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JAMIE Lutas is on track to take the world of enduro racing by storm.

The 13-year-old regularly takes on adult riders in the gruelling off-roadcompetitions.

He comfortably won the Junior Hare Scramble race at Hafod Tudor,North Wales, then finished seventh in the experienced club man class against riders much older than himself.

Last year,he won the Mark Moveli Remembrance Cup in an adult competition at Mold.

Enduro racing is similar to motocross, but races are governed by time rather than distance. The winner is the rider who has completed the most laps in the set time.

Jamie,of Wallasey,competes on a 125ccKTM motorcycle. Inspired by his father Geoff, himself a rider, he has been competing for two years.

The Mosslands School pupil said: ``My dad used to do motocross and I got my own bike when I was three or four. Then he went into enduro racing and I followed him.

``You get more time on your bike than you do in motocross. It's non-stop racing for up to three hours. You only come in a couple of times to refuel. It's tough on your arms and legs.

``When I'm older I want to move up into the expert class, then go on to be a professional. If you are good enough you get to race all round Europe.''

Jamie is now preparing for the next round of the Junior Hare Scramble, which is being held this month at Cwm Cannol,North Wales.


DREAM MACHINE: Jamie Lutas with his bike (above) and one of his many trophies (below right) Pictures: COLIN LANE
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 2, 2003
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