Josh Smith, 19 from Carr Bank, has been selected to represent one of the worlds finest car manufacturers, McLaren Automotive, by racing in the 2019 British GT Championship in a McLaren 570s GT4 car. Smith and 3 others were selected after a rigorous assessment process late last year.

The 19-year-old Cumbrian has taken another step towards cementing his place as one of the UK’s most impressive up and coming talents in motorsport.

Smith will receive performance analysis throughout the year as well as access to support and mentoring from McLaren’s pool of factory drivers.  

Smith is no stranger to success in motor racing. At just 15 he became the Junior X30 World karting champion, and this success followed him into the car-racing world, with numerous podiums and race wins in single seater categories. Smith’s most notable victory was at the end of 2018 when he took the Formula Ford Festival title. This race has seen previous winners such as Mark Webber, Eddie Irvine and Jenson Button to name a few.

Smith commented, “I am over the moon to have been selected by McLaren to represent them at this level. My life long goal has always been to be a professional racing driver, and this opportunity is one step closer to making my dreams come true. I have to thank McLaren Automotive for believing in my ability.”

McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt said, “I am delighted that the McLaren Automotive driver development program commences its second year with the four excellent young drivers confirmed today for 2019,”

“We established the program to help gifted young drivers realize their motorsport ambitions, providing professional tuition and guidance to foster their racing talent.”

Smith begins his championship assault at Oulton Park in Cheshire over Easter weekend on April 20th – 22nd 2019.