Fryup’s Nikita Smith has just taken the British Ladies B Class Championship for the second year running.
Over a long, hard season, Nikita (13) has fought off the challenge from the likes of the fast-improving Simone Wallis and Hannah Richardson plus many others in her class.
The first round at Cheadle gave her a confidence-boosting win to kick-start her campaign and settle any butterflies.
The second round was run on Nikita’s home turf of Scarborough.
But with home advantage comes more pressure to perform, but Nikita held her nerve for another win.
For the third round, it was back to Lincoln for her third victory on the trot, before the long tiring journey to South Shropshire.
The whole family was tired, but Nikita dug deep to maintain that all-important winning streak.
Then followed a trip to Matlock, Derbyshire and for the first time in the season, Nikita started badly and had to come from behind to take the win.
With two rounds left, Nikita knew a win at Yeadon and Guiseley Club’s sixth round the crown will be hers.
She endured a tough day, but came through it superbly to clinch the win and the coveted British Crown with one round to spare.
Beating off tough opposition two years running in the tough atmosphere of the British Championship is a great achievement.
For the last round at Richmond, Nikita will move up to A class to gain experience as this is where the expert class riders compete.
Even though Nikita has another year left in B class she will move up to contest the higher – and harder – class.
Nikita has also tried to do the Youth Nationals, but as they clash with the girls’ nationals, we have had to miss a few, but there is still two left.
With all this mind, we are travelling to Germany and Czech Repubic for the European and World rounds.
The Germany, European round takes place on Saturday 20 August and Sunday 21 is a world round, then the following weekend we travel to Czech Republic to do the same again.
Her mum Sally Ann said: “Even though Nikita is still only 13 years old, she is always pushing herself to succeed and achieve the best.
“Her dream is to be world champion one day, but she knows she cannot achieve her aim with out her sponsors, which we, as a family are so grateful for.
“As her parents, we could not be any prouder of her and would like to thank all those involved with Nikita - Jst Gas Gas, Ice Water Valley, Putoline Oils, M&D mini coaches and Wulfsport.
Nikita added: “I would like to thank all my family, friends, also Eskdale School and Whitby Community College which I have just started.”