All eyes on Kelsey as youth champs come to town

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Kelsey Dugard will be in the spotlight on Sunday, July 14 on his own Arlington track as he competes in the 500cc class of the British Youth Championship.

Kelsey, son of the Master of the Arlington, Martin, faces some stiff competition, including a rider coming over from Germany and making his British debut.

After two rounds of the six-round competition, the leaders in the 500cc class are Michael Neale, Reece Downes and Nathan Greaves, all tied on 32 points.Kelsey has 22 points after rounds at Leicester and Rye House.

Two British brothers, Daniel and Ethan Spiller, are travelling from Germany to compete.

Daniel is the world 250cc champion and a “real hot prospect”, according to British youth joint manager Neil Vatcher.

“He is certainly one for people to go and watch. He has never ridden a British track before and it will be interesting to see how he performs against our series leaders.

“This 500cc class is going to be a real battle on Sunday,” Vatcher said.

In the 250cc class, Zach Wajtknecht, who won the world 250cc title on grass last year, is competing. He was Britain’s only motor sport world champion in 2012 and is second at the moment in the UK series, four points behind Lewis Whitmore who leads on 34 points. Ethan Spiller will be competing in this class.

The 125cc class is probably the most competitive, although these are termed “support” races with the championship being decided in a one-off meeting.

The last two 125cc champions are competing - Tom Brennan, who won in 2012 after coming from last to first in the final race at Arlington, and Henry Atkins (2011). They will face stiff competition from Kyle Bickley who won both the opening rounds of this series.

There will be more than 30 races on the card on Sunday afternoon but Vatcher promised the action would be quick-fire.

He said, “The kids are really keen. They are always ready to go out; there is no messing about.

“Everyone is looking forward to coming to an Elite League venue. It is an honour for us all to come to a track and stadium like Eastbourne.”

Eastbourne co-promoter Mike Bellerby said: “We are delighted to again welcome the youngsters to Arlington. Their enthusiasm and commitment is a joy to watch and we are looking forward to a great afternoon.

“We have pegged the admission price at £5 for adults and hope people will take advantage of that to come and see more than 30 races and – perhaps –a future world champion.”

Admission prices are: adults £5, children 6 to 15 £1, children under six are free. Programme: £1. The meeting starts at 3.30pm. Gates open at 2.00pm.