A BIKER has vowed to continue chasing his dream on the track despite crashing out on a hairpin bend in his first road race.

Eddie Whitehurst, from Wilmslow, made his debut in the Aberdare Park event in mid-Wales after disappointment when the Oliver's Mount Barry Sheene classic was cancelled.

However, after being well positioned in the 600cc Park and Grand Welsh challenges during the two-day event, he lost his place in the finals when he came to grief on a hairpin bend and was forced to retire with his damaged 165mph Kawasaki.

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The Goostrey-born biker originally planned to retire this year unless he attracted more sponsorship but has been encouraged to carry on racing after generous donations from family and friends and his main sponsors Glandon Garage, North Wales, and Bollin Construction in Wilmslow.

His experience at Aberdare Park has given him the determination to press on next season to be first past the chequered flag.

Eddie Whitehurst


The tough tree-circuit is regarded as a stiff test for even the most experienced of riders with its narrow sections and steep bends.

Eddie has been a biker since he got his licence while at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School.

The 44-year-old builder, who is a member of North Gloucester Racing Club, has already repaired his powerful machine in preparation for his final race of this season with the club at the Pembrey circuit in Carmarthenshire.

"The race meeting Abderdare Park was a great experience for my first ever road event and with thousands of spectators to watch made it just a great meeting," said Eddie.

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Eddie Whitehurst has been a biker since he got his licence as a schoolboy

"I got two fourth places in each of my categories which was no mean feat considering I was up against some TT stars and the Honda racing team.

"Unfortunately, I crashed out on a hairpin in the final of the Welsh open as I tried a different approach to overtake and had to retire because of damage to the machine."

Eddie says he will be definitely taking part in the same event next year.

He has already ridden to victory on tracks like Brands Hatch, Snetterton and Donnington Park - winning the Streetstock Championship with North Gloucester Racing Club in 2014 and 2016.