The season has ended and, like every competitive driver, James has enjoyed the ups and endured the downs.
Brands Hatch – 22.10.2017
Brands Hatch presented another couple of eventful races. Qualifying in 13th place allowed James to hope for a spot in the top 10. However, misfortune hit him on the first corner of his second lap when three cars spun out in front of him. With no time to avoid the inevitable, the collision ended his race prematurely.
The accident put James out of the race
James’ car suffered some damage after the crash
In the second race, James qualified in a superb 12th place. It was now the last race of the season and, with nothing to lose, James threw himself into the thick of it. He battled with Keith Towers for 17th place until James finally overtook him in the final few laps.
The bad luck in the first race meant it wasn’t an ideal end to the season but James performed well in the second race, granting him enough points to maintain his top 10 position in the Championship.
James battled for a top 10 place
James finished in a remarkable 8th place – his second highest finish. Though he is still quite young, James is one of the most experienced drivers in the field, having performed in the Championship in four consecutive years: he finished in 6th place in 2014, 10th in 2015 and 17th in 2016. He received an average of 33 points per round and, without the x2 DNFs, would have finished 3rd in the Championship.
James finished in 8th place in the Championship
End of Season Track Day – 18.11.2017
To round off another eventful season, James hosted his annual end-of-season track day for his guests and sponsors. Luckily, the track at Donington Park was dry and relatively quiet. Our eCommerce Director, Richard Martin, joined James for around 20 passenger laps around the undulating curves of Donington.
“It was a fantastic day,” Richard said, “and capped off a fantastic season of racing with James and his team. I thoroughly enjoyed joining James in the car, it gives you a completely different perspective of the car. The speeds James can carry into the corners and the forces acting on your body are incredible.
James’ car resting in the pits after another session on the track
“James is a talented driver and, admittedly, by the end of the second session in the car, I was done in! My head was buzzing and the sickness took a while to subside!”
To commemorate the end of the season, and to congratulate James on his brilliant top 10 finish. We presented James with a model version of his race car (albeit, minus the dents and race scars!)
James (left) receiving his commemorative model BMW from Richard Martin
Read our previous blogs to learn more about James’ experience in the 2017 BMW Compact Cup Championship: