JAMES Barnett has been named Darley Moor Novice of the year — at the ripe old age of 44.
Barnett, a casual motorcyclist for over 20 years, took to the race track for the first time in 2011.
The Yorkshireman, who lives in Haughton, Staffordshire, successfully completed his first full season in 2012 and did so well in his first full season that he was awarded the Michael Edwards Trophy for his excellent efforts at the Ashbourne-based circuit.
Barnett said: “I am over the moon receiving this trophy and would like to thank my family and friends for their support and encouragement, especially Clare Barnett at Synergia Coaching, Pete Holland from GH Motor Services and Gary at Apex Bacon.” His overall sixth position in the Formula 600 Championship, with a best result of second, was a superb achievement.
Barnett’s bike is a race-modified Suzuki GSXR 600 and he races in both the Formula 600 class and the Darley Moor Peak Cup.
He has also raced at Oulton Park in Cheshire and Mallory Park in Leicestershire.
Barnett attributes many of his achievements to Holland who — after watching a video of him — realised the opportunity to develop his talent.