Motorsport: Dream weekend for rising star Josh White

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A dream weekend in North Wales has put Ilkley motor sport star Josh White back on track in the Lewis Hamilton-backed Formula Kart Stars series.

However, admitting becoming a Formula One driver is a “million to one” shot, it is of succeeding Leeds double British Touring Car Championship winner James Thompson that the teenager dreams.

White, 16, is one of the country’s brightest karting
prospects and a reigning Formula Kart Stars champion following last year’s brilliant triumph.

The ex-Ilkley Grammar School student is also
competing in the Super One and Roto Max Euro Challenge competitions with a top-five
finish in every series this year’s aim given that in every event White is competing in a new class.

Catapulted

White had been languishing down in 10th in the Formula Kart Stars standings but a
superb victory at the
picturesque Glan Y Gors circuit in North Wales last weekend has catapulted him into fifth.

The youngster is showing glimpses of the resilience and talent needed to be an F1 ace but White feels a British or World Touring Car pursuit is a more realistic route.

“I’d love to do British Touring Cars or World Touring Cars one day as the series looks so
competitive and it also looks like a lot of fun,” White told LS1.

“Of course I would love to do Formula One – everyone would – but the chances of that are a
million to one.

“I’m not too sure what the chances of me becoming a
Touring Car driver would be –that would be very hard to do as well I would think – but I’ve just got to do the best I can karting.

“But whatever I do, I’d love to end up in motor sport.”

Level-headed White is certainly keeping his options open with the former All Saints Primary School pupil heading for Craven College in the autumn to begin a science and sports course.

All this while also chasing glory on three motorsport fronts, with the teenager heading to Sweden next week for the third round of the Rotax Max Euro Challenge.

The first two rounds were in Belgium and Germany, with White – who has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Jenson Button and Seb Vettel – living something of a jet-setting lifestyle having only turned 16 last month. But the Ilkley ace is not in the game for holidays or a fancy lifestyle – merely because motor sport is his passion.

“I know I’m lucky going to all these different places and
competing but I just enjoy it
because different countries bring with them different tracks and a different challenge,” said White, who began karting when he was eight years old.

“I’m looking forward to going to Sweden. I’ve never been there before and I’ve been preparing by watching videos of the track to see what it’s like. It looks like quite a fast track so I should be suited to that.”

White will jet off to Scandinavia on Monday ahead of testing on Wednesday and Thursday followed by qualifying on Friday and the race itself a week today.

Dad Nick will join him while mum Lorraine stays at home along with White’s brothers Sam, aged 20, and Will, nine.

Older brother Sam’s passion is guitars and music but for the middle brother of the trio the other sole interest concerns
going to the gym.

“It’s quite difficult juggling my education with my racing and there isn’t that much time for anything else,” said White, who will find out his GCSE
results on July 27. “But I do try and get down to the gym quite a bit at Ilkley Tennis Club as I think going to the gym is very important. Even in motor sport it helps with your stamina.”

Dedicated to the core and with a level head on his
shoulders, White stands every chance of fulfilling his Touring Car dream. Sweden is next on the agenda and even the lure of beautiful scenery and beautiful girls cannot distract his focused mind. Well almost...

Told that there would no doubt be some stunning ladies in Scandinavia, White allowed his mind to drift for once. “I hope so,” he laughed.

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