NEWS: Coventry riders take triple silver
Coventry Cycle Speedway riders were in fine form last weekend in a succession of major individual events around the country – with no fewer than three riders racing to excellent podium finishes.
Racing at Wolverhampton last Saturday in the East Park Junior Championship, Coventry`s home grown starlet Dan Drewett posted his best individual performance to date by taking the silver medal.
The 18 year old, who has really blossomed this year, has added a new aggression and tactical awareness to his racing this term. Drewett, whose parents Andy and Sharron are key officials of the Coventry club, is set to become one of the first names on the Coventry team sheet should they gain promotion to the Elite League next year.
In the prestigious Laurels Championships at Poole, Dorset, last Sunday, Coventry`s growing national emergence was confirmed by having a string of club representatives in the various girls, junior, youth and open classifications.
Coventry`s Australian Test match star Bobby McMillan underlined his recent improved showings by rocketing from the tapes to win his opening race. He then consolidated his position in the all-star field by finishing on 16 points to tie for second place with Hull`s British champion Andy Angell.
In the resulting dramatic run-off, McMillan, from the unfavourable outside starting position, soon drew level with Angell, before powering through to take the chequered flag and a second place podium finish.
There was more success for Coventry in the supporting Laurels Junior Championship. Mason Phillips, who has gained from training with McMillan at Hearsall Common, amassed 14 points to jointly lead in the clubhouse for first place.
Unluckily, Phillips drew the outside starting gate in the tie-breaker for the title. He chased down his Ipswich opponent for four laps but was unable to find an opening. However, Phillips can be very satisfied with this showing – his best ever performance in the national arena.
Coventry stage their next home fixture at Hearsall Common this Tuesday evening (2nd June), with round 4 of the Coventry Junior League taking centre stage, with junior teams from Coventry, Brandon Bees, Leicester and Birmingham competing over 20 heats. Racing commences at 7.15pm.
Newly formed Brandon Bees are next in home action on Tuesday evening 16th June, when they tackle Birmingham in the Midland League division 2 at Brandon Road Playing Fields.
For more information on Brandon Bees Cycle Speedway club, please ring: 07400 993999.
For more information on Coventry Cycle Speedway Club, including on how to get involved, you can visit www.coventrycyclespeedway.co.uk or follow the club on Twitter using @CoventryCSC.