WITH the ‘Off Season’ almost at an end, YRF Junior James Alderson took to the track for a little bit of fun in the annual Scottish Minimoto Winter Endurance race at Kartstart Kirkcaldy.

The race is two hours long with a team of three picked randomly at sign on at the beginning of the day. Each team consists of a Novice, Intermediate and an Advanced rider who will race for ten minute stints on their own machines. A quick change over is essential at the end of the 10 minute session, with the Chief Mechanic (James’ dad Stephen) doing a transponder swap, to get the team back out on track.

The day started off with all riders having a five minute warm up which would also create their grid position for the start of the race. With James’ team starting from third the two hour race got under way with the Novice riders out first. After a few intense sessions and some lightening fast transponder change over’s the team soon found themselves in first place with a seven lap advantage. Unfortunately the top spot wasn’t to be theirs for long when the Intermediate rider on James’ team hit technical problems. The cat like reflexes of the chief mechanic jumped in to affect, as he darted across the track to retrieve the transponder to put on to James’ bike to finish the rest of the Intermediate session. Despite all the effort to get back out on track, the seven lap lead had vanished and the team crossed the line in second place just a few laps adrift of the leaders.

James used his track time to get to grips with the bike again after the winter period, and start focussing on the season ahead. With his new sponsor NGK Sparkplugs onboard, James is brimming with confidence about the 2013 season.

If you think you could help James in his 2013 campaign in way of sponsorship, Email Lee@youngridersfund.org for contact details.