Numbers were slightly down tonight probably because we are still in the main holiday period, but never the less those racing displayed just the same grit and determination as ever. Racing started with an Unknown Distance race resulting in a win for Jake White with sibling Zak White being the first B rider over the line.
The Flying 200 produced some interesting results which were certainly augmented by the accuracy of our electronic timing system. This time Zak White was fastest with 30.703 seconds yet only 1.065 seconds separated the top five riders with Brereton Wheelers rider Simon Orme taking third place with 31.483 seconds. These results were used to seed another event later in the evening; the Match Sprint.
After an Elimination race it was onto the Match Sprint with Jake White, Simon Orme and Paul Wright racing first. This resulted in a very close ending finish with Simon over the line first ahead of Paul by a mere one hundredth of a second. More excitement followed with Giulio Cervi, Grace Lister and Mahyar Abbott all starting slowly and watching each other intently but then Mahyar made a surprise break and couldn’t be caught. The final Match Sprint saw a win for Oliver Baker with Tom White second and George Dunne third.
There was another win for Mahyar Abbott in the Marymoor Crawl and then it was all down to the final event of the evening, the 22 Lap Handicap. Simon Orme led out the B group and it’s clear to see how these riders have improved over the season all working well with each other to hold off the A group. There were only three A riders in this final event and when Paul Wright had to pull out with a mechanical problem it left just Jake White and Giulio Cervi to share the work between them. They managed to catch the B group a lap before the Intermediate Sprint but Grace Lister and Tom White not going to give in claiming first and second place respectively. Jake White had to settle for third place. Needless to say Jake was first over the line at the end of the race with Grace taking another second and Oliver Baker third.
Blessed with summer warmth and sunshine the Freewheeler racing started with Win and Out. A and B groups raced together but their points were scored separately and there was also a staggered start. First rider over the line was B rider Oliver Ward who picked up maximum points (6) and then pulled out of the race. Nyla Fletcher also a B rider was over the line first on the second lap and pulled out with 5 points. By the time the third lap had finished A rider Ethan Stainke had taken the lead thus taking maximum points (6) for the A’s. After a very brief period of confusion and much encouragement from the coaches the other riders realised they had to keep going in order to pick up the points that were still on offer. Readers will find a full breakdown of points achieved on the Track League results page.
Skilful handicapping in the A Unknown Distance event made for a very exciting race with Henry Lewis powering round the track. He was eventually passed by Ethan Stainke and then Ray Lovell but still refused to give up with all three riders racing as hard as they could. Over the line it was Ethan first, Ray second and Henry third. The B race was even more exciting with Niamh Fletcher beating Oliver Ward on the line by the narrowest of margins. Third place went to Nyla Fletcher with Liam Spruce fourth.
After a brief rest while the Senior riders warmed up it was onto the final Freewheelers event, the Keirin, and it was Brian Handley who ‘volunteered’ to lead them out. In the B race it was Oliver Ward’s turn to take the win with Niamh Fletcher second, Liam Spruce third and Nyla Fletcher fourth. The A event produced the final excitement of the evening. Ethan Stainke went straight onto Brian’s wheel as the lead out started followed by Ray Lovell and then Henry Lewis. After Brian pulled off all three raced furiously round the track with Ethan in the lead then at the sprint on the line Ray managed to take the win with less than half a wheel in it! The Freewheeler racing continues to provide much entertainment for the spectators and tonight was no exception.