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Friday, 03 July 2015

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Morris – a speedway kid with a big future ahead

The final round of the British Under-15s Championship was staged at the Northside Training Track.

Junior speedway photo
Ashley Morris leads runner up Kyle Howarth

It’s the third successive year that Northside has staged a round of the Championship and some of the bright young stars of the future were involved.

Northside has not been used as regularly this year as it has been in the past when a number of locals, and riders from across the north-west used the tight, well laid-out circuit to hone their skills.

Last month one of the riders involved on Saturday hired out the track for a practice session to get the feel of the raceway.

Judith Lomas, a leading official of the Northside Training Track said: “It’s been disappointing how we haven’t had the numbers to hold regular sessions as we have done in the past.

“The Championship does produce some outstanding talent for the future.”

Last year’s winner Jason Garrity, well known around Derwent Park as a rider who made people sit-up and take notice of his four-lap efforts on match nights, is now in the National League with Buxton Hitmen.

Winning last year, Garrity scored a four-ride 12 point maximum in the qualifying heats before winning the final. There were 18 races programmed, made up of seven qualifying heats plus a semi-final and a final in each of the two classes for 250cc and 500cc.

The top two in each class went straight through to the final, while the next four went into a semi-final, with the top two from that joining the other two in the final. The rules dictate that after Saturday’s round each rider could drop his lowest scoring round from the seven rounds, revealing the overall champion for 2009.

Past winners of the title include former Comet Joe Haines and current Sheffield rider Josh Auty, so it is obviously a stepping stone towards a career in speedway once they reach 16.

Ashley Morris won his third round of the 2009 British Under-15 Championship at King’s Lynn to leave him as favourite to collect the title at Workington.

He was tied with Josh Dingle at the top of the championship but with a rider’s top six rounds counting he was set to drop his score from the Newport round when he crashed out early.

At King’s Lynn in the last round Morris scored eleven points, dropping his only point in his last ride, to Scunthorpe Saints’ team-mate Kyle Howarth, when second place was enough to claim victory.

And Morris did not disappoint, being crowned champion in the 500cc class with Brandon Freemantle successful in the 250cc class.