MOTOR SPORT: IN the spring the Chronicle featured Dave Mitchell, a 38-year-old newcomer to motorcycle racing.
Actually, it was his second attempt at the sport. He tried it 14 years ago and decided he was no good.
Now he has found he ain't so bad and is determined to claim enough points to shed the orange novice jacket.
Mitchell, of Chester Road, Winsford, rides for the Chesterfield-based RSR team on a 125 Honda production version of the 1995 factory bike. A top-six place in the East Midlands Championship and first novice are his aims this season.
He recently made his debut at Oulton Park in the Honda Superclub Championship and takes over the story himself...
'As you can see from the photo-graph, a couple of trophies does put a big smile on my face.
'Even though my bike was the oldest in the 125 race and is also due for an engine rebuild, I really only expected to get a signature towards my full club licence, but it all turned out fine - so good in fact, they were my best results so far.
'Race One, the 125 GP Racing class, saw me get a sixth overall, and the first novice to cross the stripe, and I knocked two seconds off my practice time.
'The next race was the second leg. The pace was steady and I tried to save the engine - temperature was running a little bit too high. I did enough to finish seventh and first novice.
'These two race results gave me the trophy for best 125 GP novice of the day.
'My final race was the Novice & Intermediate, open to all novice licence holders on bikes from 125 to 1000cc and split into two groups. I had to start from the very back of the grid. My fault, because I was a late entry.
'Last off the grid into the first corner and I had to battle with a 400cc Honda - and the battle lasted every lap. I beat him by less than one tenth of a second, giving me my second trophy of the day, this time for runner-up in the 125 to 500cc Novice Class, plus the fastest 125 lap of the race.
'Brilliant! It really does seem to get better every time I go to the track. This was my first visit to Oulton Park as a road racer and I love the circuit, even though it is one of the most technically difficult to learn in England.
'My next meeting is back at Mallory Park on August 25 for round five of the EMRA Championship. Can't wait.'