Ilkley Grammar School pupil soon reasserted his dominance in the heats, fighting his way back up to take two more wins, and set two fastest laps in the process.
Josh then rounded things off with victory in the round four FKS final and a perfect 400 point haul from the weekend.