RIDER NEWS: Parr’s season ends prematurely

Northumbria’s Gavin Parr has seen his season cut short by a few weeks, after finally getting a long awaited appointment for a back operation.

The Vikings captain has ridden in pain for the most part this season, but it hasn’t stopped him having his most successful season to date. Parr finished top of the Northern League averages with an impressive 3.88 average, which comes 25 years after finishing top in 1990 on 3.67, with the skipper winning 56 of his 64 races in the Northern League this year.

On top of his Northern League success, he was also crowned British Veterans champion at Kesgrave in August and came close to the World title, finishing in the silver medal position in Leicester a few weeks earlier. He won another gold and silver medal in the Northern League over 40s and Northern League Open respectively, and added a bronze medal in the veterans club championship with Northumbria.

Parr will now miss the Northumbria and Sheffield riders championships, which he said he’s disappointed to miss but is already looking forward to the 2016 campaign. Gavin said, “I should have been racing 2 more matches, Northumbria Riders Championships and Sheffield Riders Championships, where I was an Elite League rider for the last two seasons, on the 7th and 8th of November, but got my long awaited appointment for my back operation through yesterday. My operation is on Tuesday 3rd November, so basically my season has ended now.

“I would just like to thank FBI Racing, The Curiosity Box, Hexagon Design Services, ODFC Fitness and Northumbria Cycle Speedway Club for the excellent sponsorship, which helped allow me to travel to compete all season in many competitions.

“Hopefully this operation should see me racing pain free next season and I can see no reason why I cant better what I did this season.”

All the best for the operation Gavin from all at 33/18 News.