We first met Rob Spencer on 10th December 2011 when he insisted we engineered new front and rear AP Racing brake kits for his Caterham style bike powered race car… for a race in 2 weeks. He collected the new parts and fitted them to the car on Christmas Eve, then we all bundled off to watch how he got on at Mallory Plum Pudding on Boxing Day. Rob went on to win both races and lapped everyone up to the second place Radical, which would have also been lapped given a bit more time! We knew then, that even as good as his new brake set-up was, Rob is something special. Even though Robs racing skills are undeniable - his ability to build race winning cars on a fraction of the competitions budget, makes him legendary.
Joe was only 15 at this point, but has definitely inherited his Dads genes. Within a few races, he was on the podium, and an outright race win was only a matter of time. This came at Anglesey July 2014 - and will no doubt be the first of many. Joes edgy driving style is effective, and makes him great fun to watch, typical of the new XBOX generation!
Rob and Joe have been a huge inspiration to me personally, and I would not have a race licence today without their selfless help and encouragement.
From reporting Joe’s first win this time last year, he has now remarkably consolidated himself as “the man to beat” this year.
Joe turned up at Anglesey in the amazing looking new black and orange Stuart Taylor which his father Rob has finished just in time for the race.
The car did a couple of laps of testing, but Joe wanted to save the tyres and engine for the race weekend – so little work was done on set-up before Saturdays events.
It was neither fully wet nor dry for the opening race of the weekend, but it was Joe made another lightening start and held off Gary Watson, Phil Duncan and Dave Harvey (in the sister car) through Turn One.
Unfortuantely Gary Watson sheer pace gave him the lead on the second lap, despite Joe’s defending efforts.
Joe then got tackeled up with backmarkers, and with traction being an issue, he struggled to keep on Gary Watson’s tail. Dave Harvey in the sister car came home third overall to add yet another podium to his outstanding maiden season.
The previous days drizzle had given way to a dry track for Sunday morning’s qualifying session.
Joe again was second to Gary Watson, with Dave Harvey on the second row.
Gary again had the pace over Joe, and Dave Harvey did a superb job of capitalising when others had problems to again finish by faultlessly driving a reliable race car.
Going into the second half of the season, Joe has yet to play his joker and still in second place in the championship, and Dave Harvey is enjoying and unpresidented run of podiums in his first season of racing. Credit also needs to be given to Joes father, Rob Spencer for building and maintaining the race cars - which in his hands also – take some beating !