BROMSGROVE racing driver James Cater hopes to secure a top three finish in this year’s Ravenol Formula Vee Championship.
Cater, who drives a 1300cc Sheane prepared by Alvechurch mechanic – and former racing champion – Glenn Hay, is looking to finish in the top three of the Class B rankings of the Championships.
His love for motor racing started as a young boy after watching his step-dad Glenn from the age of five and is now racing around at speeds of up to 130mph in his Formula Vee racing car.
He said: “There’s two classes in the races, Class A for the newer, faster cars, while Class B is for those with less of a budget.
“We’re one with a smaller budget so at the end of the season, I am hoping that I can finish in the top three of the championships in the Class B section.
“However, there’s some really fast drivers in the Class B section so it will be tough to get my target.”
Cater got his 2016 Formula Vee Championship season underway at Donington Park last weekend but it didn’t go to plan as in qualifying, he collided with another car, meaning he had to start at the back of the grid in 24th place.
Following a good start, Cater climbed 10 places and claimed a respectable 14th place finish, despite having to drive with steering damage sustained from the incident in qualifying.
For the second race, Cater’s car was down on power and despite the desperate efforts to bring the car home to claim some valuable championship points, the engine let go half way through the race forcing him to retire.
Despite claiming a 14th place finish in the first race, Cater believes he could have done a lot better.
“I was playing it safe really after what had happened in qualifying,” he said.
“I managed to get some points on the board for finishing the first race but I could have pushed the car a lot harder.
“Considering I did not give it my all, I did well to finish in 14th.”
The next race of the Formula Vee Championship will be held at Brands Hatch on April 23 and 24 where Cater is hoping for a top 10 finish.
“I’m hoping that this time around I can break in the top 10 and finish third in my class,” he said.
“Brands Hatch is a fantastic racetrack and the first corner, Paddock Hill, is like a rollercoaster.
“It’s a short lap too meaning there’s plenty of action and the cars are very close together.”
Cater is currently on the look-out for sponsorship to help fund the cost of racing and anybody wanting to get in touch can do so by contacting him through www.jamescaterracing.com.
Full length race video courtesy of James Cater.