Italian job puts Josh fifth

Josh Price in action at the European Junior Rotax Championship meet in Casteletto, Italy
Josh Price in action at the European Junior Rotax Championship meet in Casteletto, Italy
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Speedster Josh Price has climbed to joint-fifth place in the European Junior Rotax Championship after another promising display in Casteletto, Italy.

After timed qualifying, Cavendish School pupil Josh was fourth-fastest from a field of 49 drivers.

He finished second in his first heat and recorded the fastest lap, before placing third in his second heat.

And the best was yet to come in the final heat as Josh drove brilliantly in a rain-soaked race to come home in first place, more than five seconds ahead of the second-placed driver.

His fine efforts were rewarded with second place on the grid for the pre-final – but things did not go according to plan.

As the drivers set off, Josh was pushed wide on the first bend and was forced to drop back to 10th place, before managing to claw back two positions by the end of the race.

That meant that Josh started the final in eighth place,but an excellent drive saw him gain on the leaders and finish fifth – just 0.23 seconds off a podium position.

The next round of the championship will be held in the UK at Trent Valley PFI in July, and potential sponsors are invited to go and watch Josh in action.

With better luck this year, Josh could easily be occupying one of the top-three spots in the championship.

Race commentator Chris Hartley said: “Josh is the driver who has put most in this season and got the least out.”