MOTOR SPORT: CREWE rider Aaron Tilley is gearing up for some high-octane thrills and spills.
The 33-year-old enjoyed a successful first season of competitive racing last year and now has his sights set on victory in the Formula 600 championship at Darley Moor.
'My aim is to win that championship but I will also be stepping up to compete in the National Derby Phoenix F600 Championships, which will include races at Oulton Park, Mallory Park and Cadwell Park,' said Aaron, of Albion Street.
'Testing has gone extremely well and I have spent a lot of time in the gym and on the enduro bike during the winter.' Aaron also has a new machine, a Kawasaki ZX6RR which ran in last year's British Supersports Championship.
He said: 'I raced on a Kawasaki last year and am looking forward to competing on the new bike. I was pleased with my first season's racing. I finished 2003 with a national ACU ranking of seventh, was runner-up in Darley Moor's 'Novice of the Year' stakes and was 'Best Novice' at Crewe and Nantwich Motorcycle Road Racing Club.
'Now I'm aiming to build on those experiences and improve further.'
He admits that the chance to take part in a new series is down to the support of sponsors.
'It's an expensive sport to take part in and the help and support of my sponsors is invaluable.
'I would like to thank Karl at K&O Motorcycles, Shaun Walley Body Repairs at Gorsty Hill Garage and MC Signs, who are all Crewe companies, along with UK Power Construction.'
Aaron's season gets the green light at Darley Moor on Sunday and his calendar will include a range of meetings before the final race at Ty Croes on October 17.
Fellow Crewe rider Stu Wilson is also in action this weekend. The 24-year-old begins his first full season in the British Superstock Championships at Silverstone.