Ossett speedway ace inspires Sheffield Tigers team

Jack Parkinson-Blackburn
Jack Parkinson-Blackburn

OSSETT speedway rider Jack Parkinson-Blackburn racked-up an impressive nine-point haul to lead Sheffield Tigers Cubs 125cc team to a 21-21 draw at Somerset last week.

The 12 year-old Ossett Academy student skippered the Tigers’ side that travelled to Burnham-on-Sea and matched the hosts who boasted newly-crowned British 125cc champion Tom Brennan and last year’s British champion Henry Atkins within their talented ranks.

Parkinson-Blackburn also came within a whisker of adding the British Youth Championships title to his ever-growing collection of silverware.

Two wins and two second-place finishes secured a place in the winner-takes-all final of the last round of the championships at Sittingbourne, Kent.

Parkinson-Blackburn started from the inside gate but was beaten to the first corner by Northampton rival Daniel Gilkes.

The Ossett youngster battled to find a way past but Gilkes held on to lead the field home.

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