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Sam Coventry in action at Snetterton
Sam Coventry in action at Snetterton
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Sam Coventry broke the pain barrier to be crowned Champion of Snetterton and keep his MRO Powerbike Championship title hopes on course.

The Waterlooville speedster picked up the title on a dramatic weekend of action at the Norfolk circuit, as he collected two victories and two second-place finishes.

That, added to Coventry’s wins at the same venue earlier in the season, saw him take the title created three years ago when the new Snetterton 300 track was opened.

Coventry’s success was made all the more impressive after it came four weeks after fracturing his collarbone in a collision with another rider.

Amazingly, the 20-year-old competed the following week and collected points which could be crucial when it comes to the end-of-season reckoning.

And the South Downs College talent, who races a BMW S1000rr motorcycle, then took on the wet and dry conditions to collect his Snetterton title.

That leaves him nicely placed in the table in second place with four rounds to go.

Coventry said: ‘This was a great weekend for me.

‘I was just concentrating on getting as many points as possible for the Powerbike Championship, after coming back from my broken collarbone.

‘I am very proud to be 2013 Champion of Snetteron and now continue my campaign to be the BMCRC Powerbike champion and also score points in the British Superstock 1000cc Championship.

‘I couldn’t have achieved this without my dad and the support from my family, friends, sponsors – so a massive thank you to all of them.’

Coventry has been highlighted by Continental Tyres as a talent with a big future, and has been handed backing to support his career.

That has provided him with a much-needed boost in a sport which can prove a challenge to fund financially.

Now Coventry is aiming to end the season in style, with one eye on the Britsh Superstock 1000cc Championship further down the line.

Proud mum, Vicky Coventry, was delighted with her son’s latest win and feels his hunger to succeed remains as strong as ever.

She said: ‘It’s great to get a championship in mid-season!

‘Sam’s been going well this season but to break his collarbone in one of the British Superstock 1000 rounds was a blow.

‘He actually rode the following week despite obviously being in some discomfort.

‘He didn’t win that weekend – but we let him off!

‘But it stopped him slipping too far down the table, and he’s now around 15 points off the leader.

‘So, with four rounds to go, it’s all to play for. There’s 400 points up for grabs so there’s not a lot in it.

‘It’s great that he has been noted as a promising up-and-coming rider, too.

‘Sam’s totally committed to going as far as he can in the sport.

‘He has given up a lot of stuff people his age would normally do to be the best he can be.’