Rallycross star Taylor takes second at Knockhill

Jake Taylor in action at Knockhill
Jake Taylor in action at Knockhill

Retford driver Jake Taylor put in an impressive performance to take second in his third ever British Rallycross Junior Championship race.

The 16-year-old, in a Peter Gwynne Motorsport Suzuki Swift, was up against the testing bumps of the Knockhill racing circuit in Scotland in the MSA Swift Junior Championship.

After consistently passing the chequered flag second throughout the day’s heats, Taylor lined up for the final alongside 2013 Championship runner-up Charlie Bean, now in his third season, and 2013 Junior British Rallycross champion Drew Bellerby.

The seasoned racers had the lead for the first corner until they turned for the pit straight and Taylor saw his chance to make a move on Bellerby and with door handle to door handle action Taylor got the advantage.

It was not long before the pressure was on leader Bean and during the gravel section a gap on the inside of the corner was all that was needed for Taylor to spy a clear track ahead and take the lead.

On the following lap, heading for victory disappointment struck as it was a red flag waved rather than a black and white one after Bean took a roll through the gravel section and ended up on his roof.

A re-run was announced and Bean’s car was salvaged so all were able to restart, yet further issues became apparent off the start line which saw Bean retire.

The lead was once again Taylor’s until a challenging run from Bellerby and a battle through the corner saw in an encounter with the tyre wall although quick reactions resulted in hasty return to track to claim second.

Clutching his second place trophy, a delighted Taylor said: “It’s my best performance to date, second place at my third event feels amazing.”

“I want to learn and improve my Rallycross skills, its a totally new discipline for me and I definitely learnt a huge amount at Knockhill, I’m very happy.”

The next stop for the British Championship is at the Pembrey circuit in Wales for round four on 27th July.

Coverage of the Knockhill event can be seen on Eurosport HD in the coming weeks.