Speed demon Harry a national champ

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An aspiring motorbike racer from Wyke is targeting a career in speedway after clinching a national title.

Nine-year-old Harry McGurk won the Auto Cadet category at the 2012 British Youth Grass Track Racing Championship last summer.

Now Harry has been week presented with his trophy by Mirfield speedway star Josh Auty as part of an assembly at his school, Scholes Village Primary.

His dad Mark McGurk said: “We are over the moon with Harry.

“Last year he finished second in the British Youth Championships but he’s won various tournaments all over the country.

“Josh is one of his heroes so he was really looking forward to getting his trophy from him.”

Harry made up his mind to pursue a career in speedway after seeing a race on the TV.

He started competing in grass track racing and was this year crowned national champion after finishing first of nine riders at the championship, held at Thorncliffe Grange Farm on Sunday August 11 last year.

He is now old enough to take up speedway, and hopes his success at grasstrack will stand him in good stead.

Mr McGurk said: “We looked into it and he had to be eight years old to do speedway.

“But he could do grass track which is very similar to speedway. Without a doubt he wants to become a professional speedway racer.”