Taylor battles it out in Round 3 of the IAME Euro Series
IAME Euro Series Round 3 – 25th – 28th July 2019
Wackersdorf, Germany was the setting for possibly the biggest upset of Team Taylor’s 2019 campaign. Much like the Formula 1 – also in Germany – the Friday was plagued by changeable weather. Joseph – historically strong in the wet – set some impressive times and was soon at the sharp end.
This pace continued into Saturday’s heats where he made up eleven places in his first heat of the day to finish 3rd. He again showed fantastic overtaking pace in the next two heats making up several positions to finish 10th and 7th respectively.
With championship points up for grabs in both the Pre-Final and Final and with Joseph entering the weekend 2nd in the championship – behind championship rival Oliver Bearman – all was to play for in the Sunday.
Joseph put on a fantastic show in the pre-final, making up 4 places to finish 3rd, keeping him well in contention for the top spot.
It was the final however where all the drama unfolded. Beginning 3rd on track Joseph held his ground well at the start to stay with the leading duo. He picked his moment carefully and quickly made his way in to 1st place where he defended well. Oliver Gray – behind – however put on the pressure and was able to pull off an impressive move in lap 12 of 15. Undeterred Joseph stayed hot on his heels and it looked that he was biding his time to take the position back.
The swap in positions however allowed the karts behind to close the gap. As they headed round a sharp corner the 4th placed kart appeared to brake too late, forcing him to carry too much speed around the corner, hitting Joseph – in 2nd – sending them both spinning, ending Joseph’s race.
Despite protests to the stewards no action was taken against the move, a move that puts Joseph in 5th while Bearman remains 1st in the Championship.
The final round of the series will be held in France 29th Aug – 1st Sept.
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