THE Final two rounds of the Scottish championship were hosted by Kartstart Kircaldy, the indoor venue in the Kingdom of Fife.
At Round seven of the Scottish Championship, James contended two of the three classes he was eligible for, the air-cooled Junior C and the Lightweight Production class. In the Junior C class James got the day underway by qualifying in the third place.
Taking his place on the grid for race one, James got a good start but struggled with the set up of the bike. Finding a consistent rhythm James settled in and crossed the line in third position. Race two and three proved to be the same as race one giving James second overall for the day in the Junior C category.
In the Lightweight Production class, all weight classes ran together making a large and fast grid. James still managed to set some fast lap times over the two sessions and qualified in fifth. In Race one James got a brilliant start gaining a position straight away moving in to fourth. James carried on pushing but kept a sensible head on his young shoulders and crossed the line taking fourth. In Race two James got a blinding start off the line and started putting in very fast times moving him in to second position as he crossed the line. In Race three James got another good start and diced his way up to third position for the flag, giving James second overall for the Lightweight Production class.
In round eight James could relax and enjoy his days racing, with his second position in the championship secured. The only thing hanging over his head for the day was the promise from his father Stephen, of a Pizza on the way home if he managed to get a 23 second lap.
James would be contending three classes, and as the Junior C qualifying got under way it was clear to see he was enjoying every second as he put it on Pole position for the races. Race one got underway with James taking the lead from the off and leading all the way through, also securing his Dinner on the way home with a 23.827 lap. Race two and three were much of the same with James leading the field and finishing up in first, with an impressive 12 second lead in race two.
In the Lightweight Production class it would once again be ran with all the other weight classes out together. James went out for qualifying and once again started putting in fast lap times and securing fourth amongst the fast field. During Race one James got a good start and kept with the leading group, but unable to better his position finished fourth. After a few last minute gearing changes, Race two got underway. James got off the line quick again, maintaining fourth until lap five when he made a move to give him third over the line. Race three was very much like the previous races with James looking strong all the way through and sealing third at the flag.
As a last minute entry James decided to run in the Open class to check the clutch in his DMR prepared Polini GP5. In all three races James got a fast start and rode confidently and comfortably in to third, giving him third overall in the class.
James’ dad Stephen recapped on the season and the days racing “James was really impressive today looking at the times for the Junior C, no one this year has got under the 24 second lap, I am really proud of James and we finished the season on a high.”
James Finished up the Scottish Championship second in the Junior C, Second in the Lightweight Production and Fifth in the Open Class (having only competed in two rounds.)
Thank you once again to Ian at DMR for preparing the bikes and to Alan of McIntosh Minibikes for Organising the Championship.