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14th-15th September Donington Park

The final race weekend of the year took place at Donington Park GP once again. A track where Josh has performed well on previous race weekends and was hoping to take a spot on the podium to finish off the season. Josh was feeling good approaching the weekend after the team found a long term fault that was affecting straight line speed all year. Josh knew he now had the car behind him and all he had to do is the rest.

Straight into qualifying Josh managed traffic well as slipstream was so key, then put in some good laps back to back to get p.6 for race 1, josh’s best qualifying finish in gt5. He could have followed along closely in race 2 with p.8 but a lap time was disallowed dropping him to p.12. Josh couldn’t let the opportunity pass in race 1 with such a good starting position, so he went for it. Getting off to a good start to overtake around the outside to move up a place, then another 3 places gained on the GP section to move up into p.3. Josh was about to contend 2nd place, but unfortunately the safety car came out for the whole race after 2 laps. Josh was happy that he achieved his goal of a podium this season but knew there was room for more.

Race 2, josh wanted that top 3 spot again, but unfortunately having a collision on the first lap dropped him back down to p. 20. Josh made it up to p.9 by the chequered flag, but unfortunately a disqualification from the race meant that Josh had to start 23rd in race 3.

For the final race of the season it was all or nothing for Josh, making 12 places on the first lap then getting up to p.8 by lap 4. It was a great performance by Josh showing amazing race craft and overtaking skills. Although it wasn’t a podium it was a fun one for Josh that weekend.

Now looking towards the 2020 season of the ginetta GT5 championship, Josh is hoping for a higher spot in the championship, “Top 3 in the championship is the aim, but being the champion is the goal. We will see how it plays out, anything can happen.”

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