Just two weeks more meetings after tonight before the end of this season’s Track League and the racing remains as competitive as ever. The first event was a 12 Lap Scratch with A and B racing together. Despite considerable efforts by Hayden Norris (Lichfield City Cycling Club) it was Matty Lewis over the line first just ahead of Jake White with Hayden having to settle for third. First B rider over the line was Zak White with Grace Lister second and Mahyar Abbott third.
A series of individual Standing Laps saw Hayden Norris make the fastest time of 32.71 seconds, Matty Lewis second with 34.47 seconds and Jake White third with 34.75 seconds. Fastest B rider was Mahyar Abbott with 35.14 seconds, second Zak White with 35.32 seconds and Grace Lister was third with 38.01 seconds.
The B Points event saw Mahyar Abbott taking the first two sprints before easing off towards the end of the race. There were also some good efforts from Paul Smith. Paul has only recently joined the Wheelers and this was his first time racing in the League. At the end of the race it was Zak White over the line first followed by Tom White and Grace Lister. Another Lichfield rider, Jacob Gilkes took a well deserved fourth place. The A event resulted in a win for Matty Lewis with Jake White second and Giulio Cervi third.
The next event was a series of Match Sprints, three riders per sprint with positions seeded from the Standing Lap. The race featuring the three fastest riders saw Hayden Norris taking the win with Jake White second and Matty Lewis third. A full list of the other sprints can be found in the results. And then it was on to the final event of the evening; the 22 Lap Handicap. The B riders set off strongly but despite this they were caught two laps before the Intermediate Sprint. Hayden Norris took this but B riders Zak White and Mahyar Abbott still managed second and third places respectively. With six laps to go the strong trio of Matty Lewis, Seb Bacon and Giulio Cervi took over the race and with two laps to go Matty Lewis pulled away from the whole field to take the final win.
In the two weeks remaining of the League it is difficult to see how the leading riders in the two categories can be beaten: Grace Lister leads Senior B with a margin of more than 100 points and Matty Lewis has almost 60 points more than his nearest rival. However the differences between the other riders is far closer and there is still everything to play for. Watch this space!
First race up tonight was an Elimination event with all Senior riders racing together. First A rider over the line at the end of the race was Matty Lewis followed by Jake White and then Giulio Cervi. Grace Lister took the first B rider place with Zak White second and Oliver Baker third.
Riders separated for the next two sets of races: 3 Lap Dash and Points. In the B Dash Mahyar Abbott made his move too soon on the last lap and was overhauled by the field with Zak White taking the win just ahead of Grace Lister and Simon Orme (Brereton Wheelers). The A event provided more excitement for the crowd with Lichfield City Cycling Club rider Hayden Norris taking the win just ahead of Matty Lewis with Seb Bacon third. The B Points race saw Oliver Baker and Grace Lister well ahead of the rest of the field carving up the maximum points together with Grace over the line first at the end of the race and Oliver second. Matty Lewis eventually took over the A Points race and it was Seb Bacon second over the line and Giulio Cervi third at the end of the race.
What proved to be the final event of the evening was the Marymoor Crawl and here Matty Lewis once again illustrated both his skill and strength; waiting on the line for the whistle and then he was off. There was a challenge, however, in the form of Simon Orme who took a well deserved second place just 0.03 seconds behind Matty with Zak White third. Just as the race was ending the expected rain came down cheating the riders and the crowd of the traditional Handicap race which usually concludes the evening. However this was the only race lost to the weather this season so not too bad an outcome after all!
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.