THOMAS Whitwam won the first round of the British Youth and Junior League Northern Round at Astley and Tyldesley on Saturday.

Last year’s British national runner up moved up to the under 12s for the campaign and the 10-year-old won all four heats to qualify for the A final.

In the final, the Astley-based rider blasted out of the gates controlling the race from the first corner to win the round.