Successful Manx GP for local team

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HEDZUP racing have arrived back safely from the Manx Grand Prix at the Isle of Man.

The Hedzup team are led by racer Ian Pert who came out of retirement three years ago to start the project which benefits youngsters from Forfar Academy, Arbroath High School, Arbroath Academy and Carnoustie High School.

Ian, who raced throughout the nineties, leads sessions in which the youngsters work on the bikes, do talks for community groups, hold fund-raisers, write press releases and many more things which enable them to learn essential life skills.

Earlier this month, Ian took part in the Newcomers class at the Manx Grand Prix alongside nine pupils from the project who were part of his behind-the-scenes team.

He came 16th in his class of 24 and the whole team were thrilled with the result.

Ian said: “We took the bike that we bought on eBay for £300 which we had then stripped and rebuilt bit by bit over about six months.

“The Isle of Man is a strange place to ride, you know it’s dangerous and with 37 miles in each lap with fuel stops along the way it is quite a task.

“The boys got to stand on the tower of the starting line to watch, which no-one ever gets to do but they deserved it. They also got to meet the top riders while we were there and they had a great week.”

He added: “It was an incredible experience and the island people really took to the boys and there had been a lot of coverage about them on the radio and in the papers. By the time I reached the finish line it was really emotional.”