Karter Josh White has won a subsidised prize drive in the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship with Hillspeed after emerging as the victor from a scholarship shoot-out featuring twelve of the best young competitiors from the Formula Kart Stars series.
Run as a collaboration between Ginetta Cars, Hillspeed and FKS, the shootout saw the shortlisted racers put through their paces in a Ginetta G40 ‘Junior’ car around Anglesey in Wales.
16 year old White won after impressing the judging panel which consisted of 2010 Ginetta Junior champion Tom Ingram, 2011 champion Seb Morris, Hillspeed driver coach Matt Shawyer and Ginetta’s Mike Simpson.
“We were pleasantly surprised by the incredibly high standard and quality of drivers taking part in the Hillspeed and Formula Kart Stars assessment,” said team principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “We were only really able to select a winner after lengthy deliberation between the judging panel, there was a lot of promising talent on display and all involved did a terrific job.
“The judges took into account a wide variety of factors – it wasn’t about simply choosing the fastest driver on the day. Previous experience was a consideration, along with how well each of the drivers developed throughout the event and how well they reacted to instruction from the coaches.”
White has been racing in the Junior Max class of the FKS series this year, having made his karting debut in 2006. The highlight of his CV so far being a championship victory in Mini Max in 2011.