Speedway in Lloyd's blook

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 15 June 2010

Lloyd Barratt

Lloyd Barratt

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FOURTEEN-year-old Lloyd Barrett has born with speedway in his blood.

FOURTEEN-year-old Lloyd Barrett has born with speedway in his blood. His dad Wayne rode for Exeter, Poole, St Austell, and Wimbledon and is still a force on the grass tracks, his mum Kay was once the office manager at Exeter, while his hero, reigning British Grand Prix champion, Chris 'Bomber' Harris frequently stayed at the Barretts' home when Lloyd was a toddler. Now already a British junior grasstrack champion at 125cc level Lloyd is on track to forge his own career in speedway.This season Lloyd, who lives in Cullompton, and is a student at the local community college, has been having regular practice rides at the Somerset Rebels' Highbridge track. He has obviously inherited his dad's ability as he has just been invited to ride in a special demonstration race prior to the British Grand Prix at Cardiff's fabled Millennium Stadium later this month (Saturday 28 June).The British GP is the biggest event in world speedway and this year is expected to attract a crowd of 50,000 who as well as seeing Lloyd in action will also be entertained by '80s pop star Belinda Carlisle before the world's top 16 riders battle it out on the special laid track.Lloyd admits that it will be a daunting prospect to race in front of so many people , but is thrilled to be given the opportunity to take part at such a prestigious event. At least he will have 'uncle' Chris Harris on hand to give him advice before defending his title.What other ambitions does Lloyd have after racing in the Millenium Stadium? "I want to race for the Exeter Falcons at their new track," comes the instant reply, " then I want to be the next Chris Harris!"Photos courtesy of Ian Hitchcock


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