Castleford motorcycle racer Alex Furniss is aiming for national success this season after winning two prestigious championships last year.
Alex, who has been racing motorbikes on and off for the past 10 years, enjoyed his most successful season to date in 2013.
The 29-year-old is now moving up to a national series to take on some of Britain’s best club racers in the Bemsee EDI ASIA Formula 400 championship.
Alex, who lives in Castleford and is a HGV technician by trade, started racing in 2003 with the Auto 66 Club at Elvington Park.
He said: “Over the next few years I raced on and off when funds would allow.
“In 2009 I competed in my first full season of racing and that year won the Auto 66 Rookie F400 championship, finished second in the Formula 400 championship and third in the Formula Lites, despite a serious accident which resulted in a broken wrist and ankle.”
Alex had a disappointing 2010 season.
“I crashed heavily at Croft in my first meeting of the year which again resulted in injury and hit finances hard for the remainder of the season,” he added.
In 2011 and 2012, Alex rode with the Aintree Motorcycle Racing Club who race at the old F1 Grand Prix circuit within the grounds of Aintree racecourse in Liverpool. He finished runner up in the Formula 400 and Forgotten Era championships both seasons.
Alex said: “I set out in 2013 with the intention of again racing with Aintree MCRC and trying to win both the Formula 400 and Forgotten Era championships.
“Riding my Yamaha FZR400RRSP I managed to secure both championships with a round to spare being unbeaten in the Formula 400 class taking 10 wins from 10 starts and secured the Forgotten Era class with a healthy points advantage and taking five more race victories along the way.
“For 2014 I will be moving up to race in the EDI ASIA F400 national championship with the BMCRC Racing Club, competing with some of the country’s best club racers.
“Without the help and support of sponsors, family, friends and in particular my wife Nicola none of my success or future plans would be possible.
“Being a very expensive sport I am always on the look out for future sponsors and any help is always gratefully received.”
Anyone interested in sponsoring Alex can contact him on 07838777022 or e-mail Yamaha400@hotmail.co.uk