Not only was this a four day event and not only would James be riding his new DM Factory which had arrived from Italy on the Tuesday, he would be racing his Metrakit GP70 for the first time.
Thursday’s Practise sessions went well on both Machines, getting a good set up from the off.
Saturday was an early start with three practise sessions and two qualifying sessions on each bike. The new DM was taking a while to get the jetting and gearing correct for James at his least favourite track.
Qualifying Session one and two, passed with some really good times. Constantly changing the gearing pushed James up to second just missing out on Pole.
Race one, James got a good start but at the end of the first lap he came off the bike going in to the chicane, James remounted and focussed on grabbing some valuable points. The young Northerner carved through the pack to take third, just missing second position by a wheel.
Race two, James got another good start and held second position as he chased the leader, but came over the line in second place.
Race three, with a slight change to the bike set up James headed out for the last race. A slow start dropped the youngster back to fourth place, but charged back into second position by the end of the first lap, he held this position and came over the line in second place.
This would give James second overall, which is James’ best result in the British championship so far.
The GP70 class would be James’ first race on his GP bike, he took to the track well and was getting faster. Qualifying both went well and James was really enjoying it, he qualified sixth.
James’ three races were a carbon copy, he started well and came over the line in various places, and overall he finished in eighth position.
Stephen, James’ father added ‘James really enjoyed riding his GP70 and got to grips with the gears really well, I couldn’t have asked for any more.’
James would like to thank all his sponsors NGK, YRF, EC1 Drinks and Forte, also to Bikewise and his family and friends for their support.