Files delivers to bag top rookie trophy

Poringland's Josh Files booked the top rookie spot in the final round of the Renault Clio Cup at Brands Hatch at the weekend – and seventh overall in his first season.

It is some achievement given the youngster was up against drivers between two and 10 years more experienced than him

'It was a brilliant way to end the season, especially with seventh overall in the championship and the top rookie of the year, this all shows a lot of promise for a title bid for 2012,' said Files.

Team Pyro Direct Debit-backed Files has already had some interest from British Touring Car Championship outfits, but will look to establish himself as a serious contender for Clio Cup silverware next season before considering moving up.

But there was still time for Files to make a return to his former primary school. Armed with trophies, racing gear and even car parts battered by the season's toils, Files took over an assembly at Poringland Primary School last week to talk about his track adventures.

Headteacher Richard Burbage said: 'Josh was a great inspiration for the children. Josh links in perfectly with what can be achieved through hard work and determination, especially as he's a former pupil, and has a dream to focus on.'

Files added: 'It was great fun going back to my old primary school and if I have inspired just one person to follow their dream it was well worthwhile. I am aware of how lucky I am to be able to pursue something I enjoy so much, but I'm also living proof that you can achieve your aims if you work hard enough.'

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He added: 'We started with a little clip of Snetterton's race last month before I asked how many people wanted to become a racing driver, and as far as I could work out, it was nearly all of them. So I could have some more local competition in the future.'