Motocross starlet on road to stardom

MOTOCROSS starlet Chris Chapman has set off on the road to stardom by winning the prestigious GEST Club Championship in the junior 65 category.

The 10-year-old King Offa School pupil clung on to claim the crown, open to six to 10-year-olds, by five points after seven hard fought rounds against riders as widespread as Kent, Surrey and Mid-Sussex over several tracks throughout 1066 country.

Nearest rival Darryl Maxwell actually scored more points than Chris in six of the events but Chris' crushing win in round two where he bagged 90 points to his rival's 42 proved decisive. His worst result was fourth and he finished a colossal 123 points ahead of third in the 28-man series.

Chris was handicapped by a nasty back injury sustained in race six which also affected his performance in round seven where he conceded 19 points to the runner-up. Races eight and nine on October 12 and 26 respectively were cancelled owing to the dry weather preventing an exciting season finale.

Proud mother Billie said: "I'm very pleased with him especially after his crash. He just carried on, he's a strong little boy."

He also triumphed in the same category at the annual Brede Festival where he won all five races over the two days of competition back in August.

Chris, who has been riding for three years, will attempt to retain his crown next year and will also have a crack at the National Junior 65 series.