Achievements gained within JDF Racing
2014: Aprilia Nitro Newcomers Results
Shane set the Newcomers alight from round one at Brands Hatch in early March with four straight wins. He backed it up with another win, second, and two fourth places at the second round at Donington Park.
After bringing the bike up to speed with a Magtune tuned engine he again took all four wins at the fast Snetterton track, and the toughest track in the series for young riders at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire. At this point Shane was running away with the Newcomers however racing throws a curved ball as the Americans say from time to time and it did at the Oulton Park round.
At Oulton Park he took a fast tumble in qualifying resulting in him taking no further part in the round and lost the potential to consolidate his lead in the Newcomers Championship. It took a bit of time for the feel to come back but by the last round at Mallory Park, he was back to the form we saw earlier in the year. He led two of the four races over the weekend however in his eagerness to take his first win he high sided exiting the tricky Edwina’s Chicane resulting
Overall a very good first season in the Superteen Challenge Championship.
Shane stepped up to the more powerful British Mini GP 70cc Championship. With help for 2013 from JDF Shane has progressed markedly with his racecraft and understanding of how to get the best out of himself and machinery.
During this year he has made the transition from the smaller 70 Metrakit to the larger and more powerful Aprilia RS125. The move to the larger machine is in readiness for a full season in 2014 in the prestigious Aprilia Superteen Challenge through which most of our top riders competed in during their formative years in the sport.
In addition to racing the Aprilia at Castle Combe and Thruxton Shane had his first taste of the ultra competitive Challenge at the penultimate round of the 2013 series at Mallory Park in Leicestershire.
Whilst ‘not having a particularly competitive ride’ in Shane’s own words he was impressive in his calm and measured approach to his first taste of Superteen racing.
For 2014 he will compete in all rounds of the Superteen Challenge under the JDF team banner. Looking to 2015 Shane is working towards competing at international level in the Moriwaki Junior Cup managed and supported by well known Ten Kate Racing of the Netherlands.
The nine round series takes twenty two of Europe’s most determined young riders and pits them against each other on the Moriwaki MD250 pre Moto 3 race bike on the top Grand Prix tracks of Europe. The series has attracted the attention of a number of teams including JDF as a direct route to Moto 3 at Grand Prix level.
Aged eleven competed again in the British Mini GP50cc Metrakit Championship with a newer and more competitive bike.
In early March of 2012 he completed a pre season four day test in Spain in which he was consistently one of the top 3 fastest riders on track all week.
Throughout the season he was consistently running in third place in the championship all year but ended the year in fourth place, just off the final podium position in the championship.
Shane competed in the British Championship which had 8 rounds consisting of 24 races across Great Britain on the larger kart circuits. Riding a standard early model Metrakit GP50 race bike which was underpowered against some of the newer bikes on the grid.
He had a successful rookie season including a win two runner up places, one third place, finishing the 2011 season in fifth place overall in the GP50 series.
In late 2010 at the age of nine, with no previous racing history experience, he competed for the first time in the British Championship 50cc mini grand prix race at Lydd in Kent on a modified Conti 50cc geared race machine.