Young Zak out in front

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Zak Batey on the winner’s podium with trophy. PHOTO: Lawrence Hammonds
Zak Batey on the winner’s podium with trophy. PHOTO: Lawrence Hammonds

Wincanton-based motorcycle racer Zak Batey has taken the ACU British Youth Grasstrack Championship title to add to his already impressive racing CV.
The event held in Cheshire is the biggest meeting of the year and despite being his first time in the intermediate class, Zak showed he is a class act.
The category was for riders aged 14-17, so 14-year-old Zak was one of the youngest in the group.
It was a small technical track which played to his advantage. While some of the older riders prefer big sweeping tracks or just did not manage to get round as fast, Zak stayed focused and put on an exceptional show.
Each competitor has five rides and it could not have been closer going into the last ride. Zak lined up with Hayden Watts from Kent with the two riders tied on points. The Wincanton speedster took the win and the title.
Zak said: “He was on my back wheel for the last lap pushing me hard. It’s been a dream to win a title since I started racing when I was six.”
Zak is now looking forward to more exciting events and taking on sponsors – anyone who would like to get involved with Zak and his team can phone 07428 620423.

by Kye Harman

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