A teenager who took up banger racing in a bid to beat his behaviour problems is on to a winner.
Dean Pratt, 17, has battled a type of autism called Asperger's syndrome to find success behind the wheel.
As a 15-year old Dean spent six months secretly joyriding in his parent's car in the early hours.
His parents Patrick and Shannon only discovered what he had been doing when he crashed.
Dean's psychologist told his parents to encourage his interest in cars in an attempt to curb his anti-social behaviour.
He took up banger racing in 2008 and left his first ever `Rookie Rods' meeting at Buxton clutching the winner's trophy.
Dean, of Firgrove, Rochdale, finished second in two qualifying heats but won the final.
He was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome aged 14 after years of bad behaviour. The condition means he has difficulty communicating.
Dean's father, Pa
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