Warden Law in the North East of England hosted the third round of the Scottish Minimoto Championship. YRF Junior James Alderson would be joined in the Scottish Championship round by fellow YRF Junior Charlie Atkins.
With Warden Law being James’ home track he entered all three classes, Junior C, Light Weight Production and the Open Class. It was to be a busy day for the Alderson’s as all Practice, Qualifying and three Races per class are held on the same day.
In the Production classes all four categories would be on track at the same time, Feathers, Lights, Middles and Heavy Weights, this makes for a rather large grid. Despite a collision in qualifying that left James with no alternative than to change from his new McIntosh Polini GP6 to his GP5, he started the races from fourth.
James started all three races strong and battled with a huge field, however in race three he was taken out by another rider but managed to re-mount and cross the line in fifth in his category. This tallied up with two second places in the first two Light Weight Production races and gave him third overall for the day.
In the Open class James ran his Polini GP6 which he had earlier crashed out on. He had been suffering problems after a new clutch took longer than anticipated to bed in, leaving the bike unable to reach the RPM needed to run at the front. Despite these problems James did what he does best and rode the bike to the maximum, and achieving three solid finishes.
In the Junior C class James rode his best races so far on his Polini GP6. He qualified in first place in both sessions giving him a head start. James rode perfect races, leading from the beginning in all three to finish first overall. His last race proved to be his best with a 13 second lead as he crossed the line to the cheers of his friends and family.
Stephen Alderson, James’ father was overwhelmed “I was so proud of James to finish first on his home ground with all our family and friends there seeing it, this really was a good day. The meeting was really busy with lots of spectators and James was on a high.”
Charlie Atkins also took to Warden Law despite being unfamiliar with the track or the Scottish Championship format. He rode the Junior B class and was also given the opportunity to ride in the Feather Weight Production Class.
In the Junior B class Charlie put in some impressive laps that put him second on the grid for the races. Charlie started each race getting a brilliant start from the line pushing the bike up to biting point of the clutch and powering down to the first corner in first position. After some great racing and a lot of position swapping, Charlie took his DMR prepared Polini to two first places and a second that gave him a triumphant first position overall for the Junior B class.
In the Production classes Charlie would ride in the Feather Weight category. It was a huge field of 21 riders, but he managed to qualify eighth overall which put him first in his category. Charlie rode solid races giving him a first, second and after a slight off and re-mount a third, which gave him second overall in the Feather Weight Production class.
The next round that the YRF Juniors will contend will be at Rowrah on the 22nd – 24th June.
Thanks to Bob Brown of www.Bikewiseminibikeclub.org.uk for the photo’s.