Season opener in Italy | WSK Champions Cup

Season opener in Italy | WSK Champions Cup

A promising start to 2018

​WSK Champions Cup | Adria International Raceway, Italy

25th – 28th January 2018

Joseph opened his 2018 campaign with a trip to Italy to compete against 77 of the world’s best in the WSK Champions Cup. It was a difficult weekend for Team Taylor with a multitude of technical issues hampering progress in the preliminary heats. Joseph, undeterred, found a way to get the most out of his mighty OK Junior machine. 

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The weekend opened with several free practice sessions, followed by a series of qualifying sessions. True to form, Joseph was at the sharp end with some impressive times – first practice saw him cross the line in 4th, just 0.186 seconds behind the leader. It was clear the standard was high.

He followed this up with a 5th, however his engine was struggling to cope with the cold conditions and this, coupled with tyre issues, saw a disappointing 42nd place.  Frustrated but not put-off, Joseph headed into the eliminatory heats feeling confident in his skills and hoping he’d seen the back of the technical gremlins.

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His performance in the first eliminatory round was staggering, managing to make up 7 places in a very impressive run, giving a 7th place finish. More of the same in the next round, this time making up 9 places. It was clear Joseph had the skills to make a mark in this competition.

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The Final

Joseph’s impressive overtaking meant he was able to chip away at a lot of the damage to his points tally from the earlier misfortunes, lining up in 12th and crossing the line 8th. Not the weekend hoped for, but he had survived the eliminations and secured a place in the final.

Starting mid-table for the final in 16th place,  there was a lot of work to do and it was going to be difficult to break away.

As the lights went green Joseph made a good start but was swamped by other drivers and dropped down a few places. By lap 4 however, he made these back up, only to lose them again on  the following lap. The competition was fierce!  After being held in 18th, a daring move brought 17th, the position he would ultimately cross the line in.  A disqualification further up the field would gift him 16th.

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Not the result Joseph was hoping for but lots of positives to take away, in particular his pace in the eliminatory heats. Joseph will continue to complete test days in the lead up to the opening round of the Little Green Man Tour in April at PFi.