James Chapman claimed a national title in the Pro 250cc division at the Australian Dirt Track Championships at Barleigh Ranch last weekend.
The Kempsey resident was forced to work for the Australian title, as he jumped in second position but by the fourth lap, he had maneuvered his way passed the leader and didn't relinquish the lead over the final two laps.
"It's a good feeling to win an Australian title and I got a good adrenaline rush," Chapman told the Argus.
"I was on the leader's tail and got up the inside of him on a corner on the fourth lap."
Chapman was on track to add a podium finish in the Australian Pro Open to his long list of accolades, but unfortunately another rider collided with him from behind and took him out of the race.
At the time of the incident, Chapman, who qualified for the final in third position, was sitting in fourth spot but was right behind the third place rider.
"I was pretty filthy and I was blowing up but these things happen in such a hotly contested final," Chapman said.
"The Australian Pro Open had some of the best riders from all across Australia competing in it."
Chapman, who has previously won an Australian title on his 450cc, will now turn his attention to the Akubra Classic, which he plans to win this year.
The 19-year-old finished in fourth place last year but with a new bike, more confidence and 12 more months of experience, Chapman claims his primed to contest for the title.
"I plan on winning the Akubra Classic, I think I will be a strong contender this year," he said.
"I have been working on my fitness and I am feeling good after the competition at the Aussies. I will work on a few things over the next few weeks and be ready to go."
The Akubra Classic is at the Greenhill Speedway on Sunday November 3.
Chapman has a terrific support group who help him to pursue his dreams.
"I want to thank my mum and dad for all their support over the years and for all they have done for me and continue to do so," he said.
"I also want to give a massive shout out to all of my sponsors and support crew.
"Matt Hamilton has provided help and support with my training, a big thank you to Ted and Winsome Walmsley, Wayne and Debbie Spurgin for their support and helping me on this journey and also a big thank you to Tim and Carley Spurgin for everything they have done on and off the track.
"I am very grateful for what they have done for me if anyone wishes to follow my journey they can do so on Facebook at James Chapman Racing #69."
Chapman's sponsors include; T & C Plumbing PTY LTD Tim and Carley Spurgin, Early Rise Bakery Steve and Lisa Morn, Kempsey Carpet Court Ray and Janine Farrawell, Industrial Gaskets and Sealants Julie and Joel Gardiner, RH Property Professionals Robyn Hudson, Cols Motorcycles Kempsey Col and Karen Brenton.
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