Price will be just 16 years, eight months and 17 days old when he contests the first of the Clio Cup’s two races on Saturday. Sunday’s race – under the glare of ITV4’s live cameras – will take place in front of an anticipated huge trackside crowd as part of Rockingham’s big Dunlop British Touring Car Championship event.
Price will then see out the remainder of the season with Pyro as he joins an increasing number of teenage racers who see the Clio Cup as an essential part of their career path as they pursue futures in touring car, sportscar and GT racing.
Indeed the youngest driver in Clio Cup history, Tom Onslow-Cole – aged a mere 16 years and 22 days old on his debut in 2003 – went on to win the championship in 2006 before tasting success in the BTCC as well as international GT competition (he currently leads the high-profile 24H Series).
Price, a top name in British and European Mini and Junior Max karting, commented: “I’m jumping straight from rear-wheel-drive karts to a front-wheel-drive hot hatch race car and to be honest I don’t feel the transition has been has hard as some people might think.
“I’ve tested the Clio Cup car and seemed to have got to grips with it quite quickly, although I’m not setting my sights too high just yet – it is such a competitive championship and suddenly racing on such a big stage this weekend alongside the BTCC is going to be a bit of an eye-opener.
“I’m also going to be joining the top team in the business in Team Pyro whose top two drivers Ash Hand and Ashley Sutton are currently first and third in the championship. It’s the ultimate benchmark!
"But I’ve known for some time the Clio Cup is the place to be if I want to learn the race craft I’ll need for touring cars – the number of drivers in the BTCC to have come from the Clio Cup speaks for itself.”