British Kart Championships
Round 1 & 2 – PF International
Competing in the familiar Junior X30 class, confidence was high in the camp.
Unlike its predecessor (Super One Series) – the British Karting Championship features a double-header at each race weekend, with points awarded on both the Saturday and Sunday, in separate finals.
Saturday opened with a promising start, 1st in qualifying, followed by a 3rd in heat 1 and another 3rd in heat 2. With penalties awarded – one to Joseph in heat 1 – this gave a starting position of 11th for the final.
The competition level was high and Joseph spent the majority of the race battling with the mid-pack, waiting for his tyres to come up to temperature, ready for a charge to the front. This unfortunately came too late and although he would finish the race with the fastest lap time, all that was managed was a finishing position of 13th – upgraded to 12th following penalties.
Clear that the pace was there – a few tweaks were required to get the tyres up to temperature earlier in the racing – Team Taylor began the new day on Sunday – and the new round – filled with confidence.
Sunday’s qualifying brought with it a 2nd place finish. Following this up with a repeat of the sharp-end results from Saturday would have been ideal – and it was exactly what it looked was going to happen, as Joseph began the penultimate lap of Heat 1 in 2nd. Unfortunately the driver ahead had different ideas and in a Vettel-style move, following getting squeezed off the track, by Taylor as he took his rightful racing line around the corner, the leading competitor – now behind – decided to return to the circuit and hit the side of Joseph’s kart – sending them both down the running order to 11th & 12th respectively.
A stewards enquiry would state that as both racers had effectively punished themselves, no further action would be taken. Joseph made sure he stayed out of trouble in the second heat – avoiding a battle and settling for 2nd place – a sensible move given that the driver ahead was the same who had collided with Joseph earlier.
This resulted in an 11th place start for the final – a position which he would again struggle to gain ground from, despite again showing tremendous pace and finishing with the fastest lap.
Not the start hoped for in the new championship – but certainly not one that it will be too difficult to bounce back from.
Next race is 10th – 12th May at Shenington for rounds 3 and 4 of the British Karting Championship.