Motorsport: Arnie Shelton ninth in British series race but ‘could do better with more backing’

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RACER Arnie Shelton was pleased with his ninth place finish in the 125 Monster Energy Motostar British Championship.

However, the Haconby flyer believes he is capable of much more if he had greater financial backing.

The 125 Monster Energy Motostar British Championship races are support races for British Superbikes.

Arnie, 24, started in 15th at Brands Hatch and overtook six other riders in the first half of the race.

However he could not catch the leading group.

Arnie said: “It was just below my season’s best finish of eighth and there was a massive crowd of 50,000.

“I finished ninth out of 20 which doesn’t sound that good but the next privateer to me was 17th and the rest of them are all riding for teams and are reasonably professional riders.”

Arnie added: “To be honest, I know I’m trying a lot harder than some of the those finishing in front of me but they have the backing and that equals speed.

“In the British Championships I’ve finished eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 13th and sometimes there’s 40 in the race so it’s pretty good really.

“The big thing is I’m enjoying it and I put 100 per cent into it.”

Arnie runs his own team, builds his own engines and puts every penny he can into racing. Competing in a British series race costs about £1,000 a time

Arnie thanked Trev’s Tyres in Bourne and Richard Spencer Painter and Decorator for their support for the past weekend’s race.

The rider is next in action this weekend in the NG Road Racing Championships Open 450 at Cadwell Park near Louth. He lies second in the table. His next Monster Energy Motostar British Championship race next month at Cadwell Park.