Podium finish for West

Josh West. wk 43.
Josh West. wk 43.

Bedford-based racer Josh West scored another podium finish in the HSCC Historic Formula Ford Championship at Silverstone on Saturday, October 20.

The 20-year-old novice racer was competing in only his second race and was driving for the Silverstone-based Speedsport Promotions team on their home circuit.

He said: “We had a plan to do my first two races at the end of this season. We had hoped that if we achieved some reasonable finishes we could gain some attention and the possibilities of gaining some sponsorship.

“We have certainly done that, we have gained some great coverage so now we are hoping to maximise this in order that I can compete in a full season in 2013.”

Having dominated at Brands Hatch on his debut in September, West snatched pole position by 0.771secs with his very last qualifying lap after 35 cars had packed the grid for the morning qualifying in damp conditions.

In drier conditions a pack of eight cars provided stiff competition and, despite a huge lunge by James Buckton up the inside on lap six, West was able to claim a credible third place finish.

West said: “This was a very hard-fought race. I was overtaken by Championship winner Callum Grant on lap four, but managed to gain that place back, but after I lost the two places to David Wild and Stuart Baird it was all I could do to maintain third place.

“This is only my second race so I am very pleased with a podium finish, and the Speedsport Team are over the moon to achieve this podium.”

West is now looking to raise funds over the winer, and Speedsport Promotions team boss Mike O’Brien added: “Josh has set the cat among the pigeons’ in the world of historic car racing.

“He has learnt very quickly and achieved outstanding results that show he has a good future in the sport.

“He has a great rapport with his race engineer and he is very fast in the car.

“He still has lot’s to learn but we can see a bright future for a driver of this ability.”