Shelton takes first podium place

Arnie Shelton at Oulton Park
Arnie Shelton at Oulton Park
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Motorcycle racer Arnie Shelton has taken his first podium place, by clinching second spot at the Oulton Park on Monday afternoon.

Racing in the third round of the BSB Motostar series, the 125 cc rider from Haconby always fancied his chances at a track he knows well.

And, after melting his tyres in the first round of qualifying, he went on to clock the sixth fastest time for a second row position on the grid.

Up against several 250cc racers as well as his own class, Shelton set off at a blistering pace and averaged more than 88mph for the 14 lap, 25 minute race.

Fifth overall and second in class in front of 80,000 race fans, Shelton was delighted.

He said: “It was fantastic - it’s the first time I have got on the podium.

“I knew at the start of the year that this round would start things for me.

“Now I just need to close the gap on the front group. At the moment I feel I’m the best of the rest.

“After a good start I tagged on the leading group but I had a few slides and the front guys got away from me about half way through.”

Only one rider in his class, Tom Carne, beat Shelton who says disciplined training and fitness regime will see him close the gap on his rival. Carne was just eight seconds ahead on Monday.

Shelton, who has the backing of E3 Mototrsport this season, added: “At Thruxton we were about 30 seconds off the pace so we are getting much better.

“It’s very small margins and I have five weeks to train ahead of the next round.”

He’s also aiming to trim down ahead of the race at Knockhill in Scotland.

“I’m carrying too much weight,” he admitted. “I’m about 10 lbs over but I’m cycling 18 miles a day and getting more gym training in.”

The next round of races are on June 16.