LGM Series | Round 2 | GYG
28th May 2017
Red hot weather leading up to the event gave way to a cool overcast Saturday test with threats of showers, sometimes slight rain, but never quite enough for a wet tyre. Saturday’s results were very strong especially since Joseph had not visited GYG since last year in the Super One Series and had not been back to test their since.
Posting the fastest time by a large amount in the first test of the weekend showed that the pace was to be set by Joseph. That stayed the same for every session, with Joseph being the one to match. Temperatures somewhat 10 degrees cooler than the week before, the track was still very ‘grippy’ and the times fell as the day went on. A successful test with a race day ahead and confidence riding high for a good result.
Random grids can often fall in or out of favour, Joseph again showed good pace earning the pole position and an extra 2 points in the bag before the final.
The sun was out for the final, and as it was getting warmer throughout the day. Joseph had requested to lose some grip as he felt the kart was starting to have too much grip as the 12 lap heats had progressed.
A hard start saw Joseph attacked by old team mates from every angle but after initially dropping back out of the lead fought his way back to take the lead again. His pace impressed and he secured the fastest lap of the weekend and a lap record at GYG. If this pace could continue there was surely no way to catch him. Unfortunately that was not the case, and as the sun shone, the track became faster and gripped harder, which affected the kart more as Joseph entered the penultimate lap. Holding onto the front pack and hoping for a fight to let him get involved in the last lap battle, the best that could be managed was a fourth place slot, albeit very close over the line, with Joseph commenting ‘the pace of the kart was gone’ following the race.
Not the result Joseph had hoped for after showing such a dominant performance early on however extra points for pole and a fastest lap gave a good overall result. Lessons learned from a lack of testing at GYG to ensure maximum performance as a development driver for Terry Fullerton. Next stop, testing at Le Mans in preparation for the second round of the FIA Academy Trophy 2nd July 2017.