My name is Josh Smith and I am an 19 year old racing driver from Cumbria, UK. Racing has always been a huge part of my life, it's in my blood. At just 11 days old I attended my first race meeting where my dad was racing 250 Superkarts. He's been a huge inspiration to me growing up, and has given me the drive to always strive for success.
I started my racing career when I was eight years old in the highly competitive comer cadets class. I competed in this category until the age of 13 in both the UK and Europe finishing 2nd in the British Championship, which was a huge achievement. Standing on that podium for the first time at a British Championship round was a turning point for my self belief and confidence.
In 2014 I competed predominantly in Europe winning the GP X30 Junior Championship, then going on to win the Junior World Championship at the globally renowned circuit Le Mans in France making me the X30 Junior Karting World Champion of 2014. Driving at night was a new experience for me, and it was amazing to race on such a famous track with so much history. It was a totally different feeling to winning any other race, knowing that I was the best in the world in Junior X30 was just unreal.
In 2015 I was awarded by Racing Steps Foundation a drive in the British F4 Championships. This was my first season in a single seater car and it was a very mixed season due to limited testing and tyres. Despite all of this I managed to get five 3rd's and three 1st's in the rookie title and managed to get one overall win and another overall 3rd place.
In 2016 I competed in some of the rounds of the super 1 KZ1 senior karting class and then halfway through the season I started to test the BRSCC Formula Ford car, competing in the latter half of the season which finished on a high by putting the car on pole by 0.5 of a second in qualifying.
In 2017 I was awarded the Northern Championship in the BRSCC Formula Ford 1600. Despite a poor start to the season I finished the second half of the season with 5 wins out of 7 races. With a new team and car behind me I knew 2018 was going to be an exciting year.
I started off the 2018 season with some car problems, and couldn’t seem to get the perfect combination of set up and power that would put me in contention with the top drivers in my field. The team worked hard to resolve this and following a three month break mid-season we made a strong come back at Croft taking first in two out of three races. We went from strength to strength and finally in October I won the Formula Ford Festival Championship at Brands Hatch, a race that I have been determined to win since I started out.
Further recognition of my racing achievements has lead to me being selected for the prestigious McLaren Young Driver Development Program for 2019. I’m over the moon to have been selected, and can’t wait to see what the racing season brings.