2 Dec 2013

Young British Karter Needs Your Help To Compete Next Season

Championship winning kart racer Josh Keeling has launched a crowd funding campaign to allow him to compete next season. Are you willing to support a young British karter?

After watching a Formula 1 race at 8 years old I realised that was where I wanted to be, in the cockpit of one of those cars and racing in the fastest, most glamorous and prestigious racing series on the planet. I became infused in the world of motorsport and a passion became an obsession. Only months later, I went to my local kart circuit and took part in my very first race.

I learnt a lot in that time and from that point onwards I have only had a desire to win.

9 years later I have won and competed in many national karting championships across the UK with a title, over 15 race wins and 40 podiums to my name so far.

Although a lot has changed in that time I still retain the same passion and obsession of reaching my all time goal of becoming Formula 1 World Champion! I am constantly on the lookout for new opportunities that will enable me to progress into the higher categories of motorsport.

My notable achievements include winning the 2008 Mercedes-Benz inkart championship, making it to the finals of the 2009 National Karting championship and finishing within the top 3 in every karting championship I have competed in over the last 4 years.

This season I made my debut in high-level national karting in the Easykart UK championship, arguably the most competitive karting series in the UK.

Despite being on a modest budget, doing very little testing, having not raced on a single circuit on the calendar and being one of the youngest drivers on the grid I have started to already make rapid progress through the field!

I am completely determined, committed and utterly dedicated to my passion for motorsport, I never give up and I always push 110% every time I am out on track. I am highly motivated by a desire to win, and I strive to achieve perfection through making sure I get every last ounce of performance out the equipment I have.

I work well under pressure and can quickly adapt to different track conditions. I work effectively both individually and as a team. I am motivated by a desire to be the best, I am here to win and I will only be satisfied with nothing less than the best results.

Link to Josh's crowd funding campaign with more details of where the funding will be spent
Speedmonkey article: The Giant Leap From Karting To Cars

Racing Experience & Achievements

  • Began Karting aged 8 years old
  • Karting at Surbiton raceway and Sandown Park, Esher.

  • Various Karting at National Level

  • Karting at National Level
  • 2 wins
  • 4 podiums
  • 4th in Daytona Inkart Championship (Cadet class)

  • 5th in Daytona Inkart Championship (Cadet class)
  • 4 podiums

  • Mercedes-Benz Inkart Champion (Junior Light class)
  • 5/10 wins
  • 9/10 podiums
  • Winner at Daytona Inkart Festival

  • Runner-up in Mercedes-Benz Inkart Championship (Junior Light class)
  • 3 wins
  • 6 podiums
  • 12th in National Karting Championship Grand Finals (top 50 drivers in the UK only)

  • 3rd in Mercedes-Benz Inkart Championship (Junior Heavy class)
  • 4 wins
  • 8 podiums
  • 3rd in Mercedes-Benz Inkart Championship (Senior Light class)
  • 6 podiums

  • Easykart UK championship (senior lights)
  • Part-season (due to budget constraints)

  • Sabbatical to focus on education and raising a budget for a raceseat for 2014
  • Regular testing for practice and promotional purposes