James

James D Robinson

2014 Caterham Supersport Vice Champion

with DPR Motorsport

James is the 2014 Caterham Supersport Vice Champion!

In his debut year of car racing, James has been able to enjoy much success. He has achieved 4 race wins at three different circuits and showed his pure pace with lap records at Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Zolder. James finished the season as Vice Champion, of 44 entries, narrowly missing out on the top spot by just 2 points.

Reflecting on the championship; had I had the opportunity for more pre-season testing I may have had stronger results at the opening rounds at Snetterton. Budget meant I could not do any more testing than the championship scheduled. However, going from just inside the top 10 to winning round 3 at Donington is brilliant. It demonstrates just how quickly I was able to learn and adapt to the car, something I hope to be able to do in other series.

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James takes the lap record and two podiums at Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch always proves for close racing in any category, and with the Caterham Supersport Championship being highly competitive this season, it was no surprise to see close battling throughout the field.

Restricted to testing on Friday only, James was on the back foot to some of his competitors on Saturday morning for qualifying. Working well with teammate Graham Johnson, James was able to gain a good tow, putting him up to P2 in the standings before trying to return the favour for his teammate. With the tow being a big factor for a quick time around Brands, James was unable to better the time set in the early laps; whilst some of his competitors were able to find a good tow…

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Mixed fortunes in mixed conditions at Rockingham

James headed to Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire for rounds 7 & 8 of the Caterham Supersport Championship last weekend. Following gearbox issues at Zolder, testing involved running in the refurbished gearbox and other components on the car. Having never raced at the track before, James showed his progression in the understanding of the car by setting quick times in practice.

With inconsistent weather forecasts, it was difficult to predict the conditions for qualifying and the races. As The Caterham Supersport were the first out for qualifying, a green track was expected, but early runs showed that the track was at a good pace…

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James on Fire at Zolder with two Wins

The much anticipated BRSCC Eurofest event at Circuit de Zolder in Belgium was the host of James’ most recent racing triumphs in the Caterham Supersport Championship. James battled in the blistering 30 degrees heat to secure two race victories and the Caterham Supersport lap record of 1:49.274.

Every year the Caterham championships visit a European circuit for two of the rounds. This year, the championships visited Circuit de Zolder in Belgium. The nature of the event, and the circuit’s restrictions, meant that drivers had limited testing opportunities with the only available dates being on the Thursday and Friday afternoon prior to the races. To try and give himself a head-start …

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2014 - Caterham Supersport

After seven years of racing karts, James takes the next step in his racing career into cars. A successful debut in Caterham Tracksport at the 2013 season finale at Silverstone, James takes on the challenge for the 2014 Caterham Supersport championship.

James started racing karts at the age of 13 in the Rotax Minimax class at the Blackbush circuit. [...championships & progression to Rye...] . In 2007 James had his first experience of national karting in the Stars of Tomorrow series in Junior Rotax Max; the same series that Lewis Hamilton raced in. His debut year of national racing saw him finish 13th in the UK. Stepping up to Senior Rotax Max 2009 brought new challenges with a new chassis and the power valve. In 2010 James finished 14th in the Super 1 Series, the pinnacle of UK karting, after a mixed year having had strong races finished early by other competitors. In 2011 James was forced to retire from owner driver racing, but continued to pursue karting as part of the British University Karting Championship (BUKC) for Southampton.

The BUKC featured drivers from club karting to Formula 2 racing drivers, meaning there was strong competition combined with an enthusiastic student atmosphere. When James joined southampton they were ranked 13th in the championship after their results in the 2010 championship. James took glory in his first race in the TKM based Club 100 karts by an astonishing 31 seconds at a wet Teeside; a track he had never seen before, let alone driven. Strong results continued throughout the season and he helped drive the team to 8th out of the 48 University teams entered. Taking his experience from the 2011 championship into 2012, Southampton achieved a number of podiums and were in contention for the championship mid-season as they lead the championship. They finished 3rd in the championship which was the most successful the team had ever been. The strong result in 2012 lead to a lust to put all effort into winning the 2013 championship. James racked up 4 individual race wins as the team campaigned for the championship title but due to mechanical issues and unfortunate incidents lost out by 1 point at the final round. With key personel in the team remaining for the 2014 championship, Southampton expected a strong showing but poor luck meant that they were unable to achieve their goal and finished 4th in the championship out of the 52 year-long entries. James was the only driver to take a win for the team in 2014 claiming the top step in two of his individual races.

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