Stand out season for JT
Ask Joseph what his favourite part of 2016 was and he’ll answer you without a pause to think – meeting his hero.
As part of Joseph’s prize for winning the Formula Kart Stars Cadet championship in 2015, there was a trip to the Mercedes F1 factory at Brackley.
Lewis Hamilton was there to meet everybody and spent time explaining stuff about his championship winning car. He signed autographs and posed for selfies.
Super One Series
Expectations were high for Joseph heading into the series. In practice he consistently put in lap times that blew the competition off the track. This continued throughout the season with exceptional qualifying performances all year.
When it got to the races however, it was a trying season. Points for qualifying in pole and fastest laps in finals played to Joseph’s advantage and were crucial in his success. As early as round 1, bad luck struck when a final was stopped early due to a red flag – right when Joseph was making a charge for first.
The season continued like this with Joseph always at the front, leading the pack for the majority of the race and only losing out on the win by seconds in the final lap. The penultimate round however saw more bad luck for Joseph with engine problems putting a halt on progress. He fought back in the final and secured a very impressive 2nd place in the championship.
Little Green Man
The Little Green Man tour was another tightly fought season with some outstanding performances from JT.
Competitors start in random positions in the heats to determine grid position. In Round 1 Joseph started in 15th for the final. A performance Joseph’s hero would have been proud of saw him put in a Hamilton-esque run, finishing 4th along the way and setting a fastest lap of 1:07.48, which proved to be the event record.
Joseph’s fast times continued through the season, again awarding him extra points in the championship.
Round 4 and Joseph wins his first race of the season. he put in an impressive performance in the wet with impeccably timed overtakes. The race for the championship win was hotting up.
Round 9 LGM Final
A good start got Joseph up to 2nd place by lap 2, then the in-fighting began with a vengeance, with 2nd place turning into 5th, then 4th, then into the lead for lap 11 & 12, back to 2nd on the next lap, then onto the front again for lap 14, then – disaster – bumped out of the lead on the last lap, right down to 9th, where the race ended.
It had been a thrilling episode, a fitting climax to a hard-fought 2016 Little Green Man series, but all was not lost as that 9th place finish garnered enough points to see Joseph secure 2nd place. This improved on 2015’s 4th place finish, with the added bonus of fastest lap and a new event record.
Kartmasters Grand Prix 2016
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. He was 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. This allowed 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!
Watch the final
To finish the season, Joseph headed to Las Vegas to compete in arguably the biggest event of the year in karting, SuperKarts, affectionately known as SKUSA.
This was the second time Joseph had competed in the event and was looking to improve on the previous year’s result of 14th.
The heats leading up to qualifying saw Joseph improving his times in every session, he was quickly becoming one of the ‘ones to watch’ for the final.
It appeared to be Reece Gold’s race to win, starting on the pole position of the Mini Swift main event and pulling out to a solid lead. But by lap five Joseph was up there and jostling for the lead.
A drag race down the long straight was won by Nepveu, going from fifth to first on the final circuit to cross the line first ahead of Taylor by 66 thousandths of a second.
2016 was a fantastic year for Joseph and the results show it.
It all could not have been achieved however, without the support of his sponsors. Joseph, his family and team would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you.
Here’s to a successful 2017.