Daniel Ingham fulfilled his ambition of riding on the Isle of Man - topping off his celebrations by claiming a trophy.
The Melton rider competed in this year’s Manx GP, the event for amateurs held over the famous 37-plus circuit - complete with more than 230 corners - which is also home for the Isle of Man TT.
In February Daniel attended the Mike Hailwood newcomers weekend where he and other riders were taken around the course in cars on open roads by professional TT racers to learn the circuit, eventually being one of the 44 new riders accepted to compete from around 80 applicants.
Between the end of August and into this month he took to the course on his Honda RVF NC35 400cc, taking part in the Newcomers B race and the lightweight race.
First up was the Newcomers B race which took place over four laps.
Unfortunately, Daniel had to retire from the race on the final lap at Sulby straight due to a flat battery whilst in fifth.
The Lightweight race also took place over four laps (150.92 miles), where he finished a remarkable fifth place from the 30 starters with a total time of 1 hr 29 mins and 38 secs. His best lap of 102.856mph (ave) and a 101.021mph average race speed and won Daniel the best placed newcomer trophy.
“It was the best and the hardest two-and-a-half weeks of my life, mentally and physically,” he said.
“All the hard work and preparation had paid off.
“I couldn’t have done it without all the help and support from friends, family and sponsors.
“Without all these people I couldn’t have achieved my dream.
“I am planning on returning to the 2017 Manx GP races aboard my Honda 400cc and a classic 750cc.”
Daniel was gripped by Isle of Man fever after first visiting the island in 2007 for the TT.
After gaining his national licence he stopped racing on tracks and took to the roads riding at such places like Aberdare Park Road Race and Oliver’s Mount.
He returned to the island to watch the TT in 2013 and the GP in 2015.