Taylor stars on RX150 Rallycross Championship debut at Croft
Rising rallycross star Jake Taylor finished fourth on his debut appearance in the RX150 Rallycross Championship at Croft Circuit (March 19), a support category to the MSA British Rallycross Championship.
With limited testing ahead of his first ever event in rear-wheel drive rallycross machinery, the Retford-based driver used the early practice sessions to become more acclimatised to the single-seater single-make buggy. He was unfortunately unable to start Q1 due to a minor technical problem, which the Team RX Racing mechanics rectified for Q2. MSA Academy Member Taylor then impressed by setting the fifth fastest time in Q2, despite not achieving the optimum getaway as the lights turned green - the former MSA Junior Rallycross Championship driver still getting used to the unique characteristics of the RX150 buggies that can set lap times similar to those of top-level 600 horsepower Supercars.
With a solid start in Q3, Taylor was again fifth fastest having been involved in some on-track battles to qualify seventh on the grid for the final. Building on the knowledge gained throughout his maiden RX150 outing, Taylor made a fantastic start in the final and avoided contact between other cars at turn one to climb to fourth, where he remained to the finish of the six-lap race, fending off the attentions of more experienced drivers behind.
“Wow, that was a massive learning curve for me, but I feel like I bonded with the RX150 very well and it very much suits my style,” said Taylor. “I loved every aspect of the day, we had a few small niggles here and there, but everyone worked really hard and it worked out well in the end - that’s all that matters. Through the day I was more and more on the pace, but there is certainly room for improvement after reviewing my on-board footage. There are lots of gains to be found, which will help in my preparations for the future.”
Taylor explained that finishing just one place away from the podium finish exceeded his expectations on his debut in the competitive RX150 field. “To get fourth on my very first event in the RX150, I am very, very happy with that,” he said. “The final was just the best feeling. Having an RX150 on full chat and braking later beyond what you think is possible, that’s a mega adrenaline rush. I was so emotional and happy when I crossed the finish line, having worked incredibly hard to get to this point in my rallycross career means so much. I got a glimpse of what is to come in the future and I think I did myself proud.”
The Jake Taylor Rallycross team is continuing to work with potential partners to support a full 2017 season, and Taylor plans to be back on the grid at round two at Lydden Hill, next month (April 17). “I can’t wait to get back out in the RX150. We’re working hard on my plans and looking for partners to help support my goal of a full 2017 season. Please do get in touch if you would like to be involved.”
Final results, Round One, Croft Circuit:
1 Chrissy Palmer
2 John Ward
3 Kirk Langley
4 Jake Taylor
5 Mitchell Flaherty
6 Brett Harris
7 Adam Sargent
8 Georgia Shiels
9 Larry Sargent