THE 2013 season got well underway with rounds one and two of the FAB-Racing British Championship at Llandow in the south of Wales. The YRF Junior’s James Alderson and Charlie Atkins, have spent all winter waiting for this weekend to showcase their race craft to new sponsors.
NGK supported rider James Alderson got the ball rolling using the Thursday practise session to set up gearing for the long straights. Although the track temperature was very low, James found plenty of grip on the infield and made up for what he was lacking on the straights.
Friday saw three practises, which James set an impressive 56.57s lap on new tyres and a fresh clutch. As the day got warmer James lap times tumbled rounding off qualifying two with a 53s lap and lining him up on second spot on the grid in the Junior Production class.
Round one of the Championship was held on Saturday, and with three races ahead of him and a clear track in front James was out to impress. After a good start in race one James settled in to a rhythm and finished third. A slow start in race two saw James drop down to fourth, but with sheer determination he fought through the field and started to gap third position to take second over the line. Another slow start in race three dropped the youngster down to fifth only to gain one place by the end of the race. This gave James third overall for the day.
Sunday held round two and the end of the racing weekend. In race one James got a good start and settled in to third out of the first corner where he remained until the chequered flag. Race two saw James get bogged down off the line and end up in fifth, but using his speed on the infield charged back up to third and setting the best lap of 53.984s. James got his best start of the day in race three and after a hard fought battle, just lost out and dropped back to fourth, giving him fourth place overall for the day.
James would like to thank NGK Sparkplugs, Bikewise, The YRF and his family and friends for their support.
Young Charlie Atkins had a hectic weekend ahead of him also. The newly appointed Scott Redding Racing Academy Team rider, had his first taste of the Junior Production GRC bike supplied for him “Dad, this bike is mega fast, I love it” was the initial response after first practise. Charlie spent practise and qualifying getting used to the bike and managed to qualify in a respectable seventh place.
Round one, race one was to be Charlie’s first race start on the new more powerful bike, which he over cooked and came off. Managing to get back on the bike he made it in to the first corner second from last, and after a few laps started to eat up the field finishing his first ever Junior Production race in fifth position. Race two Charlie started to experience problems with the bike and coaxed it over the line in sixth place. Unable to find the fault in time Charlie was unable to compete in the third race of the day.
After an evening and morning of fault finding, a relieved Charlie Atkins Lined up on the grid for Sunday’s second round. Charlie once again started to improve from the previous day dropping 2.5s from his lap times and finishing the day with two fifth places and a sixth.
Charlie also had his Metrakit to race in the GP50 class, which would be a much more familiar feel. Qualifying in third Charlie had set himself a good position for the races ahead of him. In round one the youngster fought hard for two second places and a third, with only the starts proving a tad difficult. Round two saw Charlie take three second places and only two seconds adrift of the leader.
Charlie would like to thank the Scott Redding Academy, The YRF and Julian at Minimoto racing for all the help with the new bike and most of all his family for their continued support.