Josh Bohm did more than just shake off the nerves in his first Victorian Rally Championship event.
The Shepparton driver had a near-perfect debut in the Excel Series, finishing all 14 possible stages at the Eureka Rally, claiming the trophy for best novice of the weekend, coming second in his class and sneaking into the top two-thirds of the overall field.
When Bohm, 16, and navigator Anthony Staltari brought the car home with barely a scratch it was the cherry on top of the event for Josh’s father Darren.
‘‘He went exceptionally well,’’ Darren said.
‘‘A couple of stages were cancelled for safety reasons because of campers in the bush and a couple of accidents, but he completed all 14 that were raced.
‘‘A novice is anyone that has done five races or less and he came first in that category as well.
‘‘He also got a stage win in his class and brought the car back in virtually the same condition.’’
After working extremely hard to gain an exemption just to race in the series, Bohm’s debut shows the effort was worth it.
‘‘For everyone that has supported him along the way, with signing and endorsements and exemptions, last weekend proves that we all made the right decision and that he was ready for it,’’ Darren said.
‘‘Him and Anthony have proved that they’re going to be a very good team as well and they started to build a really good working relationship over the weekend.’’
The next championship event starts April 14 and Bohm’s team is already itching to be out on the track.
‘‘He’s going to be biting at the heels and keeping the pressure on the leaders for the whole series I’d say,’’ Darren said.