IT’S a case of so far, so good for Chatburn quad racer Ayrton Knowles.
The 11-year-old is again making his presence felt in the National Quad Race Championships.
This year has seen Ayrton move up a class, not only in age group but also in size and power of machine.
This has only improved his speed and commitment in each race so far this season, with a fifth overall in round one, followed by fourth and second at rounds two and three.
Recently he traveled down to Garlands Moor near Oakhampton in Devon for his first three-hour endurance event with team mate Lawrence Whyte.
They were up against 35 other older racers, most of them also on more powerful 250cc machines.
After only 25 minutes of the race, Lawrence was involved in a three-bike crash, injuring his thumb and losing a full lap and a half.
So at only 30 minutes he had to make his pit stop, and when Ayrton took over for his first stint, he had to put in some fast laps to try and get back in touch with the leaders.
After another 45 minutes Ayrton had pulled it back by half a lap!
As the race unfolded lap by lap, and as other teams also hit trouble, they pulled the leading pair back into within less than half a lap at the finish of the three hours to take second place and fastest lap of the race.
Ayrton, who is a Year 7 pupil at Bowland High School, puts his success down to the help from his personal trainer Mark at Carter Leisure Clitheroe, and also his sponsors DWT (Wheels and Tyres), Motorex Oils, DID Chains, Easton Handle Bars, Troy-lee Design Race Gear and Helmets, Whyte Crane Hire, Berik Boots and father Keith’s business KIK ATVS for building and preparing his special JB Chassis/Honda 150cc quad.
To find out more about Ayrton and his racing, go to www.ayrtonknowles.co.uk