JAMES Alderson once again crossed the Border for the third round of the Scottish Championship, at the small outdoor circuit of Westland’s in Annan.
The youngster from County Durham struggles to get his head around this circuit with it being his least favourite on the Scottish calendar. However with nine races ahead of him, in three race categories, James got down to business.
In the Junior C class James had qualified on pole, giving him the confidence he needed going in to race one. As the flag dropped, the youngster got a brilliant start leading in to the first corner by three bike lengths and finally taking the flag 12 seconds ahead of second. Races two and three had the same outcome with James taking control in all three of the races.
In the Production class, all three weight groups ran together. James took third position in qualifying narrowly missing second by 0.006s.
James got a great start in race one and quickly moved up to second. A hard fought race saw James pushing so hard he started lifting the front wheel of his Minimoto, earning his second position. Races two and three were very much the same, with James taking the fastest lap of the day in the second race.
In the Open class they ran reverse grids over the four races. In race one James started at the front and got a great start, fighting hard in the fast class he managed to secure second at the flag. During race two James fought hard once again running in second position. However in the closing laps his clutch went and only just made it over the line to take fifth.
Race three was declared a wet race, so James decided to ride his lesser powered Junior bike on wet tyres. The youngster started from further down the field and despite a valiant effort, managed eighth due to engine problems. In race four James made the brave decision to ride on slick tyres in the now mixed conditions. However this did not pay off and he was forced to retire after a few near misses, giving him fifth overall in the Open class.
“James really had a fast pace today and looked really comfortable on the track, overall we had a really good day and as always I was proud of him.” His father Stephen added.
James would like to thank NGK, EC1 Drinks, Bikewise and the YRF as well as his family and friends.