ONE Castlederg youngster is following in his family’s footsteps after dominating the opening round of the HTM Ulster Motocross Championship at Desertmartin on Saturday.
Nine year-old Cole McCullough is the son of multiple Ulster and Irish champion Philip and is the nephew of Adam Lyons, who is also a former provincial and national champion, as well as being an ex-British and World Championships professional rider.
The Edwards Primary School pupil showed a level of maturity beyond his years at the weekend, following the instructions of his more illustrious family members to claim three wins out of three in the junior 65cc class.
To make his achievements even more impressive, Saturday was Cole’s first taste of competitive action since late August when be broke the tibia and fibula bones in his leg following an accident.
Fortunately there was no lasting damage and Cole proved himself to be as good as new on his Husqvarna machine as he dominated the field at Desertmartin under the supervision of his father and uncle, who were once the fiercest of rivals on the track, but who are now working together to help the latest motocrosser in the family.
“It was very, very wet, the conditions were tricky, it was tough going,” observed Cole’s proud uncle Adam. “But the wee man rode like a 19-year-old, he did exactly as we told him, rode tight lines, was the only rider not to fall off and he did what he had to do to win each race by over 30 seconds.”
Cole leads the Ulster standings by 11 points after round one and he will hope to continue his fine form in the Irish Championship and selected rounds of the British as his season unfolds.
Also competing at Desertmartin was Drumquin youngster, Bailey White, who was third overall in the 85cc class.