For the first time this season, Wayne Ryan’s championship fate rests upon himself this weekend as he attempts to clinch the Aprilia Dunlop Superteen 125cc Challenge at Rockingham with Thundersport GB.
Thirteen-year-old Wayne, from Lydd in Kent, enters the final round of the season with a 44 point lead over his rivals, with just four races remaining.
It was 18 months ago when Wayne entered his first ever road race and with a win on his debut, eyebrows were raised and he soon became a regular podium finisher in his first season, ending the year fifth overall.
For 2009, Wayne became a strong favourite for the title along with the likes of Andy Reid, Lee Jackson, Connor Tagg and Ben Gautrey, who also made a strong impression in the latter stages of 2008.
But after a mixture of bad luck and some questionable performances, after just eight races, Wayne found himself in a massive points struggle as he watched his closest rivals disappear into the distance.
Round by round though, Wayne proved why he was so highly regarded and with a string of wins and consistent podium finishes, Wayne took the lead of the championship at his home circuit of Brands Hatch, before extending it with two amazing wins at Anglesey.
With eighteen podiums including seven wins this year, Wayne has been an outstanding competitor and knows what he’s got to do on Saturday and Sunday.
“I’ve got to go into the weekend the same as I would normally. I don’t feel any pressure at the moment and I’m just going to go out there and race, I’ve given it my all this season so let’s hope we can end it on a high”
Wayne’s foster dad Paul has already purchased a GP125 machine for Wayne to compete in the GP3 Championships with Thundersport GB in 2010, and with the pair both in need of sponsorship, Wayne can do no more than win the world famous Superteen Challenge at Rockingham this weekend.