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Strong Local Interest for the National Youth Series Championship


With young riders from Minehead Merlins gaining entries to the National Series Championships next weekend there is sure to be plenty of local support.


As the fourth event in the series of seven, and after earlier rounds in London and South Wales, Minehead has attracted national champions among the 240 riders, with big teams coming from Scotland and the Isle of Man, as well as across England and Wales. Full fields of 80 will guarantee a colourful spectacle and exciting racing, as riders scrap for high placings and the all-important points which lead to being crowned National Champion.

Success breeds success and nothing is more true in the case of Joe Wright from Selworthy and brothers Fin and Reu Walter from Minehead. All the boys attend the local schools and have been members of local club Minehead Merlins from the beginning. Sure to have strong support from school and club-mates they will have their work cut out. As 1st year riders in their respective age categories they will be competing with many riders a year older.

George Watch from Taunton is the fourth Merlin to gain an entry and will join Joe and Reu in the Under 14’s Boys race. George has also been showing good form in the early part of the season so all the boys should give a good showing.


The strong emphasis on youngsters continues on the Sunday with races for all age groups from Under 8’s upwards. All the local boys will race again for points in the Southwest Regional Championships together with Louis Wright who is sure to perform strongly in the Under 12’s as too will younger sister Franny in the Under 10’s.


Local businesses have again provided great support with each of the four National Series races backed by Beaver Ford, DP Autoworks, CJ Lynch and Sons Ltd and Stuart Lowen (Farm Shop)


For more information about these events and what’s on over the whole weekend go to www.mineheadgrandprix.co.uk