Super One Series Round 3 at Larkhall | 12th & 13th May
This year’s Super One Series (MSA Championship) has been a tale of woe so far for young Taylor. In the first two rounds he’s opened the weekend with outstanding pace but struggled to convert this into race wins on the Sunday. A nasty collision in the last round reduced his points standing, however, more importantly Joseph was unscathed.
In Saturday’s two practice sessions he struggled to get the kart dialled in and finished mid-table. Uncharacteristic and unlike any other Saturday session this year.
Timed qualifying was much the same and although he did manage to make up 4 places in the first heat, he still finished 18th, repeating this result in Sunday morning’s heat to give him a starting position of 17th for the final.
Joseph is well known for his overtaking skill and although disappointed with the grid position, he was confident he could make up the places, indeed making up two positions in the opening lap, so things were looking up. By the 2nd lap he was up into 13th place and looking like finally finding the pace used to from the kart. Unfortunately this was where his charge was halted. Surrounded by cars and being forced to defend with a kart that was not performing he began to drop back. Ultimately crossing the line in 18th which would become 16th following scrutineering decisions.
Things did not improve in the second race where from a starting position of 16th, he would eventually cross the line in the same place, but would gain another two places once penalties had been taken into account, however these mid-table finishes are far from what he has come accustomed to.
Lots of work is now to be done to ascertain exactly what went wrong and ensure everything is ready to go for the next round in June.
Joseph now sits in 15th in the championship standings.
Round 4 of the Super One Series is on the 2nd and 3rd June at Clay Pigeon. Live timing will be available at the Tag Heuer Timing website.
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