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British Rider win’s European Grasstrack title

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James Shanes wins the 34th edition of the European Solo Championship – the UK’s biggest Motorcycle Grasstrack meeting.

British Rider win’s European Grasstrack title

SHOWS:

FOLKSTONE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SEPTEMBER 11, 2016) (HUTC – NO ACCESS ARCHIVE OR LIBRARY USE)

1. BRITON JAMES DRIVING TO THE START LINE FOR THE FINAL OF THE EUROPEAN SOLO CHAMPIONSHIP

2. RACE STARTING

3. SHANES LEADING THE RACE

4. SHANES WINNING THE RACE AS THE CHEQUERED FLAG IS WAVED

5. SHANES CELEBRATING AS HE DOES A LAP OF HONOUR

6. SHANES WAVING BRITISH FLAG AS HE DOES A LAP OF HONOUR

7. SHANES STANDING ON THE PODIUM, RECEIVING HIS TROPHY AND POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS

8. PEOPLE APPLAUDING

9. (SOUNDBITE) (English) 2016 EUROPEAN SOLO CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER, JAMES SHANES, SAYING:

“It’s been absolutely amazing. Today started off as a bit of a disaster with belt failures and a little off in one of the qualifying heats. To find out I just scraped into the B final was absolutely amazing and then to get second in the B final and to go out and win the A final is just an absolute dream come true for myself. Last year I was second, this year I was first and I can only really keep going up and I hope next year brings bigger and better things and I can just can’t thank the people I’ve got around me like my mum, dad, sisters, girlfriend, all the sponsors; I can’t thank them enough for all they’ve given to me today.”

10. SHANES CELEBRATING WITH CHAMPAGNE ON THE PODIUM

STORY: James Shanes went one better than last year as he won the 2016 European Solo Championship in Folkstone on Sunday (September 11).

The competition is the biggest Motorcycle Grasstrack meeting of the British season and the sport is one of the oldest types of motorcycle sports, dating back to the early 1920s.

On Sunday, over 4,000 people watched on as riders from all over Europe competed for the title.

Shanes, 19, a motor mechanic from Dorset, England, said it had been his dream to win the championship having come second last year.

“It’s been absolutely amazing. Today started off as a bit of a disaster with belt failures and a little off in one of the qualifying heats,” Shanes said. “To find out I just scraped into the B final was absolutely amazing and then to get second in the B final and to go out and win the A final is just an absolute dream come true for myself. Last year I was second, this year I was first and I can only really keep going up and I hope next year brings bigger and better things and I can just can’t thank the people I’ve got around me like my mum, dad, sisters, girlfriend, all the sponsors; I can’t thank them enough for all they’ve given to me today.”

Shanes will now set his sights on the World Long track title, a series of six rounds, next year where he will take on Dutchman Jannick de Jong.

De Jong was three-times defending champion at the European Solo Championships but this year was disqualified because of a technical issue.

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