Team Pyro and BMR Backed Driver Josh Price Experienced a mixed weekend at Snetterton. A strong opening race in 4th was marred by a difficult race two.
The Renault Clio Cup Championship returned to action after the annual summer break at the Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk. A wet start to the weekend soon subsided as the Clio's were treated with bright conditions throughout the weekend.
A difficult qualifying around the long tight and twisty circuit meant that car setup and compromise was vital around the circuit. Price qualified 11th overall in Qualifying, however his second best time was only good enough for 14th after experiencing prolonged tyre warm up - hampering his progress.
The opening race saw Price make a great start from his P11 grid slot, crossing the line at the end of the first lap in 7th position.
As the race developed, Price settled into the race well - upping his pace to challenge the drivers infront of him around the twisty Norfolk Circuit. By the seventh lap, Price had hit the front the train he was battled with and took 4th position. The two leaders had broken away from the chasing pack, but Price however hauled in the third place driver at 2 tenths of a second per lap, sadly running out of laps before we could challenge for the podium. Price crossed the line in 4th position at the chequered flag.
The second race on the Sunday was a difficult start for Price. The tight and narrow grid meant that making progress off the line was always risky business with a high chance of contact. Despite this, Price gained four positions to leap up to 12th position. Upon catching his rivals ahead, Price went for a move at the Palmer Corner, when the driver infront changed direction under braking - Price was unable to avoid him and damaged the front right corner of the car.
Despite the damage, Price still demonstrated good pace and began to eat into the gap to the top ten. Price finished just short, crossing the line in 11th place. However he was given a 5 second penalty for exceeding track limits due to the understeer from the damage sustained.
Price currently sits 9th overall in the standings, and 2nd overall in the Graduate Cup. The next round of the Clio Cup Championship will take place at Rockingham on the 27-28 August.