Fenland Ministox sensation powers to triumphant debut season with championship success
A 12-YEAR-old Fenland motorsport sensation is celebrating a triumphant debut season which has seen him storm to a string of championship successes.
Ryan Polley, from March, began his Ministox racing career last year and has beaten a host of older drivers on his way to glory.
After being named as the sport’s newcomer of the year in November, the youngster cruised to his first championship title - bagging the Long Track Championship.
He finished third in the East Anglian Championship and sealed an incredible season by claiming the Ministox World Cup at Barford Raceway in Durham at the weekend.
Polley said: “I’m pleased with my results so far this year as I never expected to achieve championship titles after just one year in the sport.
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“I’ve always looked up to the older, more experienced drivers who are at the end of their Ministox careers and im pleased to gain a similar status in the sport as them so soon.
“As always, I owe thanks to my sponsors for their continued support and even bigger thanks to my dedicated parents and sister.”
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The youngster’s success mirrors that of his grandfather George Polley - a former National Hot Rod racing world champion. Ryan’s father, Steve, also enjoyed a successful stock racing career in the Hot Hatch series.
Polley’s mum, Jo, said: “I always knew Ryan would want to go into Ministox as soon as he was old enough but it was still a scary thought at just 11 years old.
“He’s managed to win me over with his dedication and maturity towards the sport and Steve and I are always happy to be there to support him further.
“We have worked out - with a seven-year-old daughter who is desperate to get into Ministox and baby Polley number three on the way - we will be track-side for the next 14 years at least.
“I just hope that my nerves during the races begin to settle soon because 14 years is a long time!”