Allan drives to Queensland win
GYMPIE’S Peter-Daniel Allan has claimed the Queensland Enduro Championship despite competing in the sport seriously for only a year.
Allan, 14, clinched the three-round series in Warwick a fortnight ago with a win in the final round marred by wet weather.
A humble Allan said the series’ win “came as a surprise”.
“I’ve only been racing full time for a year so this result is a bit of a surprise, but I’m happy with how I went.”
Proud father Peter (senior) said his son’s achievements were remarkable. “He raced once last year to see if he liked the sport,” he said. “This year he has raced full time and decided to commit to the series, so to come away and win the Queensland series is a big result.”
Peter-Daniel first started to ride bikes at the age of five, tearing around his family’s property fearlessly.
Back then, despite being so young, glimpses of his natural ability on the bike were evident to his parents.
The Gympie rider flirted briefly with competitive BMX riding before turning his attention to motorbikes.
“He is good at sport in general, but we really noticed his bike-riding skills early on,” Peter (senior) said.
The path to success in the Queensland Enduro Championships began with victory in the opening round at Goomburra.
Peter-Daniel opened his account with a second placing, overcoming a daunting succession of setbacks.
After being hit with a time penalty, the Gympie competitor suffered a broken chain before, then a destroyed tyre.
“I’ve been involved with bikes for most of my life and I’ve never seen a destroyed tyre like this,” Peter (senior) said.
Peter-Daniel limped to the finish line on the badly damaged tyre, yet still held a 30-second lead over third place. He blitzed the field in the second round at Mackay, before backing the result up in Warwick a fortnight ago, to win the series.
Plans are now in place to step up a class and tackle Australian titles.
Peter-Daniel thanked Gympie Motorcycle Club’s Jacqui Beattie for her support, and head of Queensland Enduro Racing Stan Jorgenson.