Flint gets a stint as British champion

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Young Berwick speedway rider Leon Flint was crowned British 150cc champion at Swindon on Sunday.

The meeting took place on the inner training-track at the Abbey Stadium ahead of the venue’s last-ever meeting, and the final also saw 12-year-old Flint – whose father Gary is the manager of Berwick’s Border Raiders junior side – clock the quickest time of the event.

He defeated Jordan Edwards, Sam Stead and Jordan Palin to take the title, Flint and Edwards having tied on 11 points in the qualifying races.

GB Youth boss Neil Vatcher said: “The track on the centre green of the main Swindon circuit was superbly prepared, which included a new starting gate and green light system along with hay bales around the outside of the track instead of an air fence.

“This British Final was a credit to all involved from the riders, Swindon promotion and track staff, and also the SCB referee Graham Reeve who all did a great job.

“Our thanks also to the British Speedway public who came out in vast numbers to watch this final, in what was again the biggest attendance to watch a British Youth final, and a number of those supporters approached me afterwards to say what a bright future British speedway has.

“This concludes the British Youth season, and what a great season it was. Many congratulations to the four British champions – Jack Parkinson 500cc, Tom Brennan 250cc, Leon Flint 150cc and Joe Thompson 125cc – with a promise of plenty of more exciting times to come in 2016.”