Although winning is always the preferred option, Daryl DeLeon Taylor is pleased just to maintain his streak of podium finishes in the Hagerty Radical Cup UK. If truth be told, the Filipino-British driver simply did not have the speed to challenge for the lead when the series visited Snetterton over the weekend. Yet, he still delivered 3 hard-fought podium finishes to keep his championship hopes alive.
He and Valour Racing arrived at the 4.779 km circuit with high hopes especially after scoring 2 wins at Brands Hatch a month ago. Despite a gearbox issue forcing them to miss out on a few test sessions, the time sheets showed a lot of promise with Daryl setting fast times.
The 17-year-old maintained this pace during Qualifying and with new tires, clocked a lap that should have given him pole position for the races. Unfortunately, the time was later deleted for exceeding track limits with his next best lap being only good enough for P3 on the grid.
After making a clean getaway at the start of Race 1, Daryl then proceeded to challenge Ben Caisley for P2 and eventually got past on the second lap. But by that time, race leader James Lay was already too far ahead and too quick to catch up. Daryl would later cross the line in 2nd place, 8.086 secs behind Lay and 24.119 secs ahead of Caisley.
Race 2 was a fairly lonely drive for the #20 red-and-silver Radical SR3. Daryl held position as the lights turned green with Lay and Caisley speeding off into the distance. Daryl just could not match the pace of the 2 and settled for 3rd place to collect valuable points for the championship.
Valour Racing made set up changes to his SR3 ahead of Race 3 to help Daryl fight at the front. This would allow him to edge ahead of Caisley on the opening lap, slot into P2 spot, and begin to catch up to Lay. Daryl was making good progress and rejoined the track in P4 after making his mandatory pit stop (with a hefty 15 secs success penalty). He then gained another position before trailing behind Chris Preen who was in P2. But just because they were Valour Racing teammates doesn’t mean Preen will make life easy for Daryl as the Filipino-British driver tried to find a way past. The pair were nose-to-tail all the way to the chequered flag with Daryl maintaining 3rd.
From leading the championship heading into Snetterton, Daryl DeLeon Taylor drops a spot in the Drivers’ Standings to 2nd but only a single point behind James Lay who was unbeatable all weekend. He’ll be aiming to regain the top spot in the championship when the Hagerty Radical Cup UK resumes on the 17th and 18th of June at Oulton Park.
Daryl DeLeon Taylor: “Overall a good weekend with a pair of 3rd place finishes and a 2nd. With the speed that we had, I really couldn’t complain. It’s good points for the championship and we’re still in the fight. I think we need to regroup and bounce back hard at the next round. I’d just like to thank everyone involved Valour Racing, my mom and dad for their support, Time Attack Manila, and Train Maintenance Services. I think Snetterton was a tough one but we got to the end and that’s what matters.”
Daryl DeLeon Taylor is supported by Train Maintenance Services (TMS).