Young speedway hope Norris needs help to build career in British leagues and beyond!
PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 December 2017
Linton junior grasstrack and speedway rider Sam Norris is budding to be one of Britain’s elite racers of the future.
The 14-year-old, who attends Linton Village College, wants to follow in the footsteps of his idol Jason Doyle after enjoying some success in his first full season of racing.
Norris competed in 15 grasstrack meetings and only finished outside the top two on two occasions, which included coming second in the ACU British youth championships in October, a huge competition.
The youngster has also been constantly improving on his speedway bike as he’s been taking part in pre-meeting races at Rye House and Lakeside.
“I want to hopefully make it to the top British League, and then if I can I would love to hopefully ride in Poland and Sweden,” said Norris.
“Of course I’d love to make it to the World Championships, as you’ve got to dream high.”
The year nine student also revealed he looks up to current speedway world champion Doyle and how he got into racing.
He added: “Jason Doyle, because of his determination to win the world championships. Last year he got injured when he was going to win it and then this year he came back and won it.
“I started through my dad, but it was just seeing the bike. I just wanted to ride it and we started going over to this little field and started riding it round there.”
Norris has already set himself a target of breaking on to the scene in the next few years by targeting a spot in Britian’s third tier of speedway.
“When I’m 16 or 17 I want to get a spot in a National League team,” added the youngster, who has secured a place to ride at Rye House and Lakeside next season for the Hagon Shocks youth academy team.
“It’s sort of a dream come true to ride for Martin (Hagon), as we’re all like one big family, we all know each other and we all get on with each other,” he said.
Sam and his family are now looking for sponsorship to help fund his career and dad Chris said: “Grasstrack and speedway racing at this level is very expensive and we are looking for sponsorship for 2018, so if any local companies can assist we would love to hear from you.”
If you would like to help, visit Sam Norris #7 on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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