Teenager hits road in the F4

KART-RACER Joseph Mawson, 17, is the first Australian to race in the French Formula 4 Championship.

Joseph, of Hinchinbrook, is now based at the Auto Sport Academy at the Le Mans circuit. He will race for the Auto Sport Academy team.

The Australian Motor Sport Foundation arranged for the teenager to switch from kart-racing to join French Formula 4.

Foundation chairman Geoff Morgan said the graduation of Joseph from karting in Europe to Formula 4 is proof of the opportunities provided by the foundation.

"Joseph Mawson is one of Australia's brightest hopes in recent time to reach the pinnacle of worldwide motor sport," he said. "He's shown he's equal to the best in the world of karting, in Australia and internationally."

Joseph will compete in seven races with the opening round at the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans from April 25 to 27.

It will be the second year the teenager is racing overseas.

Last year he lived in Italy while competing in the European and World Karting Championship.

"To compete in the French F4 Championship is an amazing opportunity I'm really looking forward to," he said. "To have the support of the Australian Motor Sport Foundation again is amazing and I can't thank everyone involved enough for the support they've shown to me and my career over the past couple of years."

The teenager said he was happy with the practice sessions he had last week at Le Mans, driving a French Formula 4 car for the first time.

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