ROUND eight of the FAB Racing British Championship was held once again at Llandow in Wales. Being the final round all the YRF Juniors wanted to go out on a high.
Charlie Atkins had secured third position in the championship at the previous round hosted by Whilton Mill, however it was still mathematically possible to snatch second place. Setting off on a wet track during practise was not ideal. As the track dried during the day, the youngster from Goole started lapping faster and faster, eventually posting the fastest lap and taking pole position during qualifying.
Sunday morning had arrived and with it a lengthy day of racing. Charlie was eager to get out on track for the final races of the year aboard his DMR prepared Polini GP5. As they lined up Charlie got a great start and started to push hard, unfortunately he took a tumble, but managed to rejoin the race and crossed the line in fourth. In race two and three Charlie got off well from the line once again and went on to win both races. This would give him second overall for the day, “I wish I hadn’t come off, that would have given me a first place overall for the last round of the year. But I’m still very happy with my second place.” Charlie explained. This result gave the young race star third overall in the FAB-Racing British Junior A Minimoto championship in his rookie year.
Charlie also rode his Metrakit GP50 at Llandow, it has been a learning year for the youngster on this bigger bike, learning gears and dealing with suspension. A steady practise session set him up for qualifying, were he finished up in fifth position for race day. Unfortunately during race one the bike started having problems and Charlie was forced to retire.
James Alderson was also eager to get out and put up a good fight for the final races of the season. This weekend James would try out the new bike he will contend the 2013 season on, a GRC RRZ. With Friday practise being wet, James decided against running the GRC and used his DMR prepared Polini GP5, where he put down some consistent lap times for the day. Saturday arrived and although the track was drying James used his GP5 once again for morning practise. A small split in the exhaust pipe was the only thing that occurred during practise, so the decision was made to run the GRC during Qualifying. James started getting used to the GRC, however it was still down on power, and so a few last minute Jetting and Gearing changes were made. James found it to be a bit quicker but could still only manage sixth position.
Come race day the weather was dry and James had his fighting spirit intact. Although still suffering on the straights with the lack of power, James managed to take seventh in race one. In race two James got a good start but at the beginning of lap three, his steering damper snapped but still managed to cross the line in 12th. Race three proved to be a little bit trickier for James, as he had to race a bike that he hadn’t ridden all weekend. Still, despite little set up or practise James managed to maintain the pace of the front runners and took sixth at the flag. “We have had a good year doing the British and James has gained a lot of experience, my only qualm is that we did not really have a bike up to doing the Championship which I feel has let James down, overall James has finished 6th in the British Championship.” Added James’ dad Stephen.
Ross Turner had a learning weekend. The youngster from Shropshire finished the Junior A races in 17th, 12th and 11th. In the junior Production class he got a well deserved tenth, eighth and eleventh. And finally in the MiniGP 50 class Ross took tenth in race one and was forced to retire from race two and three.
Thank you to all the YRF riders and their parents for flying the flag of the Young Riders Fund throughout 2012.
Photo’s courtesy of Rachel Bryden