Racing family’s need for speed

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A Winthorpe family is sharing in the thrills and spills of competing on the stock car racing circuit.

Dad Mark Young, who first got behind the wheel more than 30 years ago, now faces the challenge of competing against his three children.

Racing sons Kyle and Ryan has already proved a tough proposition, but this season Mark is also taking on 16-year-old daughter Kira.

The Young family regularly compete at Skegness Stadium in their bright green Vauxhall racing cars cheered on by mum Donna.

Mark,47, said: “My dad John used to take me to watch the rally racing , got me hooked and I started grass track racing in 1984.

“In the pits and garage we are a team, but once you get out on the track it is different. All the drivers want to beat each other.

“I have no intention of retiring. It is youth against experience, but if one of my children goes past me I feel proud.”

Last season was one to remember for the family as Ryan, 22, won the GT Hotrods points championship in style, with Kyle, 26, finishing runner-up.

Ryan, who started on the circuit aged 12, has now stepped up to 1300 saloon contact racing He said: “Kyle pushed me quite close, there was a 60 point difference so we were quite dominant. I am putting more time into contact racing this season. It is more competitive and I am not used to hitting other cars, but getting there.”

Skegness Grammar School student Kira is starting her first season on the senior circuit and recently appeared with Ryan in an edition of the On The Bench sports show on Estuary TV.

She said: “I started junior rods when I was 15 and am the only girl in a male dominated formula. I will be racing in lady bangers this season and now mum is planning on taking part too.”