Dixon Rolls Double Sixth At Garda



10/06/07

Kent karting ace, James Dixon, took a solid pair of sixth place finishes in the latest round of the Italian Open Masters Championship at the Garda circuit at the weekend, pushing him to just outside the top ten in the points.

The Candy Carriers backed racer had gone to the penultimate round of the series with the intention of making it onto the podium, after a third place in last weeks WSK event. His early weekend form proved that he had every chance of unsettling the championship leaders when he took fourth fastest time in his qualifying group, putting him 10th overall, out of a staggering 66 competitors!

In his opening heat he was able to get up to fifth place before reaching the chequered flag. However, he was suffering from a large amount of understeer in the second race and could only manage a tenth place finish.

The JRP Racing team immediately made some changes to the Maranello Kart chassis and in the final heat James was able to cross the line an impressive second, giving him a superb boost for the two point-scoring finals on Sunday.

In the first final, he found that he had a recurrence of the understeer problem. Although he was missing out about two-tenths of a second per lap on his rivals ahead of him, he was able to take sixth place.

In the grand final he was made to work even harder when he was pushed wide as the field dived into the first corner, dropping him to tenth place. A storming drive by Dixon meant he was able to get back up to fifth place.

Unfortunately, he lost a position in the closing laps and had to settle for another sixth place, bringing his points tally for the weekend to 20. This moved him up to 12th in the championship and in with a chance of ending the season inside the top ten if he has another good run at the final round in the middle of July.

"I'm actually pleased with the weekend," said James. "My aim was really to get onto the podium again this weekend as I know I can't take a top three in the Italian Open Championship. But, I wanted to score as many points as possible too and to move up from 20th to 12th is great."

"I was missing out about a couple of tenths per lap to the guys at the front in the finals and I reckon if we'd got rid of the understeer completely earlier then I could have challenged for the podium. A place in the top ten is still possible so I'll be looking for more points at the final round," he added.

James now has a three week break before heading back into action in the final round of the WSK series, where he can still finish the season fourth in the championship.

"I'm going to go out and score as many points as I can in the last WSK meeting," said James. "I can't take third, but it would be nice to get as high as I possibly can at the end of the championship and another couple of trips to the podium should be the way to do that," he added.

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