At his first time in France, Tasmanian Josh Burdon topped the time sheets for Free Practice 2 for the final round of the Euro RACECAR series at Le Mans last weekend. 

Whilst excelling in the wet conditions, cruel luck yet again struck Burdon with technical gremlins during qualifying – leaving him to start in 17th. It took Josh but 5 laps to scythe his way through the field to 4th position before being taken out of proceedings whilst making a pass for 3rd and was to bookend his race by finishing where he started in 17th.

Speaking after the race, Josh was understandably crestfallen, but keen as ever to make amends on Sunday; his willingness to adapt to the pressure that comes with early success an obvious strength.

“I feel disappointed to not bring home the result our speed deserved. It appears I have a target on my head, so bring on the Endurance race tomorrow I have unfinished business”.

Adding another blow, Josh’s endurance race team-mate, Jean Charles Battut (Elite class) was forced to withdraw from the event (for reasons unknown), leaving Josh with the precarious task of starting last at the halfway point of the race on cold tyres.

With a wet track, Burdon set about displacing his opponents with calculating precision, finishing a remarkable third in what has almost become a trademark fight back for the young Australian. The podium capped off what was a stellar weekend for Scorpus Racing, with Burdon’s team-mate, Simon Escallier taking out the (Open class) Euro Racecar Championship.

Burdon flies back to Australia tomorrow, but you can guarantee team boss Patrice Bompass and the crew from Scorpus have big plans for the talented Aussie for a full assault on the calendar in 2013.

You can check our interview with Josh after his Valencia success here:


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