“I think it was the most amazing experience of my life,” said James, who has been in Donnington for the past six months, following the victory in his first race.

    “It’s something I always wanted to do.

    I just thought I’d do it and it was one of the best experiences of my career.” 

    The experience, which took place in a small oval, was followed by a photo opportunity with James, the two of them getting to pose with their prize.

    “I’m just so excited to be here.

    I’ve never been in a race like this before,” he said. 

    The Donnington race course opened to the public on Friday, September 12. 

    After a short training session on Friday morning, James and his team were in a relaxed mood.

    “The atmosphere is amazing, the people are amazing,” he told The Times.

    “You can tell the energy is really good.

    We just need to keep on working and it will all come together.” 

    “It’s a beautiful place,” said fellow British rider Dylan, who also drove for Donnington Racing and competed in the 2012 London Olympics.

    “Just the atmosphere and the way it’s run makes it feel like home.” 

    James has been racing professionally since he was 12, and has competed in various international championships, including the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. 

    “I’m always working hard and I want to win.

    I’m very motivated, very determined,” he added. 

    James’ win at Donington in April has propelled him to international success, winning three times in a row at the British Grand Prix and two in a single race.

    The 26-year-old has now won two consecutive Grand Prix titles, and is on track to become the first British rider to win two consecutive world championships. 

    He finished eighth at the 2017 Tour of Flanders, and was runner-up at the Tour of California. 

    His winning streak is just the latest achievement in a career that has taken him from England to China to South Africa to the Tour Championship. 

    During his career, James has won five of his seven Grand Prix victories, including three in a season. 

    In the last year, James finished second at the World Championship in 2018, and fourth in 2019. 

    As well as winning titles at the F1 and World Championships, he has also won the prestigious World Championship Road Race, and also the inaugural British Grand Tour. 

    Despite having achieved his ambitions at Donney, James said he was still looking forward to the next challenge in his career.

    “We’ve been racing for a long time and the last thing I want is to win the world championship and to be the first Briton to do that,” he explained. 

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