LGM at G-Y-G | 18th & 19th August
Team Taylor headed across the border to Welsh Wales for the penultimate round of the LGM series last weekend. Following success at Whilton Mill, Joseph had a sizeable lead in the series. However, pressure was still high following his ‘nosecone nightmare‘ at Rowrah earlier in the year. With the ever-looming threat of every driver’s worst round being eliminated from their total score at the conclusion of the season, a strong points haul was still essential.
Qualifying & Heats
All went to plan at the start of the competition with a P3 in qualifying followed by a victory in the opening heat. The same however could not be said for the final heat prior to the race. Lining up in 3rd for the start, Joseph was edged wide and subsequently dropped down to 7th. Undeterred – and knowing he had strong pace – a charge up the pack began. All was going well – positions were gained – until a collision between two karts ahead clipped Joseph as he tried to avoid the pair – damaging his chassis. The kart was nursed home in 8th.
With a mammoth task ahead, Team Taylor mechanic Tyrone set to work on the damaged kart. With a skill that was been affectionately referred to by engine supplier Ogden as a ‘#TyroneTune’ all was repaired in time for the race.
4th for the final was not ideal but not a disaster either. The strategy was an obvious one – get ahead quickly as G-Y-G boasts a windy and undulating circuit leaving little room for overtaking.
Making up one place in lap one and another by lap five there was only Nelson King ahead with a sizeable lead. The gap reduced somewhat but not enough in time – 2nd would have to be settled for.
Some on-the-spot sums suggested to all at Team Taylor that with that result he was virtually un-catchable by his closest championship rival Thomas Fleming – who finished 9th. Now holding a 30 point lead in the series, the Series title will surely be collected at the final round in October at PFi. We’re already clearing a space in the trophy cabinet!