Four-midable brother cap Gosport glory day

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Racing siblings Ethan and Lucas Craik continued their regional dominance by successfully defending Southern Series and Southern Championship titles – for a fourth year running.

The Gosport brothers proved unracable as they each pedalled to victory in all nine Southern Series races.

They then claimed glory at the prestigious Southern Championship event held at Burgess Park in Peckham.

A new state-of-the-art £1.1m Olympic legacy track was greeted by an old, familiar result as 10-year-old Ethan won the male 11 category and Lucas, eight, secured yet more silverware at male eight level.

And it proved to be a proud day for the Gosport club as a whole – as fellow riders Rhys Deans, at male 12 level, and Nicola Spiers, in the 30-plus female cruisers, secured top honours.

Gosport BMX chairman Darren Fells said: ‘To have four Southern champions is fantastic – we have done extremely well.

‘All in all, it was a good turnout from all of the Gosport riders who raced.

‘We had a few second places as well and I have to say I’m extremely proud of how hard all of the racers have worked.’

Hazel Craik revealed her delight as her sons completed another fine double.

She said: ‘They can’t do much better to be honest!’

‘Each year the Southern Series consists of nine races against teams from Bournemouth, London, Kent and a variety of different places in the area.

‘Throughout the series the best six race results are recorded but my two had a bit of a clean sweep and won every single race – all nine each!

‘I’m amazed by them. I don’t know where they get the energy from, quite frankly – it’s definitely not from me.

‘It makes all the travelling up and down motorways with my husband, Jim, enjoyable when you see their faces. They absolutely love it!’

With the all-conquering boys also tasting success at national level in recent weeks, the world stage beckons once more.

Older brother Ethan is aiming to go one better than his second-place finish in the 2012 UCI BMX World Championships – held in Birmingham.

Hazel said: ‘The next step – if money allows – is hopefully going to be taking them to some of the European races.

‘And next year in July is the World Championships.

‘We couldn’t go this year unfortunately because it was being held in New Zealand and we couldn’t afford to do that.

‘Next year it’s a bit closer to home (Rotterdam, Netherlands), so hopefully that is a bit more affordable.

‘We will definitely be looking to do the worlds for both boys next year.’

Gosport BMX host the final round of their club series tomorrow (12.30pm).

More than 100 racers are expected to compete at their Grange Road venue.