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Burland sponsors budding Grand Prix star, Joshua Vallance

Joshua Vallance, the budding Grand Prix star who has been beating seasoned youngsters older than him and has attracted attention from talent scouts has now secured a substantial sponsorship deal from Richard Vass of Burland Technology Solutions Ltd to help him get to the next stage of realizing his racing dream.

The Dereham school boy, 14, has been winning on the kart racing circuits since he began at the age of 9 years old and he has been identified as a gifted racer with similar racing attributes to those on the Formula 1 grid.

Mr Jay Marshall, Director of V1 Logic Ltd, a professional racing driver evaluation and development company based near Silverstone says: "I met Josh when he was 11 years old. Even then his motivation and mental agility were apparent and had direction. His exceptional commitment and focus provide the on-track building blocks for a natural speed and consistency very few racers can master at his age. We psychometrically benchmarked Josh against our database of professional racing drivers at an unusually young age, confirming for us he already has the vast majority of skills required to race at the very top end of the sport, V1 will work continuously with Josh managing his development as a racer."

Sponsor, Richard Vass says: “We are delighted to support Josh at this early stage in his racing career. His results so far, despite limited budget and resource speak for themselves. We hope that with our support he can fast track his career and emulate the success seen by Dame Ellen MacArthur who we also sponsored at the outset of her career way back in the 90’s.”

Josh’s mum, Mrs Tina Vallance, said: “We are incredibly proud and thrilled to be working with Richard Vass from Burland Technology Solutions Ltd, we are partnering with a company who believe in Josh's ability and future as much as we do and are overwhelmed by the support shown by Mr Vass. This partnership will not only enable Joshua to take the next step in his motorsport journey and augment his skills as a promising racer but will also provide the vital experience and knowledge of competing with international kart racers.

Josh's race wins started at age 9, in his first ever league he competed with much older and experienced racers to secure 13 1st place wins in that year alone, making him the 2014 Rookie Champion.

He later went on to take numerous championship wins over the years, including a listing in the national press as one of the top 20 young talented kart racers in the UK and Honda Cadet Race Driver of the Year. He is currently racing in the Junior Rotax league, having secured the championship lead already he is now moving into MSA racing across the UK, with his future progressing towards Formula 4.

Picture credit: Jungle PR

 

Sue Wilcock