ROWRAH in Cumbria hosted the third round of the Fab Racing Minimoto Championship. Charlie Atkins would be the Sole YRF Junior representative with James Alderson concentrating on the Scottish Championship.
Contending the Junior Production class aboard the Minimoto Racing/Scott Redding academy sponsored GRC production Minimoto and the MiniGP50 class on his Metrakit Mini GP50, Charlie used Saturday’s early morning practise sessions getting to grips with his newly supplied GRC Minimoto.
With the weather gods on his side, Charlie soon got to grips with the machine and topped the time sheets in practise, however dropped to fourth during qualifying.
Sunday’s weather was not so favourable with flashes of heavy rain and strong gusts of wind. A hard fought race one saw the youngster from Goole, rocket from the second row and dog fight his way to the lead and crossing the line in first. Race two and three Charlie showed much of the determination that he did in race one finishing second and third, giving him second overall for the day.
In the MiniGP50 class Charlie once again showed astounding improvements on the bigger Metrakit 50cc machine over last year, topping the time sheet’s in practice. Qualifying one saw the youngster finish in second, however halfway through the second session the bike seized and threw Charlie off. Enough work had been put in early in the session to give him his first ever pole on the big Metrakit. Charlie’s father Gareth worked frantically overnight to have the bike ready for Sunday’s races.
With a freshly rebuilt engine Charlie lined up for race one, getting the hole shot he battled through to take second position. In race two the youngster set off strong again fighting for the lead, however three laps from the end Charlie slid off damaging the bike and ending the days racing. “Charlie’s massively disappointed. But we’re still so proud of him, his first win on the Proddy and first pole on the 50 is still some massive positives to take away with us” explained Gareth.
Charlie now sits fourth in the Junior Production class and third in the MiniGP50 class.
Charlie would like to thank the YRF, Julian from Minimoto racing and Scott Redding for all there help and support.
Photo’s courtesy of Rachel Bryden