Switching teams and karts
Since our last e-mail, Team Taylor has been very busy indeed, making 2 quite radical moves, changing teams and simultaneously moving to the racing kart being manufactured by Joseph’s mentor and long term supporter, Terry Fullerton. Terry has been developing his own kart for 2 years now and has finally got the specification to where he wants it and it was tactically appropriate to have Joseph competing on a Fullerton kart. A link-up by Terry with the Jade Racing Team, who are now running all their drivers on Fullertons, made also joining the Jade team an obvious move.
The winter was spent getting used to the new kart and also testing it with different engines, as now that Joseph is 12, continuing in the Cadet category didn’t make sense, so a choice had to be made between Mini X30 and OK-J, although quite a bit of running was done in Junior X30 specification (which would have been the natural way to go, but the Motor Sport Association, the ruling body in British karting, has delayed lowering the age limit to 12 until next year, although in Europe the change came in this season), with the decision being made to go with OK-J.
OK-Junior and OK-Senior are two of the dominant classes in Europe and as the plan for this season is to do as much competing abroad as possible, OK-J was a “no-brainer”.
Testing has proven very fruitful, with some promising lap times being achieved, culminating in a second place against much older drivers in the first Super 1 championship race at Rowrah the weekend before last.
Joseph Represents the UK
It’s just been announced by the MSA that Joseph is one of the two nominated drivers to compete on behalf of the UK in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy series which takes place at Genk, Belgium, in May, Le Mans, France, in July and Alaharma, Finland, also in July.
This is a great honour and accolade for Joseph, representing the UK and competing against 48 other drivers from around the world.
In preparation, Team Taylor are making the trip to Genk next weekend to get in some practice, along with Scott Allen from Jade and Joseph’s trusty mechanic, Tyrone, who has moved teams to continue working with him.