An expensive crash in free practice didn’t stop Joe Turney from coming away from the opening round of the Super One British Championships in Rowrah, Cumbria with a trophy for his collection.
Saturday morning practice was lost due to a very expensive crash on the out lap so he went straight into qualifying on the back foot, unsure if the repairs would affect his kart in any way and without the benefit of fresh data.
Qualifying 10th, Turney raced through the field to take a sixth and a third to put him third on the grid for final one.
Turney was running second when he was forced onto the grass and held there in a reckless move which could have ended his race .
But he managed to get back into the pack and although he had dropped several places and now had filthy slicks, Turney stormed back and setting the fastest lap, (and the event lap record) finished fourth.
In Final two, he had to start P4, again the outside, this dropped Turney back a few places and the front two managed to pull out a big gap, around two seconds, as Joe carved through the traffic.
Once free he set some blistering laps. The driver in P2 sensed Turney’s arrival on his tail and started going for moves on the leader, which held Turney up.
Eventually the MK racer was able to get past and closed back in on the leader.
On the penultimate lap he went wide having got caught on some debris from another drivers excursion off track but managed to pull back.
In a tense final lap, Turney opted to settle for second place and defended well to make sure.
The next round will be held at Rissington in Gloucestershire over the weekend of 23rd and 24th April.