YRF Junior and NGK rider James Alderson is fast approaching the end of his 2013 campaign. Finishing seventh in the FAB-Racing Junior Production British Championship after only competing in four rounds, his main focus has always been the Scottish championship.
Round four of the Scottish Championship at Westlands, (James’ least favourite circuit) was a good point’s earner despite a few minor mechanicals. In the Junior C class not only did he start from pole, but took two wins and a fourth in the final race after sliding off and remounting.
In the Lightweight Production class James qualified in third position on the large grid, which included all weight classes. James fought for two second places in race one and two, but in race three an overheating problem saw him drop back to fifth.
In the Open class James tried out Alan McIntosh’s new DM GP1 and despite not knowing the bike finished up fifth.
In the Lightweight Production James once again started from pole position, however in race one a mechanical fault forced a DNF. James quickly refocused for the last two races and took a second and first position.
Round six was a big one for James and a rather impressive one. The meeting was held at Warden Law James’ home circuit and was also supported by Bikewise Mini Bike Club.
The Junior C category ran with the Junior B’s and James managed to qualify in first position. All three races followed suit, with James getting a sizable lead from the off and maintaining it right to the finish.
The Lightweight Production class was ran with the other two weight categories to make up a very full grid. James had problems with his bike in the first qualifying session, so after a few adjustments during the break James went back out and qualified on pole once again.
A bad start in race one dropped the youngster back to fourth position which he fought back from to take first place by the end of lap one and where he remained to the chequered flag.
In race two and three James’ starts were getting better and his confidence growing, which was awarded with two dominant wins.
In the final class of the day the Open category James ran his GRC, which he uses mostly in the British Championship. Starting from the back of the grid in race one the NGK rider carved his way through the field and up to second position. On the last lap James made his move and took the lead, only to be overtaken once again. A cool head and some marvellous overtaking saw James and his rival swap places until the second to last corner where he darted in front and took the win.
Although the grid positions changed throughout the following three races the outcome did not. A clean sheet for the day, ten races ten wins!
James’ father Stephen was understandably overjoyed “What a day, 10 races and 10 wines we were all over the moon the day couldn’t have gone any better and all the bikes were great with no problems. I couldn’t be more proud of James especially on his home track with all his family friends there to see it.”
With only two rounds left in the Scottish Championship, the NGK supported rider from the North East has the Junior C championship in sight, having won every round.
James also leads the Lightweight Production championship, 10 points ahead of closest rival Lewis Rollo.
Changing between the Polini and the GRC bike has brought James’ style on leaps and bounds. His fast and focussed flow through corners, is what stands him out from a group (as well as his signature tongue out technique.)
James would like to thank NGK, EC1 Drinks, Bikewise and the YRF as well as his family and friends.
Photo’s courtesy of Bikewise Mini Bike Club.