YOUNG Joe Ravenscroft is speeding towards a career in motorsport.
And his little brother Tom, five, is also following in Joe’s tyre marks.
Earlier this month Joe, 12, of Mount, finished second in the newcomers at the Aprilia RS125 Superteens Championship at Pembrey, South Wales.
He came 13th out of 43 riders overall.
Despite a fault with his main bike, Joe, who attends Salendine Nook High School, finished respectably and enjoyed the advanced competition.
Joe, of Mount, is now learning professional racing circuits in preparation for the next Superteens Championship meet at Oulton Park, Cheshire, from June 5.
In June, Joe will compete in a support race at The World Superbikes Championship at Donington Park and the Moto GP, on the same circuit, the following month.
In 2007 he won the Low Capacity Road Racing Club Jawa GP50 Auto British Championship and came second in the Supermoto/Pitbike Junior A British Championship.
Joe, who began racing around seven years ago, is sponsored by DC Motorcycles, Bradbury Brothers, PDS Graphics, Peter Roberts Caravans, TCX Boots, and Shark Helmets
Meanwhile Tom, who attends Moorlands Primary School, has already started burning rubber on a mini dirt bike.
Dad Pete, 39, said: “We’re just taking each step at it comes.
“Hopefully after two years on the Aprilia Joe will want to go on to the Honda GP125 which is a lot faster. We’ll see how he copes.
“It all depends on funds and the higher you go the more it costs but his sponsors and I aren’t doing too badly.
“He’s got the raw ability and he’s keen on bikes and the technical and mechanical side.
“Tom started on Christmas Day.
“He’s just learning the ropes and waiting to race when he turns six. He’s taken to it like a duck to water. It must be in his blood!”