HIGHWORTH racer Lewis Barnes is looking for help to continue his extremely promising motorcycling career.

The 16-year-old is currently studying at Swindon College, but his real love is racing his Kawasaki ZXR 400 with Thundersport GB and he has enjoyed great success this season.

In the four rounds completed so far, with each including four races, Barnes has claimed five victories, nine second and a third, as well as breaking several lap records in events televised by Motors TV.

Now Barnes is holding a fundraiser at the King & Queen in Highworth on June 29 in a bid to raise money for this season, with a barbecue, meat raffle, prize raffle and music on the day which begins at noon.

Prizes on offer during the fundraiser include a pair of tickets to watch the filming of Top Gear, various restaurant, flower and hair vouchers and MOTs. Tickets cost £1 each or £5 a strip.

Barnes has been a regular on a bike since the age of 12, when he began on a Minimoto and raced with the National Pocket-bike Series.

The following year he rode a Metrakit Mini GP50 with Fab-Racing and finished 4th in the championship, getting onto the podium on a regular basis.

Throughout 2013 Barnes raced an Aprilia RS125 in the Aprilia Superteen Challenge, again with Thundersport GB and, despite suffering engine issues in all but one of the rounds, managed to secure an impressive podium position at Anglesey.

Barnes will this year be race his Kawasaki ZXR 400 but has visions of stepping up to practice on a 600 later in the season.