Josh Anderson had a somewhat different introduction to the Aussie Racing Cars, not taking the traditional path from full time karting or other state level racing, but it was a foregone conclusion that he would step into an Aussie car at some stage.
"I have done a little bit of Karting when I was younger, however nothing too serious. I began racing Aussie Racing Cars in 2017 at the Townsville meeting. with the help of my stepfather (and 2014 Aussie Racing Cars series champion) Darren Chamberlin."
Anderson was pretty soon on the pace and working his way up to the "pointy" end of the category in the two and a bit short years he's been with the series.
"I competed in the full 2018 and 2019 championships of Aussie Racing Cars, finishing 6th and 3rd outright respectively. I have learnt a lot in my short time in the sport, coming in without all that much racing experience. "
Josh had his break through race win at the first round this year (2020) at the most famous race circuit in Australia, Mount Panorama Bathurst, it came in Race 3, he also had two second places and an 8th after being 2nd in qualifying. His results were good enough to take the round win to top off a brilliant weekend. He edged out Bathurst 1000 winner and ex-Supercar driver Paul Morris.
"My current goal for 2020 is quite simple - execute every session in the car, be that practice, qualifying or race to the best of my ability and minimising the mistakes. If I can do that, the results will follow. We started the season off quite well with a round win at Bathurst. "
Like many young race drivers of today, Josh spends a fair amount of time on racing simulators, its a great hobby but can also help with driver training, especially when it comes to learning a new circuit, plus its a great deal cheaper than taking the car out for a run!
"Outside of Aussie Racing Cars, one of my hobbies is sim racing, racing online against people around the world. Over the summer, I have dedicated a lot of time into qualifying for the prestigious Porsche Esports Supercup on the iRacing platform. The series kicks off in May running through to October. These events are broadcast on the ‘iRacing Esports Network’ on YouTube and Twitch."
The second round of the Aussie Racing Cars is at Tasmania's Symmons Plains in April (3-5), its one of the class' favorite circuits, very much suited to the pocket rockets, its short and fast.
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