- Jeremy Ryan
James McManus prepared for Knockhill
James McManus will be racing in the Dickies Junior Supersport Championship at Knockhill on the weekend of 28 - 30 June 2019.
After his double victory at Mondello Park last weekend, the 15-year-old goes to Scotland confident but knowing full well how different it will be. The 15-year-old from Randalstown is in his first season of the series. Not only is he learning the Kawasaki James has never seen the circuit before and he and the team are all aware that this is a learning year.
After the accident at Brands Hatch at the last round of the British Superbike championship which put his older brother in hospital, James McManus was keen to go racing last Saturday and do well for his brother and also his Grandfather who sadly passed away in January this year.
Those that know James will be aware he always has his Granda mentioned on his helmet but at Mondello Park he also added a sticker to his Kawasaki mentioning his brother too.
Whilst McManus senior stopped in London with Eugene McManus Junior at the Kings College Hospital James made his way to the Republic of Ireland to take part in the two races on the Saturday, with support from, Aodhan Tolan, Michael King, Jeremy Goodall and Jamie Patterson.
James efforts over the two races could not have made the McManus family and those connected to E15 Racing more proud. He went on to win both Junior Supersport races and put a smile on everyone's faces, at the end of a very difficult week.
This weekend he will put the Kawasaki through its paces at the 1.27 mile Scottish circuit just outside Dunfermline. The riders have a free practice session late on Friday before getting down to qualifying at 09:10 on Saturday morning. This weekend the Junior Supersport riders are flat out with four 15 lap races.
On Saturday afternoon the first race is at 14:15. Then again they will race at 17:40. The final two races take place on Sunday. The first will be at 10:40 in the morning with the weekend wrapped up with race four at 17:20 in the afternoon.
James would like to thank everyone who has contacted and messaged his Mum and Dad the past week with support for Eugene.
Photo: Michael King