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.

"I got great starts in both of my heats. In the first heat people started defending really early. But I managed to cut back on a few of them and then get in the lead and defend again and back them all up," he continued.

"As for the final we started from pole and just led it from there. I was getting pushed a bit by my team-mate, Harry Campey, but with two minutes to go, it was red flagged and so the race was cut short.

"Overall it was a great weekend. We took maximum points from it and it puts us in a really good position for the FKS championship. If I can maintain the consistency we should be able to stay top."

Josh will now be back in action this coming weekend when he heads back to Rowrah for the prestigious four-day stand-alone ABkC 2011 'O' Plate Meeting. The next round of the Super One Rotax Series is also at that track the following weekend (June 4-5), while FKS continues in mid-June, when the series resumes for rounds five and six at Glan-Y-Gors in North Wales (June 18-19).

"We were quick at Rowrah last time," Josh added. "We didn't have the luck in the [FKS round two] final last month and so it didn't finish too great - although we did win three heats that weekend and finish second in the final on the Saturday. I'm looking forward to it."

RL Racing Department Ltd team owner Steve Armstrong meanwhile said Josh's form was 'very, very impressive'.

"What else can you say?" Steve continued. "It was a complete and utter whitewash. Josh has fully clicked and I don't think there was ever any doubt in his mind that he wasn't going to win. Every time he goes out on the track he is quick. He was fastest in all the sessions bar one.

"He had a fine qualifying on Saturday and obviously he won all the heats and the final.

"On Sunday we made a couple of mistakes in qualifying and he ended up a bit further down than he should have done. But he just calmly picked his way through and won both of those races and then took the victory in the [second] final too.

"It is what you expect if you watch him. I'm sure everyone sees that. It was a very, very impressive performance. He is looking hard to beat at the moment. Hopefully we can carry it forward into the 'O' Plate."

"I'd have to describe it as a dream weekend," added Josh's father, Nick. "We took maximum points and our immediate rivals in the championship had pretty average weekends. That means we should be comfortably clear at the top of the standings.

"Josh has got so much confidence, so much belief now - it is all going incredibly well."



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