SUPER ONE ROUND 3 – GLAN Y GORS, NORTH WALES
Heat 1 on Saturday saw Joseph starting 4th on the grid, dropping to 8th and then 9th as the scrapping started. However, he then got into a consistent rhythm, hauling himself back up the order to finish in a respectable 2nd place, just behind Taylor Barnard, who managed to snatch the win after slipping back from a pole position start.
Heat 2 brought a 3rd place grid start, but it only took 2 laps to storm into the lead, which was held until the end, just holding off Jonny Wilkinson by less than a tenth of a second, gathering the maximum 34 points.
Sunday proved to be bright and sunny and the tension rose as the first final of the day approached – morale was high in the Taylor camp due to a pole position earned by topping the interim classification the day before.
It all went according to plan – well, for 15 of the 16 laps, anyway – Joseph led Harry Thompson and Jonny Wilkinson by a whisker, all three bumper to bumper until, right at the last gasp, Thompson got by to cross the line first!
Heat 2 meant the tension rose another notch, with Joseph on P2 for the start and all the leading contenders around him.
After making a brilliant start to lead from the off, lap 2 saw him in the lead, lap 3 back down to 2nd, lap 4 in front again, but then Thompson and Bray Kenneally managed to force their way past on lap 5, where they stayed until the end, Joseph settling for a still creditable 3rd place and 60 points.
A good weekend, all-in-all, 189 points in total, resulting in a move up from 4th in the championship table to second, narrowing the gap from 44 points to 33.
Next up is Round 4 of Super One, at Llandow on 5th June, so let’s hope for similar points scoring success!