ROUND four of the Scottish Championship once again visited Kartstart Kirkcaldy and it was to prove a busy day for James Alderson as he tackled all three classes.
With quite a bit of work ahead of them the Alderson’s started their Journey from Durham to Kirkcaldy at 05:00AM to get ahead start setting up the three bikes ready for practise.
In the Junior C class James started strong from the off aboard his Polini during practise and with a few minor adjustments to the clutch started to set quick times. Qualifying got under way and after both sessions James took second position for the grid. In all three of the Junior C races James took second position, however in the Second and third races James took the fastest lap times and really challenged for first position. The final two races saw first and second position split by four tenths of a second. Overall James took second position for the day.
In the Light Production class all weight groups ran together making a large grid. With only a minor change to tyre pressure during practise James stepped in to qualifying setting fast laps straight away. During the 10 minutes of qualifying James swapped second and first position constantly until the dying seconds were he dropped in to third as the flag went out.
Race one got under way and James set off with the leading group in third position. Staying with the leading group but not gaining any ground with the two front runners James kept a consistent rhythm and crossed the line in third.
Race two held a little bit of drama for James, after a solid start running in third he came off the bike on lap four. Being the focussed racer that he is he quickly picked the bike up, remounted and resumed racing, still in third position. However he had not realised that in his little off he had spilled coolant from the engine and the bike seized just after the finish line. With one race to go and his Polini GP5 out of the picture, James had to rely on his Junior bike to finish the final race. Despite having no set up for this class aboard the substitute bike James crossed the line in a respectable fourth position, giving him third overall.
The Open class is a much faster class with older and bigger riders than James. Despite this, the 11-year-old finished up practise sitting in third and then finishing qualifying in fifth position. James rode hard through all three races, however once again they were not all drama free. In race one after James secured fourth place it was discovered back in the pits that his Polini GP6 had fuel tank leak. This untimely malfunction left James with no other alternative but to take his Polini GP5 out for race two and after a long race James crossed the line in fifth. In race three back aboard his Polini GP6 with a new fuel tank and a fresh clutch, James finished in a respectable fourth.
With all three classes finished and after a very long and very busy day not to mention having one very tired rider, James dad Stephen reflected on the day’s races “James rode very well and got 2 podiums today, so James was very pleased. Once again I was proud of James, to ride 3 classes’ takes a lot of concentration.”
Next Round of the Scottish Championship will take place at Westlands Activity centre, Annan on August 12th.
Check www.westlands-activities.co.uk for more information