Jordan Ford shocked the superkart world last year when he claimed the British Superkart Grand Prix 250cc national-class championship as an unknown.

Now the Sunbury resident is planning to defend his title.

Ford, who has won the past two Australian 250cc national-class superkart titles, will travel to England in the coming weeks with the hope of repeating last year’s win.

He’ll compete in a round of the CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship the day before the grand prix.

Ford enters this year’s grand prix race with big expectations.

“There’s a lot of pressure,” he said.

“Last time it was let’s go over and see how we go. They know who I am now and I’ve got an expectation to go and win. I’ve put huge expectations on myself.”

As well as defending his title, he’s hoping to have better results in the European Superkart Championship round also held at the Donington track.

Last year he won one race of the round before engine problems restricted him to fourth in the second race.

“I have the same kart and the same team over in the UK as I did last year. It’s great equipment and it’s up to the driver.

“You live and learn and I know how to win there.”

Not content with competing in just one round, this year he will compete in all three rounds of the European Superkart Championship. The second round is at Assen, in the Netherlands, in August. The third and final round will be in Le Mans in France in October.

Ford said competing in the championships was the pinnacle of superkarts.

“Le Mans is one of the biggest tracks in the world. It’s huge to be racing on that track.”