High flying Luke McShane has made a remarkable start in the sport of grass track racing.
In just his first year in the 50cc class the nine year old has been crowned the World Grass Track Champion.
And all this despite having been diagnosed with a chronic bowel and kidney disorder when he was just four and a half years old.
“He didn’t used to be into motocross,” said his mother Jade. “We thought his sister would take to it. All the gear was sitting around and one day Luke said he would like to try that.
“We took him to a race on a Saturday morning and he asked go back the following week.”
Since then, as a member of MCCNI, the King’s Park Primary School pupil has gone from strength to strength, winning trophies galore and in August came the crowning glory when he became world champion.
That was in Cork where he won all six races, lapping everyone except one rider who came second in one of the races.
Travelling the length and breadth of the country his father Simon and uncle Keith are the driving force behind his racing.
But the life-debilitating illness can cause him pain and often makes him throw up.
It can make things difficult for him. Before one championship race he was throwing up but still went ahead with the event.
“He was very ill on the Friday before the race and I told him he could take the Friday off. But he said if he was too sick for school then he was too sick to go racing on Saturday,” said Jade.
“We were 15 minutes late for school waiting in him being sick.”
And in the future Luke will be chasing even more success when he moves into the 65cc class.