Taylor endures frustrating weekend in Ireland

Taylor endures frustrating weekend in Ireland

Taylor endures frustrating weekend in Ireland

British rallycross driver Jake Taylor endured a challenging weekend at Mondello Park in Ireland, racing in rounds four and five of the RX150 Rallycross Championship, the single-make single-seater buggy support category to the MSA British Rallycross Championship (July 22 – 23).

Having undertaken a test session on Friday to hone the setup of the RX150 more to his driving style, Taylor was hampered through round four due an electrical problem with his Loco Energy Drink-backed RX150 Buggy, but despite the problems Taylor set competitive times in one qualifying session, his best performance in the buggy so far, to secure a place on the grid for the final. In the final, he challenged for a podium finish until slowed by technical problems in the final corners. The race later had to be re-run due to the chequred flag being shown one lap too early, but MSA Academy Member Taylor was unable to complete the restarted final due to technical issues.

On Sunday for round five, with the circuit being run in the opposite direction, the problem with Taylor’s buggy was rectified in time for Q2, where he finished second in the session to put himself in contention for a front-row starting position for the all-important final.

However, at the start of Q3, two drivers ahead made contact at the first corner as Taylor was making a move around the outside of the pair, and was unfortunately an innocent victim of additional contact that pushed his RX150 buggy into the Armco barrier at high speed, resulting in a heavy impact.

Taylor was taken to the medical center for precautionary checks, but was thankfully unharmed. The same could not be said for the buggy’s chassis, which sustained unrepairable damage in the accident, putting Taylor out of the event and potentially ending his 2017 season.

“I was really frustrated, however when the buggy was working it was incredibly fast and suited me well, it’s just a real shame that we had some issues this weekend. The effort we put into testing paid off and enabled me to understand the best settings for my driving style. The fact we were unable to finish is all part of the learning process really, the tough part of motorsport,” said the Retford driver. “On Sunday, we really proved how much progress I’ve made this year with second fastest time in Q2, and I really felt like it could be my day. I made a lightening start from the outside of the grid, but the damage caused by hitting the barrier was huge. I feel very lucky not to be injured.”

Despite the lack of a big points haul, Taylor’s early season consistency means he remains third overall in the championship standings. “We’re not sure what the future holds at the moment, or if we can get back out again. I’m glad that everyone in the accident is okay and I must say a big thanks to the medical team, marshals and the response team at Mondello for taking great care of all involved,” he said.

"I’m just so disappointed that I proved I have the pace and technique when things are going well to really improve in the championship, even if I only completed two of a possible eight races at full pace this weekend. I’m very happy with my progress and something clicked this weekend - I gelled with the RX150 more than I have at any event so far and a lot of people noticed that too. I’m very grateful to Loco Energy Drink for helping me get out to race, every minute in that seat is learning time and hopefully we can put that to good use going forward and I will be back even stronger.”

Final results, Round Four, Mondello Park:

1 Marc Scott
2 Stephen Jones
3 Brett Harris
4 Kirk Langley
5 Chrissy Palmer
6 Jake Taylor

Final results, Round Five, Mondello Park:

1 Chrissy Palmer
2 Kirk Langley
3 Stephen Jones
4 Georgia Sheils
5 Brett Harris
6 Jake Taylor

RX150 Rallycross Championship:

1 Chrissy Palmer 129
2 Kirk Langley 114
3 Jake Taylor 103
4 John Ward 99
5 Stephen Jones 98
6 Brett Harris 92
7 Georgia Shiels 90
8 Marc Scott 75
9 Mitchell Flaherty 51
10 Adam Sargent 39
11 Larry Sargent 35
12 Steve Harris 18
13 Richard Moore 17

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