AS far as periods of time go, last Wednesday to Sunday will be very fondly remembered by 13-year-old Omagh lad Jamie Lyons.
During the middle of last week, he travelled to Silverstone for the British Talent Cup trials on the Stowe circuit, where he did battle with 60 of the brightest young talents on two wheels in a bid to seal a place in the 2019 competition.
Straight from the off, the Omagh Academy pupil showed his ability, going toe-to-toe with the likes of Thundersport Superteen Series leader Harry Leigh and BSB hot-shot Will Lathrope.
Lyons and that particular duo actually put on a bit of a close-quarters racing display during the day, catching the eye with their pace and skill as they progressed through the rounds.
The Tyrone youngster, who was knocked out at the second stage last year when 23 riders were finally selected, knew that there would be fewer places up for grabs this time around.
Having made it to the final 20 on this occasion, Jamie and his rivals faced an agonising wait of around an hour before they found out if they had done enough to make the final cut of just 12 riders.
In the end, and much to his delight, he was one of the chosen few who, upon final confirmation in November, will go forward to compete in the 2019 British Talent Cup.
After sealing his place amongst the delighted dozen, Jamie and the other successful candidates were measured for their British Talent Cup leathers, helmets, boots and gloves before taking part in the Day of Champions at Silverstone, when they were presented to the huge gallery of crowds there for the British Moto GP, signed autographs and were interviewed on stage.
Not one to dwell on his achievements or that particular experience, young Lyons was straight back in the thick of the action on his C&M Motors liveried Kawasaki Ninja at Mondello, near Dublin, on Saturday and Sunday where he was determined to win the Junior Cup title.
He went into the weekend with a perfect record of 14 wins from 14 outings, but rather than take things easy in a bid to claim the title by just scoring the necessary points, he went out and won all three races to ensure he not only kept his unbeaten season alive and well, but claimed the overall crown in style.
In order to extend his winning run, Lyons faced an initial challenge from 18-year-old Eglish lad, Michael Owens, who qualified on pole, but was subsequently disqualified for a technical infringement.
Race one saw the Omagh lad record an emphatic 4.54 second victory over Nathan McGauran, which was a similar result to race two, with a reinstated Owens finishing third. Lyons completed his hat-trick of wins and his 17th in a row, by beating Owens into second and Scott McCrory into third in race three.
Not bad on a bike with only 38.37bhp, which is well under the 43bhp limit for the class!