Sand racing champion Carl Streets has hung up his helmet from racing after seven years to pursue a working career at DS Smith Raleigh.
Carl, 17, from Manby, had always dreamt of becoming a professional rider when he started racing at the age of 10 and said deciding to hang up his race gear was ‘the hardest decision I have ever had to make.’
During his racing career at Mablethorpe Sand Racing Club, Carl bagged three championships and a countless number of first place victories.
Carl recalls his first memories of sand racing, when he got the nod of approval from a racing legend and how grateful he is by his family’s support over the years.
“I remember the very first bike my dad got me when I was ten, a Kavasaki KX 65,” he said.
“Me and my dad would always go to Mablethorpe and watch the racing and I knew it was something I wanted to do. So I started off racing in the 85cc class and it just spiralled off from there.
Carl also added: “It was a really sad moment telling my dad and grandad that I no longer wanted to race, as I felt my job was more important, but all my family have been so supportive with my decision and I am truly grateful to them.
“I always wanted to be a professional racer.
“I remember when TT rider Guy Martin had a young lad riding his bike once when I was racing and he saw me race across the finish line.
“Seeing Guy Martin clap for me and nod his head in approval, I was amazed! It’s a moment in my life I will always remember.”