KARTMASTERS GRAND PRIX
PF International, UK
7th August 2016
The race results from both days are combined to give the Pre-final starting grids on Sunday, the result of which gives the grid positions for the Grand Prix Final on Sunday afternoon.
Thursday practice went well, Joseph getting on the pace very quickly, but Friday was a really hot day and the track was very different, but he was at the top of the times for the last half of the session.
Timed qualifying didn’t go quite as well, producing a 3rd place, which after merged grids meant a start in 4th place for both heats.
In race 1 Joseph quickly moved up to third, then second, pushing the leader for 3-4 laps, getting on to the front, but finally succumbing to the front runners in the pack, finishing up third.
Race 2 started somewhat badly, being punted over the grass on the first corner but getting straight back on, albeit way down the pack and although it took a good couple of laps to clear his tyres of grass/debris, moved up the grid to record another third place finish.
Saturday was again very hot but also very windy (not great for the long straights at this track).
In race 1 Joseph got knocked off the track coming off the bridge and spun into an oncoming kart which ripped off a front panel and despite efforts to wedge it with his foot, had to come in and get it fixed, but still managed to finish, although well down.
A decision was made to switch both carb and engine for the next race to try to address a perceived lack of power, but unfortunately this didn’t have the desired effect and the best that could be managed was seventh.
The Pre-final on Sunday saw Joseph start eleventh, get a great start to slot into fourth before the 1st hairpin, make a move on lap 4 to take the lead, lose it for a lap, then get it back and lead for another 5 laps!
Fate intervened though, the loss of the lead at the bridge allowing the opposition in 3rd & 4th to push through, resulting in a last lap that saw the lead change several times and Joseph finishing 5th, still a good place to start the GP.
The start to the Grand Prix was a good one, immediately moving up the pack, but again seeming to be struggling for pace while still remaining at the front end of the race.
After numerous changes at the front, on the last lap a group of five karts went in to the pit corner with Joseph emerging at the front ready to exit heading for the main straight and the win, with the commentator even shouting “Taylor’s got it”, only to be hit by the squabbling group and knocked out of the way, allowing the fifth placed competitor to drive around the front of the pack to take the win!
Joseph finished a still creditable 5th place, left wondering what could have been if he hadn’t been collected in the last corner!