Jimmy started his racing career on minibikes at the age of 14, becoming Scottish and UK National champion in only his 2nd season, a feat he repeated thefollowing year which led to a wildcard ride in the Italian minibike championship at Galliano Park on the Adriatic coast. A championship which has become synonymous for producing future world champions, Marco Melandri, Andrea Dovizioso and the legendary GOAT Valentino Rossi.
The next step was onto a 600cc in the MRO championship, a UK based feeder championship for the full blown British National series, finishing 3rd in the championship in only his 2nd year.
A top 5 finish in the championship the following year in the British Superstock Cup 1000cc class and it was on to the National Superstock 1000s. Once here, steady consistent performances against much larger fully funded teams and professional riders led to Jimmy being recognised and selected by Suzuki GB to represent the UK in the European GSXR750 Supercup, a support championship ran alongside selected rounds of the World Superbikes at Valencia, Assen, Silverstone, Misano, Euro Speedway in Germany and Magny Cours in France.
2008 followed and a few front row starts caught the eye of Team DMR, a road racing team ran by Ex World Champion Brian Morrison and his long time friend, road racing legend Ian Duffus. They wanted Jimmy to race for them at the world famous Macau GP. Mechanical failure cut short his race weekend but DMR had been that impressed by what they had seen that they again invited Jimmy back for 2009 whereby he finished 18th.
2010 and a shift to BMW machinery for the british championship, instantly gelling with the new BMW Jimmy looked set to be one of the contenders for the title. Never off the front row of qualifying with his first podium arriving at Oulton park, sadly following numerous mechanical failures, Jimmy finished the season, credibly, inside the top 10. Back to Macau once again with Team DMR, this time on a BMW, albeit stock road going machinery, going up against professional riders on far superior World Superbike Spec machinery. Jimmy showed his true potential and raw talent by bringing home a much underpowered bike in a spectacular 7th position, leaving many ‘top’ riders and machinery in his wake.
2011 Jimmy attracted his first ever sponsor, Arai helmets, boosted by this, his Macau result and following an intensive winter training programme Jimmy came out the blocks flying and really started to look like a serious contender for the championship, a 4th place in the 1st race of the season and his first podium of the season coming at the 2nd round. A crash in testing resulted in Jimmy missing the following 6 rounds including races at his home round at Knockhill where he was favourite for his maiden victories. A strong finish to the season however saw Jimmy finish the championship in 8th place, remarkable given his injury lay-up.