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Brandon lad makes speedway team

Published: Sunday 3rd March 2019 at 12:00

Brandon lad makes speedway team

Connor King from Brandon has recently been chosen to ride for the Isle of Wight 'Wightlink Warriors' national speedway team.

Speedway is a high-adrenaline motorcycle sport, popular both nationally and internationally. At national level the sport involves teams of six riders (and two reserve riders) competing over four laps of a circuit. The specialist motorcycles have one gear, no brakes and on straight sections of the track speeds reach up to 70 miles per hour; it’s certainly not for the faint hearted! Racing takes place on a flat oval track usually consisting of loosely packed shale; competitors use this surface to slide their motorcycles sideways, power-sliding or broadsiding into the bends. 

At 21 years old, Connor originally got into the sport at just 16 and trained at the Lakeside Speedway Academy, graduating up through the engine size classes - 125, 250 then 500. Connor already has five seasons riding under his belt (mainly for the Midland Development League) and was spotted as future talent which led to him being asked to step in for the Wightlink Warriors on three occasions last season, covering for rider shortages.

Having proven his ability Connor was subsequently offered sixth rider position with the team this season; a fantastic achievement, particularly at just 21 years old! The season ahead brings Connor one-step closer to his dream of National League action.

Connor commented: "I really enjoyed riding for the Warriors last year and got to know the team who were very supportive. To get a call offering me a place on the team was amazing! Another club had been in touch but the firm offer from the Warriors was too good to pass. You hear nothing but good things about the Isle of Wight speedway and I can’t wait to get involved".

Connor is currently looking for sponsors to enable him to further his riding career. For more information or to sponsor Connor call 07876 875 941 or email cross.stephen1@googlemail.com.

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