DRAG RACING: Heroic hat-trick for Spalding’s magic Mick

TITLE TREBLE: Mick Winyard is pictured on the Suzuki GSX1100 R Turbo bike with which he won the UK national 8.50 bike championships. Photo supplied

TITLE TREBLE: Mick Winyard is pictured on the Suzuki GSX1100 R Turbo bike with which he won the UK national 8.50 bike championships. Photo supplied

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Hi-octane Spalding drag racer Mick Winyard has won the UK national 8.50 bike championships for a third year in a row.

Winyard edged out three title rivals in a thrilling finale at Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire to complete his terrific treble of titles.

The championship showcases highly modified motorcycles – many of which are turbo charged.

The only rule in the 8.50 class is to run as close to 8.5 seconds over a quarter of a mile from a standing start, without going under that time. This year the championship was run over nine rounds, split between Shakespeare County Raceway (Stratford-upon-Avon) and Santa Pod.

Winyard’s year didn’t start too well, with part failures and breakages hampering his process – but he slowly crept his way back in to contention.

Going into the last round at Santa Pod, any one of four riders could have won the title.

It went down to final in a ‘winner takes all’ situation, with the South Holland ace coming out on top.

The season has also seen Winyard run several personal bests, the fastest being 8.06 at 178mph.

He rides a Suzuki GSX1100 R Turbo, which is now the fastest street tyred ‘gixxer’ over a quarter of a mile in the UK.