Seven-year-old Sooke boy places 1st in motocross race

Jacob Gillie has been dirt biking since he was four and just recently began competing in motocross

Dawn Gibson

Sooke News Mirror

Jacob Gillie had a great time competing in a Westshore Motocross Series Race Event in Langford on Sunday.

Gillie, 7, has been dirt biking since he was four years old and recently began competing in motocross.

Carly Gillie, Gillie’s mother, said she was proud of her son’s accomplishments at the races, and explained that he already has a strong passion for the sport.

”Racing means a lot to him, it’s something he loves doing,” said Carly Gillie. “He’s always counting down the days until his next race. It’s a fun activity for him.”

Gillie placed first in the beginner class against kids ages six to eight and placed fifth in the KTM 50 cc class against kids ages seven to 10. There were approximately seven kids competing in the first race, and 12 competing in the second.

“It’s a lot of fun, a little scary, but also very exciting watching him race,” said Carly Gillie.

The racing events happen approximately once a month, and this was the second race Gillie had ever competed in.

He explained that he wants to stick with it, and has already participated in a racing camp at Western Speedway.

“Racing is lots of fun, I like winning and hitting jumps,” said Gillie.

“I want to learn how to do flips once I’m older.”