PUBLISHED: 12:03 12 October 2006 | UPDATED: 13:33 04 May 2010
CRAIG Morley s engine blew up in Friday s practise for his final race meeting of the year, but he still managed to come away with the Aprilia RS 125 Superteen title. The Brands Hatch meeting was expected to be a formality for the 17-year-old Ely racer, wh
CRAIG Morley's engine blew up in Friday's practise for his final race meeting of the year, but he still managed to come away with the Aprilia RS 125 Superteen title.
The Brands Hatch meeting was expected to be a formality for the 17-year-old Ely racer, who held a 93-point lead over second-placed Connor Behan, and just needed an eighth place finish from one of the four races.
But when, for the first time all season, a fractured piston caused his engine to blow as he was warming up in torrential rain on Friday, he must have thought that fate was against him.
The rain cleared on Saturday when
Morley had to use a standard reserve bike, which was significantly slower, but he still managed to produce a strong performance.
The former City of Ely Community College pupil won the title with his first race by finishing third and he celebrated by enjoying the final three races of the season with the pressure off.
Morley finished fourth in his second race on Saturday, and then fourth and fifth in his two races on Sunday, and took two fastest laps in two of the races.
With the title secured, Morley then raced in the 600 Clubman Shootout, in which he will be competing next year.
Morley started at the back of the grid in 34th position, but still managed to finish eighth and, despite racing against riders with more powerful bikes, he had the fifth fastest overall time.
Morley said: "I would like to thank all the people who have supported and sponsored me this year, including Sam Murfitt of Mac Construction and my father and manager Mark Morley."
n Craig Morley needs to raise approximately £20,000 to compete next year and is looking for sponsorship. His races are expected to get live television coverage. Interested parties should contact Mark Morley on 01353 688410 or 07745894334.