BMX racer Ryan Hutchinson is over the moon after making his first British BMX National Series A finals at Gravesend Cyclopark.
The 14-year-old from Thurlby, who only took to the BMX in September, made two A finals in rounds two and three of the series at the weekend.
He managed a fourth place in the first A final on Saturday and bettered that with a third on Sunday in his second A final.
Dad Rick said: “The results speak for themselves and he’s done himself proud.
“He’s racing against boys who have been competing for years and they’re from all around the country.
“For us to come third in an A final is massive considering he only got on a BMX in September. The lad who won has been riding for years.”
The explosive races are all over in 50 seconds and in the final eight riders battle it out.
In Sunday’s final, Ryan was in an outside lane as he had the last pick of lanes. He could have had a better choice but in one of the qualifiers he jumped the gun and went head first over the gate and he only finished sixth.
In the final he was in third place right from the first corner and held that position until the end. Rick said it was an excellent performance.
Ryan has also been picked to join Stu Dixon’s Aggro Racing which can only help him improve in what is a relatively new sport for him
Rick said: “It’s a massive boost for Ryan. A lot of people race for years without being picked up by a team.”
The selection means Ryan not only gets kit, but also the chance to mix with other riders and people involved in racing and draw upon their experience.
The Bourne Academy pupil is one of nine members in the Aggro Racing team.
This weekend Ryan races in the East Anglia Regional BMX in Norwich. His next BMX National Series event is on May 25 at Birmingham.
The youngster’s talent does not stop at BMX as he also competes in fourcross, a style of mountain bike racing.
In the British fourcross series in Falmouth, Cornwall, Ryan won all three Motos in the youth category after deciding to take the pro line which is the line that the elite and pro riders take as it consists of two large jumps.
This took him through to the semi-final, which he won with ease.
In the final Ryan flew out and led into the pro line jumps where he squashed the jumps with style and confidence, and took first place.