With the final event weekend of the 2020 FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda taking place at the famed Circuit of the Americas (COTA), it would be James Roe’s first trip to the Austin, Texas facility. Closing the weekend with three top-seven results, including a fifth-place performance in the penultimate round of the championship, Roe closed the season seventh in the overall point standings but helped the Global Racing Group achieve the 2020 Team Championship.
“Really happy to come away from Austin with another top-five finish. The track was unbelievable, probably a new favourite for me,” expressed Roe. “It was so technical but extremely fast. We progressed in every session throughout the weekend and were right in the battle for podium finishes in each race.”
After qualifying seventh on Saturday morning, Roe held station in the first wheel-to-wheel battle of the weekend. Battling with a trio of drivers, the Global Racing Group entry had to settle for the seventh position when the final checkered flag flew. Looking to improve on Sunday, Roe and his team went to work pouring over data and video to better themselves for the final two races of the season.
Returning Sunday morning, Roe started the second to last race of the season from outside row three. Knowing that he had the speed and equipment to put his CJJ Motorsports / Topcon Positioning Group / Vortex Companies / Sport Ireland / Motorsport Ireland / Asthma and Allergy Network #9 entry in the top-five, the 2019 race winner did just that, slotting into the fifth position and earning more points towards his end of the year total. Finishing fifth on track and with lap times setting the grid for the last race of the season, Roe would once again start from outside row three for the final race, round 17, of the FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda.
Showing his consistency throughout the year, Roe was able to do the same in Texas, finishing sixth in his final on track session of 2020 and adding three points scoring finishes to his year. Claiming the seventh position in the final 2020 FR Americas point standings, Roe helped his Global Racing Group team earn enough points to secure the FR Americas Team Championship.
Roe added, “It has been a wild year in so many ways and certainly not the type of season any of us anticipated, however given the circumstances and level of competition within the field, we had an extremely positive season. None of which would have been possible without our amazing partners and team. All focus now shifts to making 2021 our best year yet, and I couldn’t be more excited.”
With 2020 now complete, James Roe will begin to put together his 2021 program by evaluating the options to choose from.
CJJ Motorsports, a strong supporter of Irish competitors, was founded by John Campion, who is a native of Cork, Ireland and a rally car enthusiast. CJJ Motorsports supports various racing teams including Team Ireland, CJJ 191, Formula Female and Osprey Racing. Additionally, CJJ Motorsports helps the racing careers of several drivers including James Roe, Jr.
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Sport Ireland – Sport Ireland is the authority tasked with the development of sport in Ireland. This includes participation in sport, high performance sport, anti-doping, coaching and the development of the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus.
Motorsport Ireland – Motorsport Ireland (MI) is the National Governing Body for four-wheeled motorsport in Ireland. MI is affiliated to the supreme authority for world motorsport, which is the “Federation Internationale de
l’Automobile” (FIA) based in Geneva and Paris. The FIA recognizes in each of its affiliated countries, one sole authority that holds the sporting power and in Ireland it recognizes MI as that authority.
Motorsport Ireland’s jurisdiction covers the 26 counties and has under its umbrella 34 affiliated motor clubs that are the actual organisers of all sporting events. In each year there are approximately 230 events listed in the official calendar and these cover 11 different branches of the sport. Every person wishing to compete in one of these motorsport events must be the holder of a Competition Licence issued by MI or by another national governing body affiliated to the FIA. On average, each year MI issues over 4,000 Competition Licences to Motorsport.
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Your health and well-being are at the heart of our work. Our goal is to improve quality of life and achieve optimal health outcomes for adults and children living with these chronic conditions.