Again contesting three classes, it was an early morning start for the County Durham youngster and his family.
In the Junior C class James got to grips with the track very quickly, despite the bike struggling to perform to its full potential. However this didn’t hold the youngster back as he posted the fastest time in both sessions giving him pole position for the races.
With race one about to get underway, heavy rain battered the track and race control declared a wet race. It was a race against time to get the bikes tyres changed over to wet’s and spray down all the electrics with WD40. James finished all three races in first position in horrendous conditions, with the bike only starting to play up in the final race.
In the Lightweight Production class, all three weight classes would run together to make a very deep field. James qualified third on the grid using his 4.2 Junior machine instead of his Production bike, due to the conditions and the nature of the track. With reduced visibility and a very wet James he battled through all three races taking third in each, giving him second overall.
In the faster Open class reverse grids were run over four races, James once again used his Juionr 4.2 bike. In race one James started close to the front, but dropped back to fourth. After a settling down he crossed the line in second. Another good start in race two saw James running in second until he high sided, James remounted and finished. In races three and four James finished third after starting from the rear of the grid, this gave him second overall a very impressive ride in horrendous conditions.
“I was really proud of him the weather was awful and he did what he does best and ride a good as he can, this was the most comfortable I have seen him ride Westlands, James confidence was on a high.” Added Stephen, James’ father.
James would like to thank his family and friends, NGK Sparkplugs, EC1 Drinks Limited, Bikewise and the YRF.