Nelson’s speedy victory earns him GB call-up

Jack Nelson wins National Grass Tracks Championships
Jack Nelson wins National Grass Tracks Championships
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Teenager Jack Nelson showed age is nothing but a number as he earned a call-up to Great Britain’s World Championship squad by winning a senior grass track competition.

Coming up against adults in the British 250 Senior Youth Grasstrack competition, the 15 year old from Wendover won four of five races to emerge the champion.

His reward for taking on racers boasting much more experience? To represent GB on the sport’s biggest stage.

Nelson said: “I’m really pleased. I’ve been chosen to ride for GB. I spend most of my weekends grass track racing.”

It is the second year in succession Nelson has been selected for the championships, which will take place in Vechta, Germany, on September 15.

The John Colet pupil, who also beat adults on his way to a second place finish at Fenland over the weekend, earned his school £200 thanks his achievement and already has his eyes set on a place in the top 10 at the Long Track 250 Youth Gold Cup.

His dad, Daryl was full of praise for his young protege, who is now ranked 11th in the world.

He said: “I used to ride a few years ago but not like Jack. He just wanted to ride a bike and he did. I took him to a few junior meetings and it started picking up.

“He’s just not fazed by it, he can handle it all. I only played about with it to be honest. I’m very proud of him. It’s been six years of hard to get into it.

“I think he could really make a good living out of it if he chooses to.”

After starting on the bikes when he was six, Nelson has made rapid progression.

In a further boost to the teenager’s fledgling career he has also received a wild card to ride in the Adult 250 British Championships next year.

Daryl continued: “When he went to his first meet, he bolted out of the start line. Obviously he dropped back but everybody thought he was a bit special.”

The pair thanked sponsors Mick Surman Motorcycles and Dula Engineering for their crucial support.