2016 saw Joe being stretched further by changing class again into Junior Rotax, no one could have imagined the year would end with him being a double Champion and getting two tickets to compete in the World Finals in Sarno Italy.
The season started well for Joe but funding kept him away from the British Open. He took podiums regularly and was showing that he had real potential to be among the top seeded drivers in the UK.
With UK racing going well it was decided to put Joe out in Europe in the Belgian, Netherlands and Luxembourg Championship series (BNL). Competing in the six rounds Joe showed real class, mastering the new tracks with limited track time and delivering round after round and eventually being crowned 2016 BNL Champion and getting his ticket to compete in the World Finals. To do this in a maiden season is a significant acomplishment.
Back on home soil the British Championships were going well with slightly below par tyres delivering a slightly disappointing Shenington round but even worse ones causing real problems at PFI.
The final round was filled with drama as Joe's tyres grained in quali and deteriorated rapidly in the two heats. He went into race day with the worst tyres he has ever had to use. Never to be defeated Joe maximised his equipment as he always does. He knew he couldn't attack in the same way but he was able to maintain his position and finished 6th easily enough to give him the championship win and becoming the British Champion 2016 with the coveted no1 plate.
Taking double championships is extremely rare and it is a measure of the talent of the driver and the hard work of everyone begind the scenes at KR Sport that creates an environment where winning is possible.
Joe has numerous opportunities and offers but funding remains his limitation. Do you know someone who could partner this talented driver, share his publicity, his successes and enjoy some great racing? If so please get in touch, email@example.com.
Joe moved into the highly demanding Rotax classes where the speeds are greater, the racing harder and the demands on the drivers on an off the track become even harder. The minimax field for 2015 was acknowledged as being one of the finest and most competitive for years.
He returned to work with Martyn Smithers at KR Sport which is owned by Ash Orchard. They are Rotax World Champions and widely respected as being one of the best teams in the UK. Joe had to work exceptionally hard in his first season to match the drivers who have had years in the junior classes before him.
None of this phased Joe who got straight down to racing and won the second round of the British Championships. Despite being the victim of some faultless crashes continually pushed and ended the season with a double victory and was seeded 5th in the UK.
He also competed in the British Kart Grand Prix and came a highly respectable third. Unfortunately funding prevented us from entering the Open Championship.
Funding remains our real limitation, can you help or do you know anyone who can help? Please make contact of you feel you can help this young sportsman deliver his potential.
2014 was a good season for Joe. He raced in Super One and despite suffering severe power issues for around a third of the season and operating on a limited budget he was seeded 10th in the British Championships and 7th in the National LGM series. He finished his cadet career with Next-Gen Motorsport under the guidance of David Bellchambers. Joe has learned immensely during his time in cadets and has too many people to thank than can be listed here but it is right to mention Gary Chapman, Martyn Smithers and David Bellchambers.
2013 delivered many race wins including becoming the Shenington 2013 iame cadet champion, the Superprix Champion and the Winter Series Champion at Shenington. Joe made the step up to Super one and as a novice finished highly in many rounds and races. He finished the year with a seventh place in the British Open Championship at the superb PFI track in Grantham. Racing at National level prevented Joe from participating in many local club championships but it was critical to put him out with the very best drivers.
Joe pushed hard early in the year and supported by his team learned very quickly. Not only did he close in on the top performing drivers he started beating them. As the year progressed he became one of the front running club drivers consistently winning heats and taking fastest laps.
Towards the end of the year his talents were spotted by Clive Temple of Cranfield University of Motorsport and was appointed an Associate Driver, a great honour for such a young driver.
He rounded off 2012 with back to back wins to seal a superb year, to be a driver with race wins in his first full year of competitive karting is remarkable.
Joe was spotted at Daytona MK by ex F1 driver Anthony Davidson. He saw Joe as he drove in and parked up and watched him for a while, he commented on how naturally talented and instinctive he thought he was, he later tweeted that Joe was "One to watch for the future." Joe took his ARKS test shortly afterwards.
When Joe took his ARKS test he once again impressed another authority in Karting, this time UK, European and World Championship karting driver Gary Chapman who described Joe as an "Immense talent." Gary signed Joe immediately for his racing team, there Joe met Martyn Smithers not only was a great partnership formed but the roller coaster ride that is MSA karting began. Joe immediately impressed winning four out of five possible novice trophies only denied the fifth due to an error by another driver.