LGM Series | Round 3 | 11th June 2017
Dry warm weather was forecast for the Kimbolton meeting, and that’s exactly what we got all weekend.
Saturday practice saw Joseph put in the fastest lap in every practice session, even matching the times of competitors who switched to new tyres to find a faster time, while Joseph remained on old tyres. Last practice of the day, Joseph tries new tyres and finds 2 tenths more than anyone else on track. A huge amount in karting times.
Sunday morning practice and Joseph again goes fastest. The kart was perfect he said.
Random grids and no qualifying was to be to Joseph’s detriment in heat one. Mid pack, Joseph’s kart got loaded from the driver behind on the first corner resulting in a dropped nosecone – costing Joseph a few places and receiving a penalty. A top 5 finish was not a bad result, but the nosecone penalty moved him down to 14th. Starting last in the next heat was now a harder task to try and make up points for his final grid position.
Heat 2 was a bit easier and whilst climbing from last into 3rd within the first 8 minutes, a Battenburg flag slowed the pace down and a last lap green flag meant a battle commenced between the top 10 karts. Joseph managed a 5th place finish.
Heat 3 was the easiest heat with Joseph in the lead early in the race, a few swaps from second to first then a complete drive away from the chasing pack to win it comfortably.
The points from the heats gave a P2 start, only one point off pole, the nosecone penalty and the batten burg flags in heats 1 and 2 showed what otherwise could have been.
The final was 15 minutes long and the dreaded outside start of P2 at Kimbolton, was not the place to be. The rolling start saw the same drivers as usual try and get through to Joseph to stop him getting away. Joseph allowed the pack to run quickly into the corner, and ran that little bit further on himself. At the last split second slowing the kart and pulling off an insane manoeuvre to drive around the pack on the outside line and onto a clear track in the lead. And that’s just where he stayed, putting in continuous fastest sectors and laps, with the chasing pack working together to catch him. He became uncatchable with a lead of just under 8 seconds over the line. Fastest lap of the race went to Joseph a few laps from the end at 43.27 and some more vital points.
Whilst interviewed on the podium Joseph said he wanted to say some thanks to some people who are helping him. He thanked his mechanic Tyrone, Terry Fullerton (who Joseph is a development driver for and was there to watch and support him) Laurance Laybourne, Graeme Lowdon and CEFC Manor TRS Racing (Joseph is on the Manor Young Driver Programme), and all of his sponsors for giving him support in his racing, and finally to Jade Racing Team. Joseph explained how he felt their knowledge of karting was the best he’s seen and for their support he’s very grateful.
Joseph now sits (position to be confirmed) top on the National LGM table, the next round is Larkhall in Scotland. More of the same will do quite nicely. In the meantime Joseph is spending time testing with his mentor Terry Fullerton around the UK.