Josh White took another step closer to championship glory following rounds nine and ten of the 2011 British Formula Kart Stars (FKS) series at Whilton Mill in Northamptonshire last weekend.
Josh, who went into the latest FKS fixture with a commanding lead in the MiniMax class for 11-16 year-olds, enjoyed another superb weekend, and hot on the heels of his victory seven days earlier in the prestigious stand-alone Gold Cup meeting at Three Sisters in Wigan, he once again set the standard. Indeed he won both finals at 'the Mill - increasing his tally to 1505 points and stretching his cushion over his closest rival to 64-points ahead of the final FKS meeting at Ellough Park later this month.
Josh had to work for it however, after a mechanical issue in qualifying on the Saturday, left him down in 16th and towards the back of the grid. He began the fight back in the very first heat though and while he got pushed off at the start, he soon stormed through the pack and eventually finished in fifth. In the second heat, Josh made a strong start and immediately moved up to ninth. He then brought his RL Racing Department Ltd-run kart home in third, gaining second when one of his team-mates was excluded.
For the round nine final of the Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone Formula One Management-backed series, Josh started second after his success in the heats and immediately he took the lead on the opening lap, a position he was never to relinquish, as he utterly dominated, finishing 8 seconds up on the driver in P2.
“After winning the Gold Cup I was full of confidence and knew I had the pace to do well,” Josh said. “Qualifying was tough and we were forced to finish the session early due to a problem with the kart. I only did seven laps and so I didn't get a good time. Then in the first heat everyone ran into each other at the start and I got hit off, so I was pleased to come back to fifth. In the second heat we got a better start and that allowed us to get a top-three.
“For the final I got the lead early on, after another good start, and was able to pull out a pretty big gap. I surprised myself a bit really with the margin I managed to pull out over second. Once I got into the lead though I had no trouble.”
The next day the Ilkley Grammar School pupil was seventh in the damp second FKS MiniMax qualifying session and the results in the heats pretty much mirrored that on the Saturday. Indeed he was sixth in the first heat - despite a crash that dropped him to 14th on the opening lap, and he then took the runners-up spot in the second heat, setting the fastest lap in the process.
The round ten final also brought another victory and from fourth on the grid, Josh moved up to third on lap three, second on lap eight and then first on lap 15, a position he held all the way to the 'flag on lap 20.
“I didn't quite get the right lap in during qualifying,” Josh continued, “but still seventh wasn't too bad a place to start both the heats from, especially as I was down in 16th yesterday!