British Karting Championships
Round 5 & 6
8th – 9th June 2019 Larkhall, Scotland
It was time to venture North last weekend as Team Taylor headed to Larkhall Scotland for Round 5 & 6 of the British Karting Championships. Sat in 13th place following a difficult start to the season, it was time for Joseph to put that behind him and earn some well needed championship points.
The build up to Saturday’s final for the first round of the weekend could not have gone better. In qualifying 2nd place was achieved with a gap of just 0.02 seconds behind the pace of the leader. This was followed up by consecutive victories in both heats gifting Joseph pole position for the final.
The final was extremely competitive with the leading pack staying very close throughout the whole race – no one was able to break free and command the lead. Joseph fought well – collecting the fastest lap along with a podium finish – 3rd place and valuable points for the championship campaign.
Returning to the now familiar Strawberry tent for Sunday’s round confidence was high. Strong pace had been demonstrated all day on Saturday. Despite things not going to plan in qualifying – 11th – Joesph was unfazed stating “It’s just more karts to pass in the heats – easy”.
The heats proved to be just as competitive as Saturday’s final with drivers seemingly defending positions right from the start rather than pushing for places. Joseph would make up 2 places in his first heat and 4 places in his second heat, awarding him 7th for the final. Undeterred, Jospeh was still confident he could make up places in the final with his pace. Disaster struck as the lights went green to start the final – Joseph’s steering broke and was hanging on by the back-up tape. Head over to Joseph’s Instagram and check out his story to see the bolt in question that cost him the race. Spectators could see he was struggling for pace and wasn’t sure quite why, he lost places but miraculously got them back to finish a 5th – an outstanding achievement considering steering was almost impossible.
Joseph now sits in 7th place in the series at the half-way point (6 rounds to go). Next up is Rowrah on the 12th July.