A Great Summary of the whole day from Swift Rallycross Championships below which was shared by PowerMaxed…….
For Junior Driver Jake Taylor the trip to Pembrey Circuit for Round 4 of the British Rallycross Championship was filled with excited anticipation having made his Rallycross debut here back in 2013.
With the Junior Swifts opening the event, in search of the fastest line through the freshly graded gravel section, clipping a tyre stack sent the Retford Racer into a spin. Hot on his heels fellow competitor Charlie Bean entered Taylor’s tornado of dust only to meet in the middle resulting in heavy front end damage to both cars.
Somewhat deflated with his return to paddock being assisted by a recovery vehicle and a Marshall speculating it may be the end of his days racing Taylor relayed the incident to the team and they set about the rebuild.
Taylor patiently observed the team at work as fellow competitors and crews from the Swift Camp came to check the welfare of him and the car. The severity of the damage came to light making Taylor’s hopes to return to track fade as the first heat was missed. Changing from his overalls, the sixteen year old resided to the fact he would be a spectator for the rest of the day.
The crew conscious a non-point scoring round would hamper his title chase battled on to get the car straight and prior to heat 2 all four wheels were on providing the chance to get back out and score some vital points.
Overalls back on and a smile restored, Taylor realised the game had now changed. With two heats remaining and the awareness of the Swift having taken a severe shunt, completing the last two heats were paramount to be eligible to contest the final.
Showing a mature attitude Taylor lined up on the grid with the clear objective of completing the remaining heats rather than chasing the win to make the final which is where it would all count. Further issues that arose due to the earlier impact were overcome and his place in the final was secured.
Keeping a level head Taylor kept it smooth in the final to bring home a comfortable third place and silverware not thought possible several hours earlier.
Jake Taylor:Pembrey was eventful to say the least, full of ups and downs. Thought it was early retirement when I collided with some tyres. The mechanics did an excellent job bringing it back to life which was truly staggering, although without my racing head on I had to trickle the damaged swift back home I still landed a podium 3rd place finish. I am definitely going to be checking the level of grip out there next time before I go for it! Pembrey will be a day to remember!”
Sarah Watson, Peter Gwynne Motorsport: Jake is just so keen, although this is only his fourth rallycross event, with the great increase on pace he showed at Knockhill and having driven the track before, he was anxious to get out there and get a result. It was such a shame the gravel just caught him out at the start of the day. For a young driver, Jake’s level of maturity impressed us all today, reflecting on what happened and learning from it. His feedback to the mechanics on how the car handled when returning to the paddock meant they were able to diagnose further issues and overcome them to ensure the car finished the day, getting him valuable points to keep him in the running for the championship.