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These teenage racers aren't old enough to drive on the roads.

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I'm 15 years old driving race cars, there's nothing better than that.

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As soon as the engine starts, your mind's in gear.

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But at the weekends, they tear up the track.

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-COMMENTATOR:

-He's through on the inside track and

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up into fourth place. Come on!

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This season, two teams go head-to-head.

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-COMMENTATOR:

-Two out of two.

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One is brother and sister.

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We're both competitive and we both want to... Want to beat each other.

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The other - a team of mates.

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They're always going to win.

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Racing is my dream.

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It's a tough fight and we'll be with them all the way.

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Expect the unexpected, there's no guarantees in this sport.

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-Yes!

-So, who will be crowned winner of The Racing Set?

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None of my school friends are doing anything as cool as this.

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It's a new season for a fresh batch of 14 to 17-year-old wannabe

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Lewis Hamiltons.

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All are competing in the Ginetta Junior Championship,

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the first round on the racing ladder.

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Come on, Dad, I want to go race! Come on.

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All right, all right, I'm here.

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Each time they take to the track in these 120mph speed machines,

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everyone has to promise to play fair.

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Jamie, you need to look through those rules and regulations and sign them.

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I guess now the reality begins and it's my first year so,

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the only expectation on me is the one I put on myself

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so I don't really feel too nervous at the moment.

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As it's 14-year-old Jamie's first season, she's being shown

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the ropes by her 16-year-old brother, Ollie,

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and their coach, Chris.

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There will be situations during the race

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when you might need to look after each other.

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Will you do that for me in the race?

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Only if you can keep up.

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Ha-ha-ha.

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Jamie is so promising that she is the first girl to win

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a £40,000 scholarship to compete in the Juniors.

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It's obviously great being the only girl in the championships

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but it also puts a lot of pressure on me

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and I hate it and they're always going on about it cos it always

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makes me feel like I should be doing a lot better because I am a girl.

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Jamie and Ollie form Team Chadwick.

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But her personal goal today is to win the Rookie Cup.

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The dream for every new driver here.

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Another new racer chasing that dream is James.

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It's absolutely amazing driving a proper car.

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I'm only 15 years old and I can't even drive on the road yet.

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James lost out on the scholarship to Jamie

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and he knows that she's the one to beat.

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Jamie Chadwick probably is one of my biggest rivals.

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I think she is probably one of the

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best rookie drivers out there.

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James's family have stumped up the cash for his season

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so they need him to do well.

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Any tactics?

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I don't know, really. Just win.

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-ALL:

-Ha-ha-ha.

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-Is there a corner at all that you're worrying about?

-Well, erm...

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It's probably the old hairpin mostly,

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to be honest, cos the car likes to slide through there so...

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And you do get penalised if you take four wheels off the circuit.

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-Oh!

-I did a couple of times in the practice,

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so I have to just keep control of that.

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But before James can show off his racing tactics,

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they all have to take part in the qualifying round.

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How you do in this could make or break your chances later on.

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It's a great opportunity to get the car ready and yourself ready.

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The fastest person in the qualifier will start the race

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right from the front.

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It's called pole position, or P1

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and everyone is after it.

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Hoping in the qualifier I can get P1 or at least on the front row

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which would be good.

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As qualifying begins, Jamie

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and James drive out onto the track for their first head-to-head.

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Whoever's fastest will have the advantage in the race later on.

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Even James's mum and dad are on edge.

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Unfortunately this is the most nerve-racking part, is this.

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Before the race even starts, you know,

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-the timed qualifying...

-Terrible.

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Cos you need to have good qualifying to be at the front.

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-Front of the grid.

-Oh, dear.

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It's scary stuff.

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And it's not just James's qualifying time that's troubling his parents.

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He's a teenager racing a car worth nearly £30,000 and this season

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will cost him a whopping £90,000 - that's a lot of pressure.

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It's up to Mum and Dad to worry about the finance side of things

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and James to concentrate on his racing.

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As qualifying finishes, none of the drivers know how they've done

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until they're back with their teams.

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The results are in.

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For his first time round the circuit, James has done well.

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Harry, my team-mate, he came first pole.

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It was Ollie Chadwick next and then my second team-mate, Will Palmer.

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And then me for fourth so...

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Cos it was my first time around the circuit, erm,

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you can't really get any better than that, to be honest.

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James's performance has surprised everyone.

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Even his team-mates, Will and Harry.

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First time here, and he's doing quite well for his first time.

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Like, we normally do quite a few days here before this meeting

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but he's just come here and he's quite quick, he is.

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-It's quite annoying because...

-Maybe if he was in front of us...

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Yeah, but he's not so...

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Until he is, then we'll be all right.

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But Jamie's had a disappointing qualifying round

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and has come in sixth.

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I think there's a lot of people that consider me

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as someone that's paving a path, I guess,

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for other girls to maybe start motorsport but I...

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personally feel like that therefore leaves me a job to do, to do better.

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Yeah, there is a bit of additional pressure in that sense.

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Back home in Gloucestershire, the pressure of racing is

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lifted as Jamie and Ollie dust off some of their childhood toys.

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And luckily, they have their own field to play in.

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-Having fun?

-Yep. Might go and find...

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-Ah, there's Jamie.

-Jamie's got a little motorbike.

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This motorbike - when did you get this? When you were about five?

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It's the same age as Max.

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Mike has always supported both of his kids' racing ambitions

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and has been buying them things to race around on

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since they were small.

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When, erm, I was about 10 or 11,

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my dad bought a really old Peugeot 205 to have a bit of a,

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a little drive around and it wouldn't matter if we wrecked it a little bit.

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Then,

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sort of taught by my dad and Ollie,

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I learnt how to drive

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and by the end of it we were doing handbrake turns going down the hill.

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So, having two teenagers constantly on the move can be difficult

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to control,

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and Ollie usually takes the lead.

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Jamie!

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Stop that!

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I sometimes tell Jamie to do things and sometimes she just will so...

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It's quite good.

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I just sort of do what he tells me to do most of the time.

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I don't know if it's a good thing.

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Jamie and Ollie aren't the only ones who've been driving

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since they were tiny.

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James started his racing career in go-carts at the age of nine.

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These are just all my carting trophies.

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All that I've come in the podium or the top five.

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I've won the GP Plate

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and over here, I've won the Open Championship, the O Plate.

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Winning it for the team and everybody in the team was absolutely amazing.

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James fixes go-karts for other people to help the family finances.

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This is the cadet car which I'm basically stripping down and building

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back up and cleaning everything, making sure everything is perfect.

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I'm doing all of this to build up money for my Ginetta's,

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because it cost so much money to do,

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I have to do something in the weekend.

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But even with James's help,

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finding the money to support his racing is tough for the family.

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So, mate, it's this season.

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-We're going to have to do the best we can do.

-Hmm.

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There's no pressure on you.

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We get one crack at this, erm...

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It doesn't matter where you finish

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but you know our financial situation, you know

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what Mum and I are having to go through to put you out there.

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-The main important thing for us is that you enjoy it.

-OK.

-OK?

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Yeah, yeah.

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Fingers crossed

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we'll pull a sponsor in.

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You know, it's so important for us

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to get this sponsor on-board

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if we're going to carry this motor racing on.

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Without a sponsor, James is asking a huge amount from his mum and dad.

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And back at the track, as the race approaches,

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he's very aware of their sacrifice.

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I'm nervous, my heart's definitely beating,

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I've always got a thing in the back of my head -

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bring the car home with no scratches or it'll cost my mum and dad.

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But as soon as the engine starts, your mind's in gear

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and you basically go and do your business and go and race.

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Meanwhile, Jamie's got her head down studying the track.

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When the race begins, she'll start in sixth,

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two places behind James.

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So she needs to work hard to make up the time.

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-This is your really strong area from here...

-Yeah.

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..all the way through to here.

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When I was sort of, on people, lining up down here, I braked too late to

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get on the bumper and didn't get quite the run out, so yeah...

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Exactly. Right, so don't...

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If necessary, sacrifice.

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If you think they're going a bit quick or right on the edge,

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you've got to think to yourself,

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-"I'm out of this little bit to get the run."

-Yeah.

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To get them come down here.

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And that's it.

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All we can do is hope that we have a great one.

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It's race time and at moments like these

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the parents are as nervous as the kids.

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All right, James, are you ready?

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-Ah, you had a drink?

-Yeah, I've had a drink.

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-Have you been to the toilet?

-I've been to the toilet!

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I know, I know, I know. I'm your mum.

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-Right, get in the zone and good luck...

-OK.

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-..and I'll see you at the end.

-OK, thank you. See you. Thanks, bye.

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I'm really looking forward to it, actually.

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I'm not as nervous as I normally am.

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It's a weird combination of emotions

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because even though you want them to stay safe, you want them to win.

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Everyone's in position and...

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They're off!

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-COMMENTATOR:

-Lights on here, at Donington Park.

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Harry Woodhead in black. Ollie Chadwick in yellow.

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If you just look at the light blue car there,

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that is Ollie's younger sister, Jamie.

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Coming across from fourth on the grid, it's James Kellet,

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top rookie on the grid.

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Just seconds into the race, James's team-mate, Harry, is in the lead,

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whilst Jamie's brother, Ollie, tussles for second place.

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Ollie is off the track.

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It's a terrible start for him.

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It means Jamie and James move up a position.

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But with a determined Ollie behind her, that doesn't last long.

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-COMMENTATOR:

-Trying to go through on the inside

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to pass his younger sister, he's through on the inside...

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Ollie then overtakes Jamie and James,

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and leaves them to fight it out for fourth place.

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-COMMENTATOR:

-Jamie Chadwick is trying to go the

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long way round as well...

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..but no, she's been muscled out...

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In a bold move, James nudges Jamie off.

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It's in the rules, but she's left behind.

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Quickly Jamie gets back on James's tail and then disaster strikes!

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-COMMENTATOR:

-Oh, my goodness!

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With a punctured tyre, her race is over.

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Now, James speeds up to battle for second.

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-We're P3.

-Oh!

-Come on!

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As Ollie pushes too hard, James takes full advantage.

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-COMMENTATOR:

-He's going to come out on top!

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James is neck and neck with Ollie in the final straight.

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And then, unbelievably, James comes second.

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He's won the Rookie Cup.

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I don't have any words.

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Excited and happy.

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Proud.

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Whoo.

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Emotional wreck. Ha-ha!

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I don't really know what to say to be honest cos

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I just stayed behind and they were battling.

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I was able to get through on the last corner but, erm...

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Yeah, it was a really good race.

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James has done himself and his family proud.

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You know, we came here on the back of everybody,

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and he's put it together.

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Good old Yorkshire.

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But not everyone is so jubilant.

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When you do have a crash and something goes wrong and it ends

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so quickly, it's obviously massively disappointing for not only

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myself but everyone who has put the hard work in.

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Results and podiums and things is what everybody is working for

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and when you don't get them, it's massively disappointing.

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And Jamie's not the only one disappointed.

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I made a mistake which dropped me back down the order,

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and that cost me second place, really.

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With Ollie coming third, James second, Harry first

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and James securing the Rookie Cup as well,

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James has had an amazing day.

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Frenetic final corner with cars going left right and centre...

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Yes, it was amazing. Amazing race.

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James is the star today.

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But there are plenty more trophies to fight for

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in their bid to become champion of The Racing Set.

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Next time...

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Ollie rides high.

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Sister, Jamie, finds it tough.

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This is really devastating.

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And they are all pushed to their limits

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as they hit the fastest track

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in the UK.

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It's so scary, you have to hang on for dear life.

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Documentary series following four teenage racing drivers. They may be too young to drive a car on the roads but at the weekends these young racers battle on the track in the Ginetta Juniors Championship.

Two teams fight it out - one is sister and brother team Jamie and Ollie and the others are friends Harry and James. As the only girl in the championship, 15-year-old Jamie is under extra pressure because she has been given a scholarship of 40,000 pounds to compete. Motor racing is an expensive sport - just how will Jamie's main rival James cope with the news that his season is going to cost his family a whopping 90,000 pounds?


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