Herefordshire teenage bike ace Corey Lewis races to success in NG Road Racing Championship (From Hereford Times)
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Herefordshire teenage bike ace Corey Lewis races to success in NG Road Racing Championship
TEENAGE bike ace Corey Lewis has returned to competition after a four-year exile and stormed to an NG Road Racing championship title.
Corey, who lives in Credenhill, was a schoolboy when he raced in the Relentless British 125GP Championship.
Corey and his brother Jay represented the SL Racing team all over Europe until their dad, Simon, died suddenly in May 2009.
“We did a couple of rounds after my dad died but it was not the same,” recalled Corey, who turns 19 next month.
“I did the round at Donington Park and I think I qualified in 13th and I was leading the race at Donington when I fell off.
“We stopped racing soon after that and I did not ride for two years.
“My brother now works at Burghill Valley Golf Club and no longer rides.
“But I did a bit last year and I have been doing it properly this year. I am just getting back into the sport and I think I can ride even better.
“I would love to ride in the 600 Superstock series next season.”
He recalled: “When my dad passed away, my brother and I were both racing 125s.
“I did the first one just three days after my 13th birthday - we raced all over Europe - Germany, Italy and Spain.
“The events were televised and, at one time, I had a lot of the races saved to our Sky box. We were never at home - it was a fantastic experience for us.
“I think my dad would be proud - I am sure he would want me to be racing and doing the things I enjoy.”
The former Whitecross School pupil has teamed up with bike fan John Lewis, from Norton Canon.
This season, Corey has blitzed the field - on a bike owned and maintained by John - on his way to NG Road Racing 400 Streetstocks title. Corey previously won the NG Formula 135 Aprilia Championship in 2007.
John, who is not related to Corey, runs ETASS racing and has been involved in the sport since 1976.
The opportunity for the pair to team up arose through John’s friendship with Hinton Football Club stalwart Graham Andrews. Graham worked with John at HP Bulmer and Graham’s step-daughter, Carys Kenyon, has been dating Corey for the past four years.
“I knew that John had a bike and I knew that I had a rider,” explained Graham.
“Corey has been mixing with bikes that he should not really be beating. He’s riding a 30-year-old bike against bikes that are just one or two years old. He’s an extremely good racer.”
Corey admits he would like to emulate the success of his friend, Luke Jones, who is also from Hereford and races in British Superbikes.
Corey said: “I have won the races in this championship by a big margin but I am never happy with things like the lap times.
“I couldn’t have achieved the title without the help and support from John. “He does all the work with the bike, puts in the fuel and pays for it all.”
Corey added: “John and his mate, Doug, have done great work with the bike and I am very grateful for the opportunity.”
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