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9 Year Old Hexham Boy Competes At Newcastle Arenacross
ArenaCross is back in Newcastle - with loud noises, bright lights and jaw-dropping motorbike stunts
The Newcastle will host rounds eight and nine of the indoor spectacular across today and tomorrow - with plenty of crowd participation as the action gets underway at 7.00pm on Saturday and 3.00pm on Sunday.
Nine-year old Ollie Colmer from Hexham's competing in the 65cc category. Young people from the age of seven to ten ride the same circuit as the professionals.
This is Ollie's first series competing in Arenacross and he has only been off the podium twice so far this year.
Prior to the Birmingham round of the championship last weekend, Ollie was leading the championship ahead of racing-rivals Kiean Boughen and Jak Taylor but a crash on the challenging whoops in the final race of round seven, in which he was winded and eventually finished eleventh, saw a slight easing of the throttle on his championship charge. However, anything could happen as he heads to his local round this Saturday and Sunday. He'll have a battalion of school friends and club riding pals in the audience and they are all getting ready to raise the roof as they cheer on, and get behind their mini racing warrior.
The Year five schoolboy, whose favourite subject is PE, said that his school, Allendale Primary, has been very supportive of his racing efforts and helped with allowing him to take time off to travel to the Arenacross rounds.
He told Heart:
"My headmistress Mrs Hawkins, all my school friends and also loads of riders from the North East MX Club will be watching this weekend, and I want to bring the trophy home for them. I think I will feel the pressure, but I'm proud to represent my home town."
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