CRAIG Beggs faces a tough decision after a superb season in the National Superstock Cup.
The 23-year-old, from Wistaston, completed an excellent debut season in the event at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
Although he came in a disappointing 14th at the weekend after being shunted off the track he finished fifth in the overall standings with 129 points, claimed three podiums and only failed to score in two rounds.
Now Craig has to decide whether to compete in the Cup again next year, or make the step up National Superstock Championship.
He said: 'Although I still feel disappointed about what happened at Brands Hatch, I have to look back and be happy with what was a great season for me.
'I'd have bit your hand off for fifth at the start of the season and although I feel I might have done even better, I can't complain.
'But now I'll take the opportunity to have a rest and decide what I want to do next. It is a question of whether it is worth staying in this competition to gain experience, or make the step up.
'My times are already similar to many of those who race in the Championship, but I would be finishing further down the field. I'll have to let the authorities know by December.'
Although consistent throughout, it was a purple patch in mid season which propelled the Bentley Motors engineer to the fore of the rankings.
He notched second and third place finishes at Knockhill, and followed up with another third at Oulton Park, placing him third overall with second place in sight.
But his momentum trailed off a little, allowing eventual winner Bob Collins, and Martin Buckles, Kenny Gilbertson and Darren Fry to get away from him.
Sunday's final summed Craig's luck of late. After qualifying ninth, he was up to third at one stage before being clipped at a corner and careering off. He stayed on his Yamaha R1, but was out of contention for top points.
Craig would like to thank sponsors FreestyleExtreme, Neil Beckett Racing, EnviroStrip UK Ltd, Two Wheel Tyres and Beta Graphix for their support in the past season.