Czech driver Josef Kral celebrates his 21st birthday today.
Beginning karting aged 8, he won several national titles before moving to Czech Formula 1400 in 2005. He quickly moved into Formula BMW Germany, finishing second in the world final in Valencia but unfortunately disqualified.
The next year he moved to Formula BMW UK, getting thirteen podiums in 18 races – he won six of those – and finished runner-up to Marcus Ericsson. Once again he finished second but was disqualified from the world final for a technical infringement.
In 2008, he helped his country’s team in the A1 Grand Prix. Unfortunately, he finished 18th and then retired from the two races. But his main duty that season was International Formula Master, where he finished sixth and won one race. In 2009 he took two wins in the series and finished third.
2009 was also Josef’s GP2 debut. He took part in GP2 Asia and finished 11th. In 2010 he took part in the main series for Super Nova Racing and finished with three points in 24th.
He joined Arden International for 2011, and his results have improved. He finished once on the podium in GP2 Asia and got eight points overall. So far in the 2011 main series he’s had two sixth-place finishes and a second-place podium in the Monaco sprint to get nine points. He is seventh in the championship, behind Stefano Coletti but ahead of Dani Clos, Luca Filippi, Marcus Ericsson and others.