Darren Fells paid tribute to Gosport BMX’s rising star Ethan Craik and insisted: There’s no-one else like him.
The all-conquering 10-year-old completed an unbeaten British Series by winning the final two rounds of the prestigious event at his home track at the weekend.
It was the victory parade Gosport BMX expected, with male 10 champion Craik wrapping up the series in fine style.
And club chairman Fells believes the prodigious talent, who was ranked second in the world for his age group in 2012, is a unique starlet in the world of BMX racing
‘There are nine rounds in total in the series and within each of those rounds there are five races,’ explained Fells.
‘So in the series there are 45 races spread over five different tracks up for grabs.
‘Ethan won all 45 of them and that, I think, is unique.
‘I don’t think anybody has ever won all 45 races in the national series.
‘It is a remarkable achievement made all the more special by the fact he has sealed it at his home track.’
Craik’s weekend achievements marked a fantastic two days for Gosport BMX, who had the honour of hosting the climax of the national series.
Fells believes the club did themselves proud as the finest bikers in Britain descended on their track.
He also said performances on the track gave the outfit much encouragement.
‘The weekend was an amazing success,’ said Fells.
‘We were expecting anywhere up to 700 riders but actually had 800 and a couple of thousand spectators turn up as well, so that was fantastic for us as a club.
‘Prior to racing on Saturday we were ranked third nationally and following the event we came out second.’
Fells was quick to pay tribute to all of Gosport’s riders and revealed star-of-the-show Craik was not the only family member celebrating glory.
He added: ‘Ethan’s younger brother Lucas also won a round in the eight-year-old boys’ category.
‘He looks a great prospect for the future and we were delighted for both of the boys.’
Accompanying the Craik brothers at the top of the winners’ podium were team-mates Michelle Eaton (17-29 female category), Ayesha McClelland (championship women), Elle Junker (10-year-old girls), Simon Homans, who also claimed the overall men’s masters title, and Rhys Deans, who won both rounds at Grange Road but missed out on a national title in the 12-year-old boys’ age group.
Others to impress for the hosts included Connor Hedges, who ensured a national series runners-up medal in the 11-year-old boys’ category, and James Campbell and Evan Watson who both had podium finishes in the 10-year-old boys’ age group.
Twins Kieran and Ashley Binner also both had podium finishes.
Meanwhile, another star in the making was Alfie Norris who made his national series debut in the seven-year-old boys’ race.
Fells added: ‘On behalf of Gosport BMX Club, I’d like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who made the event such a success.
‘Without these people we wouldn’t have a club or a track and we wouldn’t be able to host prestigious events like the British Series.’
Fells also thanked the navy for allowing the use of the Polo Fields and Gosport Borough Council for its continued support.