MSA 750 Sax Max
Only 11 days after turning 14, the legal age to race cars, James had his first Saxmax championship race at Silverstone.
Testing on Tuesday was brought to an abrupt halt after just 30 miles with a gear box failure and a slipping clutch, but after repairs, Saturday morning was straight into qualifiying.
James put in some fast laps, but pitted after only seven as he was not happy with the gearbox. But the youngest and most inexperienced car driver on the grid had still put himself third on the grid.
Driving at 100mph into Brooklands on lap 5, he dived down the inside of the car in front, out braked him and moved into 2nd. The battle between 2nd and 3rd was very close with only 1 tenth between them, James held 2nd until 2 laps to go, he missed a gear dropping back to 3rd for the chequered flag.
The second round on the Sunday saw James starting 5th on the grid and brimming with confidence from his podium the day before. James had to take evasive action to avoid a collision, managing to stay in 5th then undertaking the fourth placed driver down the straight at Maggots. The battle was now between James and 3rd place. James was quicker but 3rd place driver was 16 and more experienced, blocking James. He finished just fifteen hundreths of a second behind.
James would like to thank Ed Pead driver instructor, Mardi Gras Motorsport, Denso, EBC Brakes and Indesit for their assistance over the weekend.