He may be just seven years old, but Bellville lightie Joshua Smit is already a demon behind the wheel. The Totius Primary School lad started racing baby cadet karts at the tender age of six and now he’s a regular race winner at Cape Town’s Killarney racetrack as he prepares for a full championship assault in 2017.
Joshua found his winning ways against some expert opposition, taking two pole positions and three race wins en route to fourth in the 2016 championship and scooping the WPMC Karting Rookie of the Year award.
Now Joshua is determined to go all the way
Joshua, who likes to eat sushi, sip an ice tea and play chess, cricket and rugby, rates Sebastian Vettel as his hero and Ferrari his favourite car, intends to win this year’s Cadet Championship, progress up to Micro Max class and eventually main circuit and stock cars.
S&S Racing pilot Joshua will stay in Cadets this year, concentrating on the Western Cape Cadet championship that has been the start of many of the Cape’s best drivers careers, but he will also travel upcountry this year to learn the other tracks, while practicing in Mini Max to be ready for the step up in 2018.
Joshua Smit - Profile
Born: 29 April 2009
Lives: Bellville, Cape Town
School: Totius Primary
Races: WP Cadet Kart Championship
Motorsport ambition: To win this year’s Cadet Championship, progress to Micro max class and eventually main circuit and stock cars.
Home track: Killarney kart circuit
Sponsor: S&S Racing
Other interests: F1, MotoGP, Chess, cricket and rugby
Favourite car: Ferrari
Racing heroes: Sebastian Vettel
Hero outside of racing: My Oupa and dad
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite drink: Ice Tea
Favorite music: rock, dance, hip hop
Favorite movie/TV show: Teen Titans
2015 – Cadets - 8th in WP championship.
2016 – Cadets - 4th in WP championship
2 pole positions, and 3 race wins
Rookie of the year award
2017 – WP Cadet championship
Practice in Micro Max for 2018.