Joe made a great start and was quickly up to third but after a few laps things started to go wrong, a stub axle bearing collapsed and it was virtually impossible to turn right which given that almost every kart track is clockwise is a disaster. Unwilling to defend for several laps he had no choice and slowly he slipped back to tenth. It was a testimony to his driving that he managed to get the kart home at all.
Final two he started on the outside and had to put in a real fight to get back into the race but he did and was on the back of the leaders when a driver rejoining the track after an incident hit Joe's axle and caused damage, although he kept going to take 5th it was good luck because only the sprocket protectors kept the chain in place on half the sprocket.
A costly round on points but some good racing and Joe remained P2 in the overall championships table.
Joe's next UK race is at Fulbeck in July for round 4 of the British Championships.
Round three of the championships took place at Buckmore Park in Kent, a popular and demanding circuit with limited run off areas and tricky up and downhill sections. John Surtees, track owner, has invested heavily in maximising potential at the circuit and it provided a great facility for this demanding weekend.
Friday practice went well and Joe looked very strong all day.
Quali delivered the perfect result with pole position from a last flying lap result.
Heat one that afternoon took place on a very wet circuit, Joe made a slight mistake striking a corner or his nose cone on a wall, this pushed in one of the four nose cone brackets and a mandatory 10 place penalty was imposed.
Heat two was much better with a second place secured but the low finish after penalty in heat one meant he had to start seventh for final one.