James

James D Robinson

2015 Protyre Ginetta GT5 Challenge

with Optimum Motorsport

James switches to the Protyre Ginetta GT5 Challenge with Optimum Motorsport

After a successful test with Optimum Motorsport in March, James will make the switch to the Protyre Ginetta GT5 Challenge. He will be racing under the Professional Motorsport World Expo racing with Optimum Motorsport banner.

The GT5 Challenge supports the British GT package, one of the largest race packages in the UK. The package travels to some of the best tracks in the UK, including Silverstone GP, Brands GP and Donington Park GP as well as Snetterton, Oulton Park and Rockingham. In addition, the package heads into Europe for a weekend at Spa de Francorchamps, home of the Belgium Formula 1 Grand Prix.…

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2015 - Ginetta GT5 Challenge

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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