HE’S already enjoyed life alongside the British Superbike Championship big-hitters and has a trip to the Czech Republic with the stars of MotoGP to look forward to, but this coming weekend Omagh teenager Jamie Lyons will be racing alongside the likes of Jonathan Rea as the World Superbike Championship stops off at Donington Park.
After around a month off, the British Talent Cup returns to action at the Leicestershire circuit during the only UK round of the WSBK and the 14-year-old Omagh Academy student can’t wait to savour the experience.
“I’m very much looking forward to this weekend because not only do I get to race at it, but I’ve never even been to a round of the World Superbikes to just watch, so I get to watch the racing in between my races too!,” he exclaimed.
“I’m looking forward to getting started back with the BTC too because I did Donington a month ago on the shorter track, so I know the track apart from about three corners that I’ll have to learn, so it shouldn’t be that bad.
“You never know where you’re at until you finish Free Practice 1, but this weekend I’d like to push for top 10. I finished 9th last time, so the same again or higher would be nice.”
Last weekend, Jamie was in HEL Performancet Motostar Moto3 British Championship action at Knockhill in Scotland on his C&M Motors Honda.
After securing eighth and seventh placed finishes in the tricky, changeable conditions, young Lyons was happy with his overall performance.
“Knockhill was good. The first race was better than the second race,” he observed.
“In the first race, me and Ross Maguire – one of the local boys – had a good race and then on Sunday I was P2 in warm-up in the wet.
“I was hoping the race was going to be wet, but it was dry and there were really strong winds. I had no real feel from the front and I nearly tucked it twice, but I managed to get a seventh, which was good enough.
“I’m happy enough because we made some changes to the bike which really paid off so overall it was a good weekend.”