October 8, 2018
Racing in the Mini Rok class in a grid of 96 drivers the competition was fierce at South Garda but Josh qualified 16th overall which give him a third row start for both of his heats. The first heat saw Josh start 5th and after a brilliant start to the race he was quickly up to 2nd by the end of lap one.
From there he had to close a gap to the leader of around half a second before taking the lead off the number one seed Leonardo Megna. Josh would never be seen again from there as he went on to win the race by just under one second to get his weekend off to a perfect start.
The second heat was not so straightforward even if the outcome was the same. Starting on the outside of the third row saw Josh lose places at the start before completing lap one in 5th place. The Baby Race driver then gradually made his way through the lead pack and hit the front on lap five.
With just three laps remaining Josh would have to contend with constant pressure from Piotr Protasiewicz, but was able to hold on to the lead to take his second victory of the day.
Two wins would mean Josh would start pole position for the all important final and had ten laps ahead to try and keep 35 drivers behind at bay. From the off Josh had to deal with the familiar pressure of Protasiewicz and the midway stage of the race saw the pair particularly close as they attempted to break away from the rest of the field.
However, that would not happen with Josh heading a lead quartet, but just when he needed to going into the final two laps Josh turned up the gas and extended his lead to just under half a second leaving him no reason to defend on the final lap. It would mean Josh would take yet another victory at the South Garda as his successful season continues!
The win makes Josh certainly one of the favourites for the upcoming WSK Final Cup which will close off the European calendar.
The 2018 LGM Series came to a close at the weekend and it was a positive end for both Vinnie Phillips and Luke Watts who both secured top ten finishes in the championship. Vinnie finished 8th in the standings with Luke just ten points behind in 9th. Vinnie was just seven points away from 6th in what was a very close fought championship, but overall considering their luck at times but drivers will be pleased with the results they walked away with.