He may only be six, but one Oxford two-wheel speed demon is already a two-time champion.
Franky-Ray Le Lievre rode his way to the Canterbury pee wee (under eight years) solo bike championship at Moore Park Speedway on Sunday. And for this pint-sized pocket rocket that's another step in his quest to become world champion.
His win on the weekend was in defence of the title he won last year; but the 2012 victory was a hollow one for Franky, with no other riders racing against him.
This year, he was determined to finish on top of the four-strong pack.
Franky was racing his 50cc bike but two of the older riders he defeated were racing 70cc machines. Contested over four heats, he claimed a hatrick of race wins to ride away with the championship.
Franky has been on a motorbike since he was five. His father Raymond is a drag racer, so his mother Jackie says Franky has always had a need for speed.
"We went out to watch one day and he told us that he could do that. It's just gone from there - he's been obsessed with the sport ever since.
"He eats, lives and breathes speedway."
A practice track for him is set up in the Le Lievre's backyard and he watches DVDs of racing from the United Kingdom, sent out along with posters.
The sport has a high profile in the northern hemisphere and Franky knows all the prominent riders.
He is also well aware who signs his championship certificates at Moore Park Speedway.
Ronnie Moore MBE is a two-time world and four-time New Zealand champion, who still lives in Canterbury.
"He knows exactly who Ronnie is and what he has achieved.
"Then again, he can tell you how many world titles Ivan Mauger won - he knows the lot."
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