All did not go as planned in the 2nd round of the 2018 Super One Series Championship last weekend held at Whilton Mill. After a difficult start to the season in the opening round at PFi, Joseph was looking to put the disappointment behind him and collect some valuable points. But motorsport can be cruel, and this weekend provided yet more challenges for Joseph’s mental resolve.
The race weekend provided a mixed bag of weather making for a challenging event. Joseph however – much like his idol Lewis Hamilton – is famed for being strong in the wet.
Joseph began the weekend as he always does, at the sharp end of the grid, finishing 2nd in the first practice session. This was then repeated in the first qualifying session. On Saturday the rain came and all 35 Junior X30 competitors hit the track in wets.
There were to be 2 heats to determine the grid for the 2 finals on Sunday. The first heat was where the weekend’s problems began, lining up in 6th for the start and after losing out on lap 1, remaining in 7th for the next 6 laps. On lap 7 disaster struck, being forced to retire following a rare ignition coil failure….
This resulted in a starting position of 6th again for the 2nd heat. Conscious of needing to bring the kart home this time, Joseph had a conservative start. In the opening few laps he dropped to 9th, moved up to 7th, then dropped to 8th, which was held until lap 5. Positions continued to swap throughout the remainder of the heat, with Joseph never really managing to break away, crossing the line in 9th.
With the difficulties of Saturday’s heats behind him, a strong performance was needed on a now dry track in Sunday’s finals. Final 1 showed just how good an overtaker Joseph is, starting way down in 29th, with a mountain to climb. He wasted no time making up as many positions as he could with a masterful drive finishing in 17th, but once penalties were dished out this turned into 14th position. Things were beginning to look better for a damage-controlling points haul.
A slightly better starting position for final 2 of 14th would hopefully allow Joseph to make a charge on the front-runners. Unfortunately the start did not go to plan and Joseph was pushed wide, conceding a number of positions and it was not until lap 6 that he was back up to his starting position. He continued to charge on but a collision in lap 11 ended the race early. Luckily without any injuries, although his points total took a beating.
Joseph now sits in 12th in the championship standings.
Success in motorsport is so often about the ability to overcome challenges, put bad weekends behind you and focus on the next race. That’s exactly what needs to be done with the next round commencing only two weeks later.
Joseph will be competing in round 3 of the Super One Series on the 12th and 13th May at Larkhall. Live timing will be available at the Tag Heuer Timing website.
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