Sheffield cycle speedway rider wins British championship

James Bunting, centre, with his trophies
James Bunting, centre, with his trophies
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James Bunting became the latest Wosskow Brown Sheffield Stars rider to put on a British Champions jersey after capturing the Under-13 indoor title at Coventry.

James, making his indoor debut, was in sensational form, putting togetherfive perfect races to finish with a maximum 20 point score.

James becomes the sixth member of the Sheffield club to proudly wear a champions jersey in the last three years.

He follows in the tyre tracks of Ellie Sullivan, Chris Turner, Ryan Hoyland, Richard Hudson and Vicky Brown.

So James finished 2014 only one title short of a clean sheet.

He missed out in the Under-13 outdoor title at Edinburgh by just one point in July.

His weekend racing also included a fine fourth place finish in the Under-16 individual event while his points helped the Junior Stars to a fourth place in the Under-19 team cup.

Sheffield gained further success when defending champion Vicky Brown claimed a silver medal in the women’s open, missing out on retaining the title by one point.

Jono Birks and Ryan Hoyland enjoyed their first competetive racing in over a year as the senior team took the bronze medal.

In a heated final, won by Midlands giants Wednesfield, saw 2013 winners Horspath reduced to three riders after receiving two red cards.

The veterans over-40 final saw Sheffield’s Luke Morton almost spring the surprise result of the season.

Racing against seasoned campaigners, most with over 20 years experience, Luke kept his cool to amass 16 points for a fourth place finish.