Typhoon Tyson to take on the world

LAST week it was Victoria. Later this year it will be the world.

Tyson Nelson’s pursuit of an international speedway crown is on course after the Grafton youngster clinched a spot at the World Under-21 Titles last weekend.

The 16-year-old, riding against 15 other hopefuls – including 2009 under-21 victor Darcy Ward and Europe Elite League’s Josh Auty – needed to finish top-four at the Australian Solo Speedway event at Mildura to qualify for the World Championships.

After a fall resulted in his exclusion from one of the five heats, effectively costing Nelson a place in the A-grade finals, he recovered to seal a shot at a global crown via the B-grade decider.

He finished fourth among the Australians in the event – just good enough to qualify.

“I went there to win. I was pretty happy because that’s what it is all about,” Nelson said.

“I did train a lot for this so it was good.

“And I beat a few of them (opponents) in the heats.”

April’s under-21 World Titles will involve three rounds in Latvia, Germany and Sweden before a September showpiece in Czechoslovakia.

But first Nelson will make a trip across the ditch today for an eight-week event in New Zealand before linking with a European club to acclimatise for the challenge ahead.

All of this is simply to ‘to get to the top’.

“I just want to make a career out of speedway,” Nelson said.

“I want to be world champion. I always wanted to be.

“There are a few things I need to improve on. I’ll be working on that over there in New Zealand.”

Nelson is under the guidance of Maclean’s international speedway legend Mitch Shirra and together the duo has blueprinted a plan to reach speedway’s summit.

“I’d like to be under-21 champion in two or three years,” Nelson said.

“But then after that I’d like to be GP world champion.”

Only financial restraints are holding the young star back.

To help Nelson reach his World Under-21 Title dream, contact 6644 5100 to sponsor.

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