Ayrton on podium on his European debut

Ayrton Knowles
Ayrton Knowles

Chatburn’s teenage quad racer Ayrton Knowles claimed second place on the podium as he made his European debut at the prestigious 12 hours of PDV International Quad meeting near Macon in central France.

This was the first time youth classes have taken part in the 25-year history of the event.

Entries were limited to 32 of the top youth riders, and start permission had to be granted by both the ACU and FIM organizations.

Ayrtons task was even harder as he was riding his brand new 2015 JB Honda 250, which had only been completed the week before, after only two half-hour practice sessions on the more powerful machine .

After the rider and machine parade in the town on the Friday night, practice and qualifying started on Saturday morning.

Ayrton quickly got to grips with the new machine with some very respectable lap times, qualifying fifth on the grid.

In race one, Ayrton finished fourth place, with his lap times had coming down by over six seconds .

At the start of race two on Sunday morning, Ayrton’s engine bogged and stalled, but with some very gutsy and hard riding, he pulled back up to fifth by the end.

Race three later in the day was a cracker, as he pulled off some fantastic overtaking manoeuvres to take a well deserved third place finish, and second place overall - a big boost ahead of his next outing on Sunday at his local track Brogden Hall Farm down the road in Barnoldswick.