Joseph Oelz came into Saturday’s 2nd Round WP Rotax Junior Max Championship in pole position after a healthy haul of points at the season opener in February. His goal was certainly to maintain his advantage at the top of the standings while pushing to be the fastest man around Killarney’s 1km Kart Circuit.
Fastest he certainly was as he laid down a perfect lap of 41.811 in the morning qualifying to ensure a new Junior Max record. Charl Visser was not far behind with a time of 41.879 while Troy Dolinschek, Tate Bishop and Kai van Zijl completed the top 5 respectively.
As the lights went out for race 1, Oelz lost a position to Visser and the two proceeded to drive away from the rest of the field. They literally traded lap times with next to nothing between them as they held station to the checkered flag, Visser taking the victory by less than a second. Simon Simpson-Heath completed the top 3 although someway behind. Oelz did however get the fastest lap getting him a pole start in the next race.
Race 2 got off to a shaky start as Joseph was relegated down to P5. None the less he put his head down and went about working his way through the field. He made his move on van Zijl in lap 4 and 3 laps later got past Bishop. He proceeded to reel in 2nd placed Dolinschek by around 3 tenths a lap but it would be in vain as Dolinscheck kept second. Meanwhile Visser had made the most of no real challenge from behind and duly checked out for the win. P3 for Joseph being as good as it would get.
The subsequent race 3 start seemed to be a replay of race 2 as Joseph emerged from the 1st lap chaos in 4th. He slid past Simpson-Heath on lap 4 and went chasing after Dolinschek and Visser, who had by this stage opened up a small gap. Although showing blistering pace it was not enough to catch the front two, who were by no means slow themselves. It would have to be another P3 for Joseph at the flag and overall 3rd for the day’s racing. Definitely not the result the team was hoping for as the pace was without a doubt worthy of a top step on the podium. Oelz does however maintain a healthy advantage at the top of the championship standings and will be looking to make good on his pace come round 3.