Hot teen speedway prospect, Lewis, 13, from King’s Lynn is ‘best in Britain’
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The production line of speedway talent in Norfolk is well on its way to churning out its latest teenage sensation.
King's Lynn's Lewis Whitmore has become the British under-16 champion at the age of just 13 following a string of scintillating displays in the six-round series. After emulating Robert Lambert in lifting the national 250cc crown, the Springwood Academy pupil is aiming to keep on track by continuing to follow in the Stars rider's footsteps in the future.
Whitmore's father Jason said: 'I wouldn't like to say how far he could go but I know he would firstly love to ride for his hometown side (Young Stars) in the National League when he turns 15.
'He chats with Robert, which is good as he looks up to him, and asks for advice. It's great for Lewis to be British champion, he's really happy, but at the moment what he really loves most is just getting on his bike and riding it.'
Lambert, now 16, won the prestigious competition, previously an under-15 event, in 2010 and has gone on to become one of the two-wheel sport's most talked about youngsters. He rides for Lynn's senior side along with fellow homegrown talents Lewis Kerr and Lewis Rose.
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'I used to watch and think 'go faster', now I just think 'stay on'', joked Whitmore senior, whose son is backed by the Norwich-based Morello Racing British Superbike team.
'I'm his mechanic, his bank, his driver, and his mum (Jackie) always comes along to give him support too. She doesn't watch him race though. She gets too nervous and sits in the van when he rides.
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'He's got a lot of knowledge for his age about how he wants his bike to be set up. And since Morrello backed him he's had more confidence and belief in himself. Their support, and all of his sponsors' help, is so vital.'
Whitmore has already taken part in a world championships (under-17s) – performing well until he crashed – and next month will represent Great Britain for the first time at an under-16s pairs event in the Czech Republic.
However, the teen talent will have to wait until he is 15 to ride a 500cc bike – the size of a full speedway bike's engine – competitively in the UK and another 12 months after that to compete for Lynn's top-flight outfit.