Third Time Lucky For Price With Maiden Clio Victory


Josh Price has described winning his maiden Renault UK Clio Cup race as “just the best feeling” after securing his breakthrough victory in the Brands Hatch season finale.

Having led a race for the first time earlier in the season at Croft, Price then repeated the feat in the opening race at Brands in his Team Pyro-prepared Clio.

That came after an opportunistic move saw Price storm past both three champion Paul Rivett and newly-crowned 2016 victor Ant Whorton-Eales in one corner to take the lead.

Price held the advantage for a couple of laps, but a slight mistake on the final tour would allow Rivett down the inside to deprive him of victory.

The 17 year old wouldn’t lose out twice in the same weekend however, as he benefitted from a dramatic incident involving Rivett, Whorton-Eales and Mike Bushell in race two.

Running fourth early on, Price picked his way through an incident between the three on lap four to move into the race lead, which he would then impressively hold for the remainder of the race.

The weekend’s results mean the VSL Group-backed racer ends the season in sixth overall in the championship with half a dozen outright podium finishes to his name.

“It’s almost a case of third time lucky – I came close to the win at Croft earlier in the year and close again yesterday but this time we’ve got it,” said Price.

“When I saw Charlie [Ladell] and Max [Coates] fighting in my mirrors I knew it was my chance to get the hammer down and escape up front. It’s just the best feeling.”