‘I thought there’s no way I’ve done all this with­out win­ning so I got on the gas’

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Twelve year old Storm Stacey be­came the youngest ever British cham­pi­onship race win­ner when he took vic­tory in Sun­day’s Moto3 race on the Repli-cast UK Rac­ing Honda.

“I started rid­ing bikes when I was three and driv­ing cars when I was five,” the Ec­cle­shall young­ster who is still 12 days shy of his 13th birth­day ex­plained.

The pint-sized hero was given spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion to ride at Sil­ver­stone as he is too young to be el­i­gi­ble for the Moto3 cham­pi­onship.

The Stafford­shire hot shot took the vic­tory in the new Hel Per­for­mance Mo­to­star Moto3 STD race, for un­modi- fied Moto3 ma­chin­ery, af­ter race-long leader Dan Jones crashed on the fi­nal lap of the 10-lap clash. Stacey was then left to battle it out with Thomas Strud­wick for the win, with the young­ster tak­ing the glory de­spite hav­ing never rid­den the vast Sil­ver­stone Mo­togp cir­cuit be­fore.

Stacey said: “Yeah Boy! We won the first race of the sea­son and it felt re­ally awe­some! I was a bit down on power as the clutch started to slip, but I stuck with it and kept push­ing ev­ery sec­ond and it paid off. It feels good to be the youngest ever to win a BSB race and it’s a sign of what’s to come.”

A quick look at the gi­ant TV screens showed Hick­man that Shakey (67) was close Just 12 years old and tipped for the top, Stacey has rewrit­ten record books ID­DON MPH

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