Lorne be­comes Bri­tish un­der-16 cham­pion

The Oban Times - - Sport -

CON­NEL quad biker, Lorne Sin­clair, was rid­ing high on Satur­day, be­com­ing the Bri­tish un­der-16 quad rac­ing cham­pion, just a week af­ter he took the Scot­tish ti­tle.

The sea­son ended with a trip to Cul­ham, near Ox­ford, to com­pete in the penul­ti­mate round of the Bri­tish Quad Cham­pi­onship.

Nerves were high, as although the 15-year-old had a slight lead, the cham­pi­onship could have still gone to ei­ther Sin­clair or his ri­vals Ayr­ton Knowles and Jack Nor­ris.

Race one started in the usual, tight fash­ion be­tween the three un­der-16 rac­ers, with Sin­clair ly­ing in sec­ond place, un­til a slip up from Knowles gave Sin­clair a chance which he grabbed.

Lead­ing from mid-race to the fin­ish of race one to stretch his over­all points lead slightly, math­e­mat­i­cally, all Sin­clair had to do was to place any­where in the top five in the sec­ond race, to se­cure the cham­pi­onship.

Pass­ing the lead rider mid-race to pull away, again show­ing that all the prac­tice and hard work at home pays off, the young­ster pulled away to se­cure the ti­tle and bring it home to Ar­gyll.

In the last race, al­ready the cham­pion, Sin­clair wasn’t happy just to run round the track.

He was lead­ing from the start and pulled away to win by 40 sec­onds, round­ing up the race, and sea­son, in style.

Lorne said: ‘It’s been a long hard sea­son, but to fin­ish it as Bri­tish Cham­pion af­ter pick­ing up the Scot­tish cham­pi­onship ti­tle last week has made all the trav­el­ling and train­ing worth it.’

Lorne’s dad, Shaun, added: ‘This is a pres­tige sport in Eng­land, and to go and beat these boys and some Euro­pean riders is, and has been, amaz­ing for all in­volved this sea­son.’

While still only 15, and rac­ing on 250cc mod­els, Lorne will be mov­ing into the adult races next sea­son on big­ger, 450cc mod­els, as he sets his sights on his fu­ture in the sport.

Lorne Sin­clair, the Bri­tish and Scot­tish un­der-16 quad rac­ing cham­pion

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