William Tregurtha has landed a drive in the highly competitive Ginetta Junior Championship next season.
The 14-year-old finished seventh in the Junior Rotax Super One British Karting Championships last year in his first full national campaign.
The Shenley Brook End student will step up into tin-tops for the first time, racing on the same schedule as the British Touring Car Championship at the country’s top circuits.
William has signed with Richardson Chassis Engineering (RCE), who have dominated oval racing in the UK for the last decade.
With a desire to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours, William sees the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship as the perfect progression from karting thanks to the clear Ginetta route from entry level sports cars, into Le Mans prototypes.
William, who is mentored by Tim Sugden, said: “I can’t wait to get started.
“I’ve had a fantastic time in karting with great support from my team KR-Sport but this is an incredible opportunity to race on the BTCC package in front of huge crowds at the country’s best circuits.
“I intend to grab this chance with both hands and want to win races, achieve plenty of podiums and win top rookie prize.
“Working with someone like Dave [Richardson] will be a great experience.”
Despite being one of the youngest drivers on the Junior Rotax grid, William backed up his British Championship success with top 10 finishes in the British Kartmasters Grand Prix and British Open. He also reached the final four in the Ginetta Scholarship last October.
RCE will initially focus entirely on Tregurtha, who turns 15 just a couple of days before the first round of the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship takes places at Brands Hatch at the start of April.
Dave Richardson of RCE said: “The time is right for us to move into circuit racing. We have had outstanding success in oval racing but this is an exciting new challenge for myself and the company.
“We will of course continue to build and develop winning oval cars but this gives us a chance to show our skills to an entirely new audience.
“Will is a very talented and focussed young man.
“At a very young age his results speak for themselves in a hugely competitive karting class and he has also tested very well in cars at the end of last year.
“To reach the last four of the Ginetta Junior Scholarship against nearly 60 other drivers was another great achievement.
“He has impressed everyone with his attitude off the track as well as his ability behind the wheel so I am looking forward to working with him.”