Motorsport: Armstrong ‘Keen’ for more success after debut victory

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A talented teenage motorcycle racer scored his first victory in the intensively competitive 600cc class at Donington Park, writes James Marshall.

Keenan Armstrong, 16, featured in Sunday’s prestigious competition where he beat Worcestershire’s Brad Hughes by just half a second.

In the qualifying race, Armstrong was 12th heading into the first corner and had managed to move into seventh at the end of the lap.

He was then able to work his way up to second by the end of the qualification, putting himself on the front row of the grid alongside Hughes and Cardiff’s Dale Thomas.

And in the final, the battling trio were wheel to wheel throughout the eight lap race, with the result in doubt right up to the final corner. However, a delighted Armstrong just managed to snatch the win.

The Doncaster race ace also managed seventh place in the Phoenix Open encounter where he was beaten by five 1000cc bikes.

On Saturday, Armstrong took seventh place in the 600 qualifier and sixth in the championship race.

This week he will be racing the M1 Fabs Yamaha in the national Superstock 600cc championship at Thruxton.

Then the next stop will be Oulton Park which takes place the following weekend in the BSB meeting.

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