MOTORCYCLING: Kurtis Drew enjoys taste of success at Mallory Park
10:02am Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
TEENAGE motorcycle ace Kurtis Drew, from Cirencester, is every mum's dream - he's a natural cook, writes Danny Hall.
Seventeen-year-old Kurtis attends Gloucestershire College where he is studying to be a professional chef.
But Masterchef's loss could be MotoGP's gain if the teenager fulfils his dream of going on to ride a motor cycle for a living.
The back-up cookery plan may not be needed if he continues his current progress and he enjoyed his best weekend of the year in the Aprilia Superteens Challenge – breaking two lap records along the way.
Kurtis finished fifth and then third in the two races of a much-reduced programme due to the Mallory Park circuit’s well-chronicled problems. They have now gone into administration.
Drew’s big points haul took him into fifth position in the Superteens championship standings in a season when he has shown his potential only sporadically.
After a poor qualifying session for race one due to technical problems, Kurtis made only ninth on the grid, but forced his way up to second – breaking the lap record – before having to settle for fifth.
In race two, he led in the early stages before finishing third – breaking his own lap record again.
Great things were expected of Drew after he competed in the last two rounds of the highly competitive Aprilia Superteens Challenge on a hastily prepared machine in 2012.
This year he finished third and had a race win at Donington Park in the spring and also had a solid sixth place finish at Oulton Park in June.
But Mallory saw the rapid Drew at his very best.
Kurtis said: “This year has been a difficult one, but following the most recent results at Mallory, we are confident that we can challenge for the top step again at the final round at Donington Park.”
Kurtis began racing in 2009 and has worked his way up from the British Mini Moto Championship through all levels of Mini GP to the Aprilia Superteens Challenge, racing on some of Britain’s top circuits aboard his Aprilia RS125.
It is this championship which has produced the likes of world champion Casey Stoner, Cal Crutchlow and, more recently, local Tetbury racer Danny Kent.
Kurtis said: “I would like to thank Sean Rastelli at Prestige Accident Repair Centre, Julian Hayward at Minimoto Racing, Andrew Parffrey at Jesse’s Bistro and Karen Humphries at Beam Electrical for the support they have given me this year, and especially my mum and dad for making it all happen.”
As with any form of motorsport, bike racing is an expensive pastime. Should anybody like to support Kurtis in his quest to become a future champion, the Drew team would love to hear from you.
For further information visit Kurtis’ website at www.kurtisdrewracing.co.uk. Or like ‘Kurtis Drew Racing’ on Facebook.
The Aprilia Superteens Challenge is televised on Sky TV and you can watch the Mallory Park races at 10pm on Thursday, October 10.
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