A DRAG racer who travels at up to 200mph finished his season with a win.

Dave Peters, of Ulverston, beat Tony Clark in the final round of the STP National Finals.

He said: "I've got a great team of friends and family who support me. It's not just me, it's about the whole team."

On his way to the finish line he travelled a quarter of a mile in just 7.44 seconds, reaching 185mph.

"Every now and again it gets a bit dicey. You’ve got to be straight, if you start to lose power the bike will veer off and you can’t steer, you have to move your body weight to change direction.

"It's easy to lose track."

Despite winning this round, he finished third overall in the championship.

The season starts in Easter and lasts six rounds, culminating in September. Each event is a series of head-to-head knockout races preceded by a qualifying event.

Mr Peters counts himself a bit unlucky this season, as the parts for his bike all have to be shipped from America. Any mechanical failure could spell the end of his season if he can't get a replacement.

He explained: "We had a few mechanical issues early on in the year, mostly around the ignition, so we've had to get one shipped and it's taken forever. It's only just been fitted."

The events all take place at the Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

Next year he's hoping to move up a racing class, to a bike which can achieve almost 300mph.

He said: "It's early days, but I'm working with Keith Edwards [of Keith Edwards Motors Ltd, Ulverston] to get a bike built in the '90s.

"It's properly fast. It's been to America, France, the Czech Republic, and now we want to bring it here.

"It can travel a quarter of a mile in 5.5 seconds."