THE bordering county of Shropshire played host to round eight of the National Minimoto Road Racing Championship at Rednal Circuit, Owestry. With bad weather forecast it was going to be an interesting weekend.
Qualifying in the Junior Production class went well, there were no problems and James looked fast qualifying second. The weather was awful so the decision was made to miss practise on the GP70 to concentrate on the qualifying in which James qualified fourth.
In the Junior Production race one James got a really good start and got away in his grid position. By the time they got to the fourth corner James was in the lead, but on the eighth corner lost the front end and crashed into the barriers. Quick as a flash he got back onto the bike and got back out on track.
James had lost a lot of places and for most the race would be over, however the young racer knuckled down and fought his way back up to second.
With only one lap left James was chasing the leader down but just didn’t have enough laps to take the win.
James did not get the best start in race two and fell back into fourth place, but on the exit of the first corner he was back in front.
James led the majority of the race swapping places with second as the race went on. Finally on the last lap James took the lead once more pressuring second to keep on his rear wheel.
It all went down to the last corner when second position slid off whilst trying to keep James’ pace, leaving James to take the win.
In the GP70 class James got a good start in race one but couldn’t run at the pace of the pit bikes in the wet conditions. James rode a good race and managed to finish in fourth place, first position for his class.
Race two got under way and another good start but on the second lap was pressured by another GP bike and was pushed all the way. James kept his head and finished fourth, again overall it was a first for his class.
Stephen Alderson added “We had a great weekend and were so pleased to see his confidence back in the wet conditions .We would like to thank our sponsors NGK, YRF and EC1 Drinks, Family, Friends and Bikewise for their support.”