James 'JJ' Soriano Tadd 

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James JJ Soriano Tadd

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James started karting much later than most drivers at the age of 12. His first taste of karting was at an indoor track in Grimsby 'Karting World'. A month later as part of his 12th birthday, he was faster by 3 seconds a lap than his friends. His parents at the time thought that the track had rigged a kart so the birthday boy won. However a few months later on a return visit and driving an adult kart for the first time he took the all time adult track record which still stands today.

During this period James joined the 'kids club' driving cadet kart's at Chequered Flag karting outdoor track, driving two or three 10 min sessions on Sunday mornings. During the 2015 school summer holiday he visited a number of other tracks including Tattershall. It was here that the track manager impressed by James first few laps suggested he should consider racing.

Having talked his parents into buying him a second hand 'racing kart'. On his first race weekend (Sept 2015) he competed in 3 heats and the final, as a novice he had to start each race from the back but fought his way through for his first win and a podium in the final. He also experienced his first ride in an ambulance!! having had a kart fly over his and land on his shoulder, bruised, bandaged (after some first aid to his kart) he insisted on taking part in the next heat and the final.

It was clear from his first race that James had a natural talent as a driver, attracting free coaching and technical help setting up his kart. This paid off in November when still a novice and starting at the back of the grid he won the final by half a lap in very wet conditions what was so astonishing was it was the first time he had driven let alone raced in the wet.

Attending a few professional tracks for practice days James attracted offers and interest from some of the top teams. Unfortunately due to his Asian heritage he is naturally smaller than European children and is unable to met the MSA's minimum weight for karting and so while he continued at Tattershall until May 2016 winning many races and podiums (photo link) he was unable to move on to 'professional karting'.

Naturally disappointed but with an attitude that does him credit 'When one door closes another opens' he put all his effort into his other love 'pool', playing as much as 15 hours some weeks, however he continued to going to indoor karting tracks for fun. James holds the adult fasted lap for September, October and November 2016 as well as the fastest all time lap at Team Sport in Nottingham. If you think you are quicker than James its well worth a visit to the Sunday evening unlimited events at Nottingham. Its a friendly bunch of karters who race very hard but fair, and if you are quick enough you will get invited to the monthly chase the ace, James is currently the ace.

He also holds the second fastest all time adult lap at Gridline in Lincoln and it was here that a casual suggestion about racing cars was made to him. This lead him to Jay Finlay at Finsport in Lincoln, who supplied him a Clio 182 cup sport for learning in. Again making astonishing progress James with the invaluable help from Jay is intending to debut his proffessional racing in 2017 in the new Clio Cup Junior as part of the Finsport team and has one major sponsor but needs more to make it happen.

James manages to fit all this into his life despite being a young carer for two disabled members of his family

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