Dan and Jack Peace launch attack on British and European championships

Kirkbymoorside teenager Dan Peace, who won rounds in both the national and European youth trial biking championships

Kirkbymoorside teenager Dan Peace, who won rounds in both the national and European youth trial biking championships

First published in Sport

KIRKBYMOORSIDE trials riders Dan and Jack Peace are gunning for glory at home and abroad - having launched a spirited attack on British and European Youth Championships.

Backed by JST Gas Gas UK, Mots and Novogar, 15-year-old Dan, a pupil at Ryedale School, has claimed two terrific triumphs at under-17s level.

He firstly rode to a confidence-boosting win at the opening British round in Devon.

Adapting well to the muddy banks, rocks and slippy climbs, he pulled out a convincing lead on the first two laps and ultimately won by 25 marks to take maximum championship points.

In the under-16s, younger brother Jack missed out on victory by one mark, behind Cornwall's Toby Martyn.

Jack fought back into contention after a disappointing first lap of 22 marks to fire in two consistent laps of eight to nick the runners-up berth.

The Peace family then travelled to Italy for their opening European round.

In different conditions - hot, dry and dusty - they faced huge slippery rocks of two laps of 12 long sections on a five-kilometre loop.

Dan produced a stunning first lap score of just four marks lost to lead his nearest challenger, Frenchman Pierre Sauvage, by 11. He failed sections five and seven on lap two to see his lead cut to two marks - but he produced an incredible ride to clean the remaining five sections to hold onto victory.

Jack finished eighth overall, hindered by having to ride early.

The Peace brothers' next Euro trip is to Poland for the next round.

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