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Rhys, 14, following family's tradition
7:40am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
BROMYARD schoolboy Rhys Griffiths is following in his family’s strong autograss tradition.
Griffiths has been racing for two years and hit top gear to triumph at the National Championships in Cambridge.
The 14-year-old is the son of national autograss champions Mark and Claire Griffiths.
“It’s more nerve-wracking watching Rhys in action than when I was competing,” said Mark, 38, who is having a season’s break from the sport.
“He is doing very well and has benefited from using a test track at his grandparents’ farm.”
Mark won the nationals in 2008 and the British Championships in 2010. Mum Claire is a former national and British autograss champion.
Rhys won his national title in the 12 to 16-year-old section over two days in a field of 96 racers.
He booked his place in the final after securing five first places and a second spot.
Eight drivers lined up for the eight-lap final and Rhys won by eight car lengths.
He is also second in his section in the British Championship with two rounds remaining.
The Severn Valley Autograss Club member has, among others, won opens in East Anglia and South Wales.
Rhys’ sister, Katie, 12, has also tasted success in her first year in the sport. She achieved her first heat win at the nationals and carried off the prize for the best turned out car.
“Katie was really pleased,”
said Mark. “I don’t think Rhys had a chance to avoid the sport even if he wanted to.
“My wife and I are former champions and my wife’s brother, Steve Lindsay, won the nationals. Her dad also competed in autograss.”
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