ACE racer Josh Fielding is hoping his track career will hit top gear this year - as he prepares to compete in a top European championship.
The 21-year-old is set to drive at up to 170mph in the F4 EuroCup 1.6 series, based in France.
But Josh is still seeking sponsorship for his latest venture - the season will cost him £80,000, and so far he’s only amassed £25,000.
Josh even used a brief spot on Radio One to appeal for more backing. The Chesterfield lad was picked to be a competition caller on DJ Chris Moyles’ breakfast show - and made the most of his moment of fame to broadcast his web address and plead for support.
Last year Josh, from Sutton Scarsdale, came second in his very first race in front of 200,000 fans on the streets of St Petersburg, Florida - but then financial troubles behind the scenes forced him to withdraw.
“The first race of my new season is on April 10 and I’ve been training every day, eating properly, and preparing myself mentally,” said the former Hasland Hall School pupil.
“I’ll be the only English driver in the F4 EuroCup and one of our races takes place on the same weekend as the 24 hour Le Mans race, which is huge is France, so we should have a high profile.”
Josh’s ultimate ambition is to return to race on the lucrative Indy Car circuit in America.
“My goal is to use the F4 championship as a catalyst to reignite my single-seater career and, if I’m successful, I’ll look to go back to the US,” he said.