CHATBURN’S Ayrton Knowles slipped to third in the Northern Quad Championship after a testing time in the penultimate round at Wooley Grange.
Knowing that it would be a three-way fight all the way, the 12-year-old had to be on top form, and with a new track lay out there would be no advantage for anyone.
Ayrton produced a disappointing start to race one, slotting into fourth, but by half distance had powered his way to second.
But this didn’t leave him enough time to make a challenge for the race win.
Race two, and a bad tyre choice made it hard work to get traction out of the very slick and slippery corners, and third was the best he could salvage.
In race three, back to the soft compound tyres, it was obvious from the start the setup was right and he slotted into second place, pressuring the lead for the duration of the race.
Although dropping to third in the overall championship, Ayrton still has one more race meeting at Blue Barns on Sunday, so all is not lost just yet.
He said: “There are still 90 points to go for, it’s just got a lot tighter .”