Burnley student takes top racing honour

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A TALENTED engineering student from Burnley has set the wheels in motion on a successful biking hobby.

Former Blessed Trinity RC College pupil Lee Duerden (18) has been crowned single cylinder champion in the Auto Cycling Union North-West Championships.

The talented teenager, who is currently studying at Nelson and Colne College for a National Diploma in mechanical engineering, is a keen biker who competes nationally throughout the season.

Having already enjoyed success as a mini-moto champion, which gave him the opportunity to compete in Italy, Lee was thrilled to discover that overall, throughout the season, his lap times were top of the leader board, scooping him the overall championship.

Despite enjoying such fantastic success in his racing career, Lee has decided to study engineering, which teams up well with his love of bikes.

Having tuned his own bikes while competing at lower levels, Lee said that he thought that qualifications in engineering would be beneficial to him, as first-hand knowledge of how his bike works gives him a real competitive edge and will also help him to secure a career if he chooses not to ride professionally.

Lee is currently trying to help arrange a residential trip to Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount race in September, where he and his fellow engineers will be able to learn more about the importance of innovative engineering in the motorbike racing industry.

Lee said: “I was totally surprised to be woken by my dad, who had opened the letter from the ACU telling me I had been named single cylinder North-West champion. I have ridden in races all season and it was amazing to find out that the combination of my lap times meant I had secured the championship. I have to thank my great pit team, and people who sponsored me including Automotive Solutions, Invictus Consultants and Team SJL racing.”