ROUND five of the Scottish championship once again visited Westland’s Activity Centre in the Scottish Border town of Annan.
It was a perfect day for racing, the sun was out, the paddock was full and that heavenly sound of tiny two stroke engines pinging away filled the woodland that surrounded the track. The track it’s self is a fantastic venue for a family outing, catering for everybody’s needs.
With another early start for the Alderson’s, a lot was to get done before the racing commenced. Westland’s isn’t one of James favourite tracks as he struggles with sections of it that are very bumpy, leaving the bike very unstable at high speeds. James’ dad Stephen had a lot of work ahead of him during practise and qualifying to get the bikes gearing set up just right so James could get the full potential out of his Polini bikes. James would be contesting two classes for round five, the Junior C and the Lightweight Production class.
In the Junior C class qualifying James put in some fast laps straight away, but was still not getting what he wanted out of the bike. After a few more alterations to make the gearing longer, James went back out and grabbed second position as the flag came out. During the races James got lightening starts in all three, but couldn’t outpace the leader. This aside James remained in second in all three races, leaving a considerable gap back to third and giving him second overall for the day. James is second in the championship 15 points adrift of the leader with three races left on the calendar.
In the Production classes they were all run together, Feather, Light, Middle and Heavyweight. This once again makes for a very large and fast grid, but with James’ confidence growing with each session and being aboard his new steed the Polini GP6 everything was set. With two good qualifying sessions and only some slight changes to gearing, James took third overall on the grid. In all three races James rode hard with the fast riders and finished fourth in all three races, giving him second in his Lightweight Production class. James sits second in the lightweight championship with 96 points with three races to go, 29 points adrift of the leader.
James dad Stephen recapped on the days racing “James was riding really well on his GP6 Production bike which is quite a handful on these short tracks and looked very impressive in the races. We were pleased with the results we got from Westland’s and it was great to have no real bad problems, James’s confidence grew from strength to strength today and again we were very proud.”
The next round of the Scottish Championship will be on James’ home track at Warden Law, Sunderland September 9th.
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