SUPER ONE SERIES
Round 6, Fulbeck, Lincolnshire
10th July 2016
Friday’s practice showed Joseph to be on form at one of the tracks he frequented as a Bambino driver, being more than half a second quicker than anyone on his first outing, keeping the pace up all day and through into a very wet qualifying session on Saturday.
The weather was horrendous and practice had to be postponed on Saturday until the conditions became less dangerous, nevertheless timed qualifying was still a wet session and saw Joseph qualify on pole.
The first heat should have easily been a win but Joseph looked like he was losing pace and indeed he was as when he pulled in at the end of the race it was discovered he had a puncture from a pin in his tyre, however 5th place was a very credible result considering what he had to deal with in lack of pace, grip and uneven balance.
In the second heat Joseph slipped back but fought back against a gaggle of karts and finished 2nd – this put him on P3 for Sunday’s first final.
Sunday was an altogether brighter day and Joseph was looking forward to going racing hopefully without incident!
The first final saw a tough race, some in-team scrapping allowing the leader to get away, however Joseph still managed to finish 2nd to rack up a good chunk of championship points, needing another good result in Final 2 to maintain his strong position at the top end of the championship.
Starting on P2 for Final 2 meant Joseph was again on the front row however, very early in the race it was clear that something was not right with the kart, he was working hard and it was easy to see how hard he was trying, but, no matter what he did he couldn’t get the pace he had had all weekend.
Working tirelessly to try and stay at the front and defending very hard at the end of the race to maintain the position he had dropped back to, in the end he finished 7th, leaving him frustrated and wondering what could have been!
It seems it was an engine problem that was responsible, very disappointing for such an important race.
It’s now a long wait until the final round at PFI in September, but there’s lots of Little Green Man rounds to concentrate on in between!