Joshua Hill to follow in fathers footsteps?

Joshua Hill, son of world champion Damon Hill and grandson of the late Graham Hill, had his first test in a Ginetta Junior racing car this weekend.

The 17-year-old took part in a low key test session at the Snetterton race track in Norfolk, according to The teenager tried out a Ginetta G20, a Ford Zetec powered sports car specifically built for the Playstation Ginetta Junior Championship for young drivers.

It is not yet known if Hill will participate in the Junior Championship but he completed the test successfully and is reported to have done well.

Damon Hill, who won the 1996 world championship with Williams Renault, has been open about his son s desire to follow in his footsteps. But the Englishman has concerns about exposing his son to the dangers of motorsport.

“We all love to protect our children from the risks in life but then we also deprive them of the enjoyment,” he told The Times.

“I will reluctantly throw myself at the mercy of the fates or whatever is out there,” he added.

Father and son took to the racetrack in 2006 when Damon Hill drove Joshua around the Silverstone race circuit in a GP Masters two-seater. And earlier this year they competed against each other in the Club 100 Winter Karting Series, a warm-up for the Club 100 National Championships which get underway in March.

Joshua finished second in the series, narrowly losing out to the eventual winner Chris Powell and Damon came fourth overall.

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