He’s more used to going downhill at speed.
But now Kirkburton sportsman sportsman James Wilkinson has swapped skis for four wheels and emerged triumphant.
The man who has won many ski races across the world was on good form when he took part in the regional hill climb at La Harmoye, Britanny, part of the French national championship.
Hill climbing is a branch of motorsport in which drivers compete against the clock to complete an uphill course.
British drivers are invited to take part each year representing their own country and county. James, 39, was in a class of 20 drivers including drivers from Guernsey and Jersey, driving his Reynard Formula Vauxhall Lotus.
The hillclimb or ‘course de cote’ as it is called in France was set in the beautiful Britanny countryside on closed narrow public roads set over a distance of 1.8km where drivers reach speeds of 130km/hr.
A delighted James, 39, said: “I won two national races, one of them while I was representing Yorkshire and the other smashing the hill record.
“They were in Britanny and Normandy.
“I took first with a time of 56.03 seconds, with my nearest competitor 4.68 seconds behind winning for Yorkshire and England.
“The second round meant I was competing in the famous hill climb in Normandy at Etretat which includes classic and modern cars. Seventy British drivers were invited from all over the UK to tackle the 1.6km hill on closed public roads.
“I took first place overall with a time of 51.84 seconds, setting a newe record with the previous record being 53”11 seconds.”
James is also a ski star and is behind Ski Academy Switzerland, which runs courses for would-be ski instructors and expert skiers in Switzerland, Austria and the United States.
He took up skiing at the age of six-years-old and has never looked back.
By the time he was 18 he was already working on the ski slopes of Switzerland and was a regular competitor in top-class events.
When at home in Huddersfield, he works as a drystone waller.
Take a look at James Wilkinson skiing on Holme Moss below.