THE third round of the Scottish Minimoto championship was held at the infamous Knockhill circuit. Although James wouldn’t be racing on the actual Knockhill BSB circuit, he would most definitely be racing whilst the sheep were at the foot of the hill.
James enjoys the short Knockhill circuit and puts it up there as one of his favourites. The youngster entered all three categories, junior c, Lightweight Production and Open Class.
Qualifying sessions went very well, the gearing was perfect in the Junior C and James didn’t seem to be having any problems. James put in some fast times and was getting quicker eventually qualifying on pole in the Junior C class. With the Lights/Middles and Heavy class all going out together the youngster qualified fifth, which was a struggle as the gearing choice was too long and Monsoon tyres were fitted. James wasn’t happy and his times were slower than his Junior times. The Open Class in practise sessions were reverse grids.
Junior C race one, two and three were exactly the same , James got fast starts and took control of the races straight away, his lead increased on every lap and you could see his confidence was back taking three comfortable wins.
In the Lightweight/Middles and Heavyweights James decided to use his Junior Bike and with a good start on all the races he quickly moved through the grid up to second place, with some awful conditions. This didn’t seem to bother him as he made some fantastic overtaking manoeuvres finally crossing the line in second in all three races, winning the Lightweight class.
In the Open category with reverse grids there would be four races. James would have to use the production bike as it would be too much for the Junior. The young racer wasn’t happy with the tyres, but at this point he was quite confident and ploughed on. Race one got a good start and with some quick manoeuvres settled into third place. In race two and three the weather got worse but James replicated the first race. As the weather got even worse the decision was made to cancel the final race on safety grounds.
Stephen Alderson added “We were really proud of James, is confidence grew in the wet conditions and buy the end of the day the wet wasn’t bothering him at all. We would like to thank our sponsors NGK, YRF and EC1 Drinks, and our Family, Friends and Bikewise for their support.”