'Unbelievable...Like a dream come true.'
Those were the words Manx Grand Prix competitor James Chawke used to describe his victory in the Junior race at last year's event when speaking at the club's annual dinner at the Palace Hotel, in Douglas. He added:
'It's something you would think about and dream about, growing up, every day. I made a lot of mistakes along the way. However, I had some really good support from Carl Roberts, which was a great help.'
Describing his race, he said he saw a pit board showing 'P1.
'So going up the mountain, I was thinking, "keep going, if I fall off now, I'm an idiot." In the Junior race Matt Stevenson led for a bit. But the Isle of Man is unique really. It's a test as well as being a race and you just have to keep chipping away at it.'
In 2019, he plans to make a move up to the TT, but he said the Manx win will always be a special memory.
'That win is always going to be mine. I don't know what else to say. Thank you to everyone who made it possible.'
Photo Credit: Jeff Kirby