Ahmed Byram (right) was spurred to take to the racetrack by watching his father (centre) on the track
Teenage off-road racer Ahmed Byram is proving that he can fight the odds to reach his goals.
Byram, 15, has been riding an off-road motorcycle since the age of four and has built up a sizeable following after winning at the Nitro Tyre Motorsport World Series in Mexico last summer.
His father worked as a TV camera operator on race programmes in Germany so Byram spent a lot of time at the track watching his father.
“I just learnt to ride in the motorhome at the races and for the first time I ever watched my dad race. I felt it was my responsibility to learn how to race at the same time, it was quite natural,” Byram told BBC Sport.
“I would also help at school as we had a very small group of boys in the same year, and we would sit at the back waiting for our parents to come home from school to work so we could practice.
“I always wanted to be like my dad. I went to his first race when I was three, and from then on it was in my head that I wanted to do it too.”
Byram now sponsors himself for the off-road season after a bid to sign up for a corporate team was unsuccessful.
Ahmed Byram holds a two-month gruelling off-road racing series across the UK this winter
He held off attempts by BBC Radio 5 live’s Formula 1 presenter Jake Humphrey to join him for the trip across the UK for the KMR series.
“My father didn’t ever want me to do F1 – I was too young – but I have to follow my dream now,” he added.
Byram will be racing for the Toyo Tires machine in the British off-road series at early this winter and says he is keeping his focus with one eye on the F1 calendar.
“I always aim for the better of a competitive season, but I really can’t work too far ahead of myself, I will just get through the season and then I will see what comes after that.”
But the prospect of a decision regarding his future before the end of the year is far from daunting for Byram.
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“I honestly haven’t thought about whether I want to be a professional motorcyclist or not, it is something that I will always do,” he added.
“I am happy just being there for my dad at every race, but if he decided that it is not for him then I know that I will find something else to do.”
And Byram says he will also follow in the footsteps of his dad, who recently returned to the track following an injury.
“I am here to support him, and it is really fun, I still get starstruck seeing some of the older racers, but I have got used to it, I am becoming more used to it.”