Billericay teenager Joseph Knight is “ready for the fight” as he prepares for the step-up into the Junior Fiesta Championship.
The 14-year-old Mayflower High School pupil has been a keen racer since starting karting as a five-year-old, before progressing into the Clubman class three years later in 2014.
After a successful few years in the Junior Subaru level, Knight has set various lap records and achieved several podium finishes.
Last year, in his second season of Junior Subaru racing, the Essex teen registered a third-place Championship finish.
But the 14-year-old is desperate to return behind the wheel when the Junior Festa championship gets underway at the start of August.
The teenager, who will be up against youngsters aged 14 to 17, will race at a number of circuits across the country – including the historic Silverstone track – but is well and truly up for the challenge when racing eventually returns.
“I felt that I had gone as far as I could in karting, Junior Fiestas seemed the best fit so I’ve had a few test days so far and it’s gone really well.
“In karting, we only did two or three tracks a year whereas in Junior Fiestas we have a different track in each round – so we have to learn a track in just a couple of days which is a major challenge.
“[Despite the impacts of coronavirus] we have a lot of time still for testing to try and find as much pace as possible.”
“There are some people [in the class] who are going into college and here I am in year nine,” Knight added.
“It’s a smaller age range but people come from different backgrounds – some will have done oval racing or stock racing, for example.
“We will be up against big established teams – there is an element of David v Goliath, but we are ready for the fight.”
For Joseph, a love for racing gave him something that other sports could not and, despite being involved in a major crash aged just eight, he cannot wait to see what the future holds.
“It’s not the safest of sports by any means,” he said. “There was once a much bigger car on the track with me and he’s spun as I’ve gone around the hairpin but my rear wheel has clipped him – I ended up doing a barrel roll, breaking my shoulder and required bone reconstruction surgery.
“It gives an adrenaline rush that other sports just can’t.
“In karts, you are going 30 to 60mph and you can’t get that in football or rugby – in cars, when you are going 100mph or even faster, it gives you a feeling that no other sport can match.
“The all-time goal is to make it into the WEC (World Endurance Championship) and race at tracks such as Spa, Nurburgring or Le Mans – to win the 24-hour Le Mans is a life-long ambition.”
Joseph’s first Junior Fiestas race weekend is set to begin at Cadwell Park on August 1.
Featured Image: Stephen Knight