He began the weekend as he always does – strong, setting the fastest time in the opening practice session. Then came the heats, starting heat 1 way back in the field, at 16th, he held this position in the opening lap, keeping out of trouble. Then he began his charge, making numerous overtakes in spectacular form until by lap 6 he was in 10th place, continued to push and was able to cross the line in 8th place, setting fastest lap in the process. Unfortunately, a 10 second front fairing penalty would then see him drop him down to 16th.
The 2nd heat of the day saw a much more favourable starting position, 5th, but staying out of trouble in the opening lap, actually cost a position. However, a charge started in the 2nd lap produced 3rd position by lap 3. Holding this position until lap 12 facilitated the steal of another place, giving a 2nd place finish.
For heat 3 Jospeh would line up in 22nd, with somewhat of a monumental task ahead of him. With so much work to do he didn’t hang about at the start and by the 2nd lap had made up 3 places, and continued to make up places every lap until – when in 13th place – ran into traffic. Held up and stuck in 13th for 3 laps, he was finally able to make his move and take 12th for the finish. A fantastic charge which – along with his other heat results – brought a starting position of 8th for the final. Not ideal, but not a complete disaster.
Joseph shot off the line gaining 3 places in the first lap, taking 4th place within the next 2 laps, plus setting the fastest lap of the race along the way, then began a charge on the front runners who were now some distance ahead. The gap started to close, however a red flag due to a torrential hailstorm stopped the race early, before a real challenge on the squabbling front-runners could be managed.
Finishing positions (plus bonus points for the fastest lap) means a move up to 2nd in the championship standings.
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