This weekend was the much-anticipated opening round of the Super One Series, the MSA British Championship. Held at the prestigious PF International circuit, only a week had passed since Jospeh’s last visit in the opening round of the LGM series.
Joseph entered the competition on strong form, finishing first out of a field of 39 competitors in Friday’s qualifying. It looked as though this pace would continue into the heats, Joseph achieved another first place finish in Saturday’s morning practice.
In heat 1 Jospeh lined up in 1st place, then dropped to 2nd in the opening lap. He regained 1st in the next lap and held the position for half the race. With a tight pack behind however, he was edged down to 5th in one lap. He fought back, gaining a position a lap until the chequered flag, resulting in 2nd place – he just ran out of laps for a 1st place finish.
In heat 2 Joseph again lined up in 1st. This time a strong start allowed him to hold onto the position right through to lap 2. The chasing pack was tight again and Joseph spent the rest of the heat swapping places with 2nd, 3rd and 4th eventually finishing in 3rd.
Joseph’s heats performance earned him a starting position of 2nd for the first of the two finals. Final 1 was certainly an exciting spectacle. Joseph was swamped by karts into the first corner and was pushed back to 5th. He spent the next two laps attacking for 4th place while simultaneously defending his position in impressive form. In the next lap the front-runners made contact with each other which Joseph capitalised on, leaping into 3rd place. All of this had allowed the 1st place runner to start to build a sizeable gap. By lap 6 Joseph’s times were showing purple (fastest lap), he was pushing hard. In the next lap Joseph made an outstanding move to gain 2nd – he now needed the 3rd place runner to work with him to reduce the lead 1st place had built up.
With 3 laps to go it was clear to the chasing field that 1st place was unattainable, so 3rd place stopped working with Joseph and began to attack for position. Positions swapped as a tight pack jostled for 2nd. Jospeh entered the final lap in in 4th place. As he made a move for 3rd in the final sector the cry from the commentator’s box was “Taylor is shunted back to 6” – the position he would cross the line in.
Joseph would now begin final 2 in 5th place. A strong start allowed Joseph to dart up into 4th place which he held for the next 3 laps. In lap 5 Joseph lost out to the chasing kart to drop him into 5th. The race that followed was a fairly stagnant one for the top 5 runners. All held their respective positions to the chequered flag, with no one able to close the gap to the kart in front.
It was a busy weekend for stewards so positions are still subject to scrutineering, Joseph currently sits in 4th following the opening round.
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