Zack defies gravity in bid for stardom

Zack Leader with his modified BMX racer

Zack Leader with his modified BMX racer

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Zack Leader is a boy racer with a difference - instead of relying on horsepower, the 14-year-old gets his energy from gravity.

Zack, from Wragby, took up the extreme sport of gravity bike racing last year and competed in his first race, finishing a respectable ninth out of 12 racers despite having just six weeks to prepare.

Zack said: “I’ve wanted to race motorbikes since I was about 9 and I knew there was a local event for gravity racing at Belchford..”

Zack, a pupil at Market Rasen’s De Aston School, then converted his younger brother’s BMX bike into one suitable for gravity racing by taking off its pedals, chains and lowering the handlebars - modified bikes can reach speeds of up to 50mph.

“My brother wasn’t too pleased that we’d modified his bike, but he warmed to the idea,” Zack said.

He then took seventh place at the Worlaby Downhill Challenge in July and has set up his own team - Blue Dream Onit Racing.

Plans for next year are already in full swing.

Blue Dream Onit Racing are planning on entering races at Lincoln Arboretum and Worlaby in 2014.

Zack cites British Superbike Champion Alex Lowes as one of his inspirations and has a keen interest in racing motorbikes for when he gets older.

“I need to thank my mum for all her help as well,” Zack continued.

For more information on Zack and his team visit bluedreamonitracing.co.nr or search for Blue Dream Onit Racing on Facebook.