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Castletown teenager Jack takes second spot against tough opposition


By Alan Hendry

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Jack Ryan was the only NSKC driver competing in the Junior Max section.
Jack Ryan was the only NSKC driver competing in the Junior Max section.

Young karting competitor Jack Ryan took second place overall in the first round of the Northern Challenge at NSKC Golspie last weekend. There was a good turnout with the Golspie and Boyndie clubs well represented.

Jack was the only NSKC driver competing in the Junior Max section with six other drivers in his group.

The 14-year-old from Castletown started in pole position in heat one. He lost his position to Sophie Kinghorn but managed to hold off the other challengers to finish second.

Jack started in fourth position in heat two, quickly moving up to third, but couldn’t pass the other two.

Heat three saw him starting in fifth position, and he worked his way through the field to finish third.

Jack started the final in third place on the grid, losing his position on the first corner and falling back to fourth.

There was a large gap between the first two drivers and the rest of the pack. However, he worked hard to move up to third and then proceeded to close the gap with the two leaders.

Then on the final lap he took his chance in a bold manoeuvre to move into second place for the chequered flag.

All in all it was a very good weekend for Jack against tough opposition.

Placings: 1 Nathan Smith, Boyndie GKC; 2 Jack Ryan, Golspie NSKC; 3 Sophie Kinghorn, Boyndie GKC.

In the recent autocross event at Sibster, Jack had the fastest lap for the junior section on a foggy day on a stubble park.

His next race, the last of the season, is at Golspie on October 25.



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