Jake takes out Dirt Action series

Jake Greenhalgh has claimed two titles in his first Dirt Action Amcross series. Photos supplied.
Jake Greenhalgh has claimed two titles in his first Dirt Action Amcross series. Photos supplied.

Fifteen-year-old Jake Greenhalgh has taken out two Amcross titles in the six-round Dirt Action series.

The Eugowra rider and Red Bend Catholic College student has travelled as far afield as Appin and Cooma over the season to compete in the six-round series, and he's come up trumps.

Jake took out both the 125cc two-stroke and 250cc four-stroke categories in the competition, which drew hundreds of riders from across the country.

Amcross sees riders tackle a course mapped out on natural terrain, rather than the landscaped jumps of motocross or the flat track of dirt bike racing, so each track is different.

The Dirt Action series attracted anywhere from 500 to 700 riders are each meeting and each race has a 40-gate start.

Getting out fast is key: it's pretty tough if you're not amongst the leaders going into the first turn.

Each day starts with a practice round, and as the competition progresses the fastest qualifiers get first choice of starting gate each time.

Competing in the 13 to 15 years, Jake led in both categories going into the final weekend of competition and didn't disappoint in the final two days of racing.

He claimed both titles with a solid lead on points at the end of the series, despite a fall in the final round of the 250cc.

The Dirt Action titles, Jake's first entry into the natural terrain racing, cap a busy season for Jake whose main competitive interest is in motocross.

He's been competing in that discipline for about six years now, also testing himself in supercross.

This season Jake tackled the East Coast motocross series, competing against riders from all over NSW and Queensland on tracks from Appin to Dubbo and Port Macquarie.

Jake claimed second in the 125cc, and sixth in the 250cc in his first season on the bigger bike.

October also saw team Greenhalgh travel to South Australia for six big days of racing in the Australian titles.

The extremely competitive meet attracted riders from all over Australia and New Zealand, again with a 40-gate start on each race.

Jake made a strong start to his 125cc campaign, but a mechanical failure took him out of racing on the Wednesday in that class.

He finished the 250cc in 14th place from a final field of 40.