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Teen racer has eye on the prize

25 November, 2014
James Shanes, a young racer sponsored by Specsavers Poole, proudly shows his achievements
James Shanes proudly shows his motor-racing trophies

A budding motorcyclist has become the British Under 21 Grasstracks Champion this year with the help of Specsavers in Poole.

A season's worth of contact lenses

The store donated a season’s worth of contact lenses and new glasses to 17-year-old James Shanes, who lives in Puddletown, Dorset, so that he could continue racing comfortably and to his best ability.

James says: ‘I’m so grateful to Specsavers in Poole for this sponsorship, as I’ve struggled before with my vision while doing the sport I love.

‘I’ve made my way up in the world of motorcycle racing and am determined to carry on and become a champion. I’m short-sighted and glasses aren’t practical while racing, so I’m delighted to have a season’s worth of contact lenses to be able to continue my racing career.’

A number of victories

James has been racing grasstrack from the age of six and has celebrated a number of victories, including becoming the British Under 21 Grasstrack Champion this year and also placing fourth in the British Masters Championship, the UK’s premier grasstrack event. He is also a member of the Devon Demons, part of the Plymouth Devils Speedway Team which is a premier racing team into their 4th year of premier league racing.

Store director at Specsavers in Poole, Tim Bennett, said: ‘We’re extremely proud to be sponsoring James and helping him to be able to set his sights on further victories.

‘His achievements have been extremely impressive and he’s come so far as such a young contender. It’s important that he has clear vision whilst racing and our contact lenses are perfect for this. We wish him all the best on his Speedway journey.’

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