JAMES Alderson flew the solo YRF Junior flag at the weekend as he tackled Round Three of the Scottish championship at Westlands, Annan.

Qualifying got underway in perfect weather conditions, and with two sessions for each race it gave the youngster plenty of time to get to grips with the tight and twisty track.

At one of his least favourite tracks on the 2012 calendar, he found a good set-up and qualified   second on the grid in the Junior C class on his Alan McIntosh-prepared Polini GP6.

Heading out for Qualifying One in the Lightweight class, James was hit by clutch problems on his and ended the session fifth overall.

He made some adjustments before the second session, and this time found a better pace but was unable to better his grid spot of P5 for the races.

Race One in Junior C started well after a good start and he enjoyed some good dicing to cross the line second.

But back in the pits after the race it was discovered he had cracked the frame, and with the clock ticking ahead of the second race, there was no alternative but to use his spare bike with some quick adjustments.

At the green light James made a storming start, and jumped to the front of the pack, finishing second. Race Three was a carbon copy of the second, with the young rider taking another well-deserved second place and more silverware.

However the weekend wasn’t over yet, and James faced his next challenge – the Lightweight class. This was run with all weight classes – lights, feathers, middles and heavies – making for a full grid.

In all three races James got quick getaways and was soon dicing up at the sharp end and enjoying some good scraps with a number of other riders.

In each of the three 15-lap races he scored fourth places, which put him into second place in his class.

“I was really proud of James,” said dad Stephen. “For some reason he isn’t keen on this track but did the best he could and received two podium finishes.

“We were all really happy and are looking forward to round three of the British at Llandow and round three of the Scottish which will be on home ground at Walden Law.’

Round Three of the British championship will be at Llandow over the weekend May 18-20, while Round Three of the Scottish championship will be held at Warden Law on June 10.