‘Dare­devil’ racer Archie off to champs

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - PIPPA BROWN

Lo­cal dare­devil Archie Thomas will be pit­ting his skills against 16 oth­ers in his age group in the New Zealand Mini Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onship at Christchurch in a cou­ple of weeks time.

Archie, who is now six, has been com­pet­ing since he was four years old with a marked de­ter­mi­na­tion to beat all other com­peti­tors, de­spite many be­ing older than him.

His fam­ily said Archie lived for mo­tocross and cou­pled his pas­sion with a dare­devil at­ti­tude.

Mum, Kylie Thomas said it is thanks to his spon­sors he has got to where he is to­day.

Shaun Ford Build­ing, Kaiko¯ura Auto Elec­tric and Kaiko¯ura Auto Cen­tre have got right be­hind the en­thu­si­as­tic rider, help­ing him with bike re­pairs and travel costs.

‘‘He’s been do­ing well and win­ning most of his classes, and came sec­ond in the Can­ter­bury Pri­mary and Sec­ondary School Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships a cou­ple of weeks’ ago.

‘‘It is a big achieve­ment for a lit­tle fella in this dis­trict.’’

Thomas said the costs start to add up with all the trav­el­ling he needs to do to get to var­i­ous events.

‘‘He's been do­ing well and win­ning most of his classes.’’

‘‘If any­one else would like to help a sup­port a lit­tle boy who is pas­sion­ate about his sport it would be fan­tas­tic,’’ she said.

The fam­ily said that af­ter school the ‘‘fear­less’’ rider ‘‘ who loves to race’’ heads straight for the track his dad Matt built on their prop­erty.

Thomas said the event is usu­ally held in Auck­land and it will be the first time in three years it’s been held in the South Is­land.

The New Zealand Mini Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onship is held at the West Mel­ton Club Track, Moore Park in Christchurch on Satur­day Novem­ber 4th and Sun­day Novem­ber 5.

Archie Thomas, 6, is be­com­ing a star on the mo­tocross cir­cuit.

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