Horncastle’s young BMX racer Hayden Blackburn has confirmed his rating as one of the country’s top prospects.
The seven-year-old finished a highly creditable 13th in his age group category at the UK Championships.
The format featured three qualifying races before the final stages with eight riders in each heat.
With 61 hopefuls from across the UK entered, Hayden started well, winning his first ‘moto’. In his second race, a slight slip of his pedal on the starting gate put him behind the leaders but he still finished a respectable fourth.
In his final moto, the Horncastle Primary School pupil took the lead from the start and secured a 20m advantage over his fellow competitors.
He had a slight mishap on the last section when he lost control of his bike but he managed to regain his composure and hold on to first place.
Twenty-nine riders were ‘dropped’ as the racers progressed in to the final stages.
Hayden’s form meant he could choose his gate position and again, he made the most of a good start, leading from start to finish.
Moving on to the semi-final featuring the top 16 riders in the UK, Hayden again picked gate three. A small wobble at the begining unsteadied him and meant he did not get the ideal start.
Hayden, though, fought well to recover to seventh place but unfortunately, only the top four made it through to the final.
Still, the family had a lot of positives to reflect on, Dad Andy said: “We are super proud of his achievements and now focusing on his next race, the Midlands Championships, in a couple of weeks.”