Josh Price last season in the Renault Clio Cup
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Prior to the official launch of the 2017 season yesterday (Thursday 16th March) four rookies had confirmed they were taking part in the British Touring Car Championship this season. However yesterday morning Team BMR announced that Josh Price would be filling the final Subaru seat, thus completing the 2017 grid.
The 18 year-old had initially been confirmed as a Team BMR junior driver with the expectation being that he would compete in the Renault Clio Cup this year, which would have been his third year in the series, and second full season, after graduating from go-karts.
Josh started racing in 2010 at his local kart circuit, Rye House and during his time in karts he enjoyed huge success, winning multiple national and European championships. In 2015 Price graduated to cars in the Renault Clio Cup with Team Pyro, competing in the final three rounds of the championship. With a best result of fourth, the signs were there that Price was quick.
Last season was Price’s first full season in car racing and saw him compete in the Renault Clio Cup again with Team Pyro, teammate to former champion Mike Bushell. It was a successful season for Price who finished sixth in the championship in a year which included his maiden win at the final round of the season on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. In addition to his victory, Price achieved a further five podiums, which caught the attention of Team BMR Team Principal Warren Scott, who signed the youngster to join the team’s young driver program.
However following the announcement that Scott would step down from his driving role within the team, it is Price who will take his place joining Jason Plato, Ashley Sutton and James Cole in the manufacture backed team.
Speaking about the move Scott was quoted in saying, “I am thrilled to welcome Josh into the BMR Racing Academy BTCC team, and very much look forward to watching him progress within the championship throughout what promises to be an unforgettable year.”
Price added, “I’m extremely overwhelmed by the support of BMR and Subaru to get me on the BTCC grid this season at such short notice, I’m looking forward to the challenge that’s ahead, as well as working with a team with such a great pedigree.”
Price will be fighting for the Jack Sears Trophy alongside the other four rookies, Luke Davenport, Senna Proctor, Will Burns and Ant Whorton-Eales.