LEDBURY driving prospect Joe Sheppy is competing in a series devised by an Australian Formula One ace.

The year nine pupil at John Masefield High School is currently seventh in the Daniel Ricciardo UK Junior 100cc Series in line with his aim of a top-10 finish.

Sheppy, 14, is enjoying his first full season in a Ricciardo kart at race tracks around the country and pursuing a seed place ready for next year.

There are four more races left, starting from late August, at Rowrah, Cumbria, Fulbeck, Grantham, Llandow, south Wales, and Hooton Park, Birkenhead.

The young driver has been gaining speed and confidence this year.

He also met Ricciardo at Whilton Mill, Daventry, in round four as the 30-year-old wanted to see how his new race series was developing. 

Sheppy, sponsored by Lionel Weager Automotives, is looking for more backers and anyone interested can call Krisi Ing on 07507 812023.