Lots learned at Portimao for Rowledge

Josh Rowledge maintained his impressive Rookie form in the Porsche Sprint Challenge Southern Europe with a successful weekend as the all-new series headed for Portugal for round two.

The 17 year old made the trip to the Autodromo Internacional Algarve near Portimão on the back of a fine weekend at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Spain, where he picked up two solid top eight results to lie seventh in the standings.

Having scored sixth on the grid amongst the Pro class runners for race one, Josh then qualified eighth in class – and twelfth overall – for race two, with his fastest laps in the two sessions being almost identical.

The opening race of the weekend would be halted after an incident on the first lap, with Josh holding station in P6. When the race got back underway, unfortunately for Josh, damage picked up in the early stages would hamper his chances of climbing higher up the order, but he was able to bring the car to the finish in eighth spot.

Race two would prove to be a more of a success with a strong opening lap to the race which saw Josh climb up into the top ten overall, and he would lap strongly throughout to take the flag in seventh place.

Josh Rowledge, #10 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, said:

”Valencia was a solid start to the season for me, but unfortunately Portimao was more a case of what might have been. As in round one, I think the speed was there but luck just wasn’t on my side and we couldn’t quite get the results that we know we are capable of.

“Despite that, we brought home points in both races which is the important thing, and hopefully we can be up there and fighting towards the podium when we get to the final round in a few weeks.