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  • Writer's pictureRob Dyer

My First Skid Youngsters In British Youth Championships

Next Friday (12 May) sees the start of the British Speedway Championship for riders in the country’s Youth categories and three trainees from the Isle of Wight speedway school ‘My First Skid’ (MFS) are excitedly waiting to launch their maiden attempts at the title.

Jack Scully-Syer, Tia Brant and Charlie Southwick are the three riders with local connections that will be taking to the shale with at least ten other competitors aged 12 and 13 as round 1 of the competition in the 125/150cc class gets under way in the plush surroundings of The National Speedway Stadium in Manchester.

Regular followers of the sport on the Island will be well aware of local lad Jack’s love of racing and will have seen his great progress during pre-meeting races in 2022. Riding alongside Jack in the pre-match races at Smallbrook last year was Sussex based Tia whose determination to overcome serious illness and ‘put a stake in the ground’ for the ladies has endeared her to all those that she has met on her speedway journey. Charlie Southwick may be a new name to some but the youngster from Dorset has been a very regular attendee at the speedway school and is another rider who has displayed natural ability and significant potential.

Wightlink Warriors co-owner Barry Bishop said, “What a fantastic opportunity for these young people to experience and compete against their peers at the magnificent Belle Vue track.

They go with our very best wishes for a successful evening in round 1 of the 8 round competition (which this season is unfortunately for us based in the North of England and Scotland), nevertheless I know that our three will get to as many meetings and we cannot wait to see how they get on and more importantly how they have improved from participation in the events. The wonderful thing is we have more youth riders coming through the school, and I very much hope that in future years the Isle of Wight’s and MFS’s representation will only increase.

Martin and I would also like to send a good luck message to former MFS student and former Islander Charlie Luckman who is now living in Yorkshire and is likely to be a major contender when the awards are distributed.

Turning to the Wightlink Warriors, our supporters should look out for some exciting Warrior team news next week as we prepare to start the Nora 92 No Brakes Racing League at Sittingbourne on Sunday 21 May”.


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