Josh Price produced a breakthrough weekend in the Renault UK Clio Cup at Thruxton with a pair of outright podium finishes and a Graduate Cup victory double around the high-speed Hampshire circuit.
The results came as a surprise for the Team Pyro racer, who defied a lack of pre-event running at the circuit to qualify third on the grid for both races. From his highest grid positions to date, Price was able to grab second late in race one, before recovering to third halfway through race two.
“We didn’t expect a lot from this weekend having only done ten laps here in pre-season testing, so therefore to come out with one of the best possible outcomes we could’ve done is amazing. I’m so happy,” said Price.
“I had no idea we could have produced these results. We had a new engine which hadn’t even been run before qualifying, so we came here treating it like a test day, but it turned out to be one of the best weekends I’ve ever had.
“Thruxton is one of the hardest tracks on the calendar, but it’s a really fast, flowing circuit and it’s very similar to what I’m used to racing karts in Europe, so I think that’s likely why I clicked with it so well.”
Price’s Thruxton success has moved him up to seventh in the overall drivers standings, while his Graduate Cup wins have helped him close the gap to current class leader Max Coates ahead of the visit to Oulton Park next month (04/05 June).
“I hope the podiums can keep rolling in now,” he added. “Oulton Park will be difficult as we’ve done the least laps there than anywhere else, but after a couple of practice sessions I’ll be able to get my head around it and see where I can improve. I’ve got high hopes for the meeting.”