MATCH REPORT: Sun shines on busy Ross Mee event
The sun finally shone and the season got underway in the Midlands with Leicester holding the Spring Championships. Nearly 70 riders contested the 6 categories.
In the U9s, Liam Wells took the win ahead of a very determined Jude Wilcockson and Dominic Price. Newcomer Yoanna Gilpin was very impressive in taking fourth place. In the U12s Kyle Wells, Connor Steel and Logan Perkins all scored 15pts in the heats and after Connor moved at the start it was Kyle who took the win ahead of Logan and Josh Dytor.
In the U16s, World U16 number 3, Fraser Garnett, rode to a faultless 20pts maximum, with a run-off being needed to sort the minor places which finished Cameron Gill, Jimmy Wassell and Josh Whetton, with Maicie Schmidt taking a well deserved 5th place.
Lucy Whitehead took the Womens using all her track craft to keep ahead of Maicie when they met to score 16pts. Maicie took second, with Michelle Whitehead beating Laura Watson in a run off for third.
In the Vets, Mark Winwood was able to settle for second place in his last race to take the win on 15pts one ahead of Craig Marchant and Dave Hemsley, who decided four races were enough and shared second place.
For this early in the year there was plenty of action, and a few spills in the Open. The decisive heat was heat 12 where Scott Milward seemed to be handing Paul Heard his first defeat, until Tom Bewick came from nowhere to take Scott out, and whilst he got back ahead of Tom, Paul had meantime taken his opportunity and the win.
A last race second was all he needed for 19pts and the victory ahead of Chris Timms on 18pts and Chris Jewkes on 17pts. It was good to see former Monarchs favourite Lucasz Nowacki back at Slater Street but a last in his first race meant he had to settle for a share of fourth place with an impressive Ewan Hancox.
Photo by Mark Savage.