James Webb, Cadwell Park, May 11
James Webb rode a gritty race at Cadwell shrugging off some painful injuries picked up in a qualifying crash to salvage a few championship points from the third round of the MRO GP125 championship with a 12th place finish on Sunday.
Morning qualifying saw the 13 year old Pembury rider set the 10th fastest time but just as he was poised to move further ahead everything went wrong and he slid off at the Gooseneck with only half the session completed and was unable to improve his position.
" I have some bruising to contend with but my main problem is the burns to my hands which make it difficult for me to use the clutch. " Said James.
Despite the injuries James bravely took his place on the grid and soon settled into eighth position. He briefly moved up to seventh before steadily dropping back as the pain from his injuries began to kick in.
This coupled with engine problems left James struggling to control the machine but he hung on in there with grim determination to cross the finish line in 12th place to bag a further four championship points placing him at ninth in the standings.
On a happier note James was competing at Snetterton the previous week where he took a second and third place in the Bemsee King of Clubs championship to extend his championship lead to 16 points over Lincolnshire rider Thomas Hayward.
After a race-long battle with Hayward he held his ground and crossed the finish line in race one just a fraction ahead the time difference down to three hundredths of a second. In the second race Hayward got the better of him and he took his second rostrum of the day with a fine third place; Jay Glynn won both races.
James returns to MRO action on Whit Monday, May 26 when he should be fully recovered and looking for a good result to push him further up the rankings.