Price denied Jack Sears Trophy win after great Knockhill fightback

Knockhill
August 14, 2017

Josh Price was cruely denied the Jack Sears Trophy win and his best result of the season with 7th in race two at Knockhill after a yellow flag infringement led to an exclusion

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August 14, 2017 10:50 AM

Josh Price was cruelly robbed of the Jack Sears Trophy win and his best result of the season with 7th in the race two at the BTCC in Knockhill, after a yellow flag infringement led to an exclusion of his A-Plan BMR Academy run Subaru Levorg GT.

Qualifying took place in extremely difficult and changeable conditions, starting off wet and then drying up - resulting in a mad dash for track position to make the most of the ever improving track conditions at the short Scottish circuit.

Price was baulked by traffic on his fast runs, meaning he lost crucial time in the important midfield section of the lap - as he qualified 19th on the grid for the opening race of the weekend.

The opening race saw Price get shovelled down the pack at the start of the race, all the way to the rear of the grid in 28th position. The youngest driver in the field on board his A-Plan Insurance backed Subaru then battled back impressively to take a strong 18th place finish - which was even more impressive considering the lack of attrition in the first race of the weekend.

Race two saw a multi-car pile up at the opening turn, causing the elimination of three cars and required a lengthy red flag stoppage while the track was cleaned up for the race to be resumed.
Price was able to show his pace that the Subaru Levorg's were showing all weekend. Price made great progress through the grid to get into the top ten by half distance, with a very impressive turn of pace as he charged through with multiple BTCC champion Matt Neal.
The battle reached boiling point as the two battled for 9th position just behind Tom Ingram. Price and Neal banged wheels heading into turn one as both went for the ideal line into turn one - resulting in Neal spearing off and out of the race.
Price resumed unfazed and continued his charge, climbing up to 7th position with three laps to go - which he held to the flag to secure his best finish of the season so far in 7th position, as well as the Jack Sears Trophy after a great drive through the field.

Price was in the draw for the third race, reverse grid pole - he would line up 4th on the grid for the final race of the weekend. Sadly it was announced shortly after that the youngster was under investigation for a yellow flag infringement where he was deemed to not have slowed sufficiently. Price was excluded from the results of the race, cruelly denying him his best result of the season so far - meaning he would start the final race of the weekend from 32nd on the grid.

Price made up good ground in the early stages to gain four positions early on. However all was not right with his Levorg GT and he was forced into the pits with mechanical issues and retired from the race before he could really get into his stride.

It was a disappointing end to what was a very promising show from Price and especially from Team BMR - who have developed the Subaru Levorg GT into a consistent podium finisher and race winner, with all drivers showing rapid pace.
Price's time will surely come for a top result and we will be looking forward to the next round of the championship at Rockingham on the 26-27 August.

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