Speedy Support From Josh Caygill
Through his successful motor racing career Josh Caygill helps to support and promote Wooden Spoon – the children’s charity of rugby.
Josh, from Yorkshire is linked with the local region who have helped fund many projects to benefit disadvantaged and disabled children and young people locally. All monies raised in Yorkshire are used to fund specific projects within the region.
As one of Wooden Spoon’s oldest regions, Yorkshire are immensely proud of a legacy that includes in excess of £1.7 million being donated to more than 55 community projects.
See some of the projects they have funded here.
Their commitment to improving the lives of disadvantaged youngsters is best demonstrated by a two-decade relationship with Leeds-based children’s centre Lineham Farm. The region provided a grant of £253,000 to the project to fund the conversion of an old farm into a day experience and residential holiday centre for urban-based children who would otherwise miss out on opportunities to get out and about in the countryside.
Josh Caygill will embark on, arguably, the biggest season of his motor racing career this year after signing a huge deal with top GT squad Belgian Audi Club Team WRT to contest the ultra-competitive Blancpain Endurance Cup.
Stepping up into the world’s biggest GT endurance racing championship with a multiple title winning team, the 27-year-old from Netherton in West Yorkshire enjoyed his first ‘official’ test outing at the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS Ultra he will race this year.
After an initial run out last Friday, 10th March, at Monza in Italy – his first ever outing in a GT3 race car – Josh and his 2017 team-mates then headed to Paul Ricard in France for this week’s official test.
Describing the experience as ‘mind-blowing’, the British driver is now relishing the prospect of his maiden race in the Blancpain Endurance Cup when Monza hosts the opening round of the season this month.
“This deal with Belgian Audi Club Team WRT is a dream come true”, said an ecstatic Caygill, “The whole team is absolutely fantastic, I couldn’t ask for a better bunch of people to work with. I knew before how good the team’s reputation was, but when you see it with your own eyes it’s amazing.
“My first run in the car last week at Monza went well, I got adjusted to the car as well as possible and matched one team mate and was only about 0.5 seconds off another. I’m really made up with that, especially with such limited time in the car – I’d never driven a GT3 car before.”
Climbing the Audi Sport ladder by graduating from the ‘one make’ Audi Sport TT Cup, where he has been a category front-runner for the past two seasons, into the Blancpain Endurance Cup, Josh is now determined to make a suitable impact during his first season in endurance racing.
He added: “The Audi is an amazing car, it feels so comfortable to drive and I was really happy with my data when matched against some of the top guys. It’s a great car, the biggest thing is to believe in the aero and trust how fast you can go into, and through, a corner.
“I couldn’t have had a better first experience, the team is so supportive and they’re great guys to work with and learn from – and I must say a huge thank you as well to my manager Tim Sugden, my sponsors and my family for helping to put this deal together. We’ve got a test at Spa next, which I’m really looking forward to, and then on to Monza for the first round in this month– I can’t wait for that!”
Wooden Spoon wish Josh luck for this season and look forward to catching up with him at local events in Yorkshire to hear of his success!