Bonjour from Team Taylor

Bonjour from Team Taylor

Team Taylor heads to France

CIK-FIA Academy Trophy | Round 2 | 2nd July 2017

This weekend sees Joseph head to Le Mans, France, home of the legendary 24Hours, to compete in the second round of the prestigious CIK-FIA Academy Trophy. Joseph impressed in the opening round held at “The Circuit of Champions” in Belgium, finishing just outside of the podium in 4th.

Catch up on all the action and watch the final by clicking here.

Le Mans will mark the mid-season for the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy. The 2017 edition of the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy began with the domination of two Dutchmen Mike van Vugt and Tijmen van der Helm against Belgium’s Xavier Handsaeme on the Genk (BEL) track.

If the leader wins again at Le Mans, the Trophy will have every chance of returning to him. The battle is likely to be intense between these young talents aged between 12 and 14 years driving their one-make Exprit / Vortex / Bridgestone karts. The chances of revenge are very real for those in the top 10 while the progress of all produces battles at all levels of the ranking. 

The Weekend

Joseph’s weekend will begin on the Thursday when he will receive his kart – the organisers provide identical equipment to all competitors – tyres and driver briefings.

Friday will give Joseph his first opportunity to drive the kart in free practice and qualifying practice. Saturday is when the real work starts. Using all the information gathered on the Friday,  Joseph will be looking to secure a top grid position in Qualifying. Sunday the fun begins, race day. The morning will allow for one more warm up and a final qualifying heat to decide the race grid. The final of 19 laps (25km) is due to begin at 13:30 (11.30am GMT).

Follow the Action Live

You will be able to follow the action live at cikfia.tv. The racing promises to be exciting with Joseph competing against over 50 of the best 12 to 14 year old drivers from all over the world.

Preparing for Le Mans

Last weekend Joseph took part in a club meet at Whilton Mill. A great weekend for him with a truly dominating performance in the final. Starting from 5th on the grid, by lap 3 Joseph was 2nd. It didn’t take him much longer to battle past Georgi Dimitrov and lead the rest of the race to the finish. An excellent result to build confidence heading to France!