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Young gun Scott Swann hoping to hit heights in British series

By Paul Lindsay

Magheramorne schoolboy Scott Swann is all set to join this season's Santander Consumer Finance KTM British Junior Cup, after a more than successful debut season on the tarmac aboard a 125cc Aprilia.

The 13-year-old Carrickfergus College student will make his debut in the eight-round series at Silverstone on April 10 and is delighted to be racing in the same paddock as local heroes Michael Laverty, Glenn Irwin and Alastair Seeley.

"I got my first run out on the Team#109 KTM RC390 at a recent MCUI training day at Bishopscourt," explained the youngster.

"It was cold and damp for most of the day but the bike felt good and really nice to ride. The biggest difference for me was getting used to the engine braking, as I have never ridden a four stroke before.

"But after a few sessions and a couple of scary slides into the corners I started to get the hang of it."

Son of former multiple Irish Superbike champion Mike Swann, Scott is having a 'Blues, Bikes and Banter' fundraising night, this Saturday (March 12) at the Knockagh Lodge, Greenisland.

The Rab McCullough Blues Band and the Hilly Billtongs will be playing at the venue where all 350 tickets are nearly sold out. If you'd like to attend email mike.swann@hotmail.co.uk or call into Maud's Ice Cream shop Whitehead.

In other news, local photographer and author Stephen Davison's 'Hard Roads' publication is now available in paperback.

In over 120 incredible photographs, Davison captures road racing at its extraordinary best. Available in all good book shops, priced at £12.99.

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