MATCH REPORT: Manchester Grand Prix Round 5

Report by Mike Hack

Photos supplied by Alan Taylor

Bury was the venue for Round 5 of the Manchester Individual Grand Prix series on Sunday. On a glorious, sunny afternoon, 19 riders turned out in the meeting.

Astley & Tyldesley’s Duncan Whalley raced to a 16 points maximum in the u-13s match. He pulled off fine passes over Bury’s Tom Dunphy and Sheffield’s Oliver Banyard to win heat 1, then twice finished ahead of team mate Frank White. This puts Duncan and Tom as joint leaders of the series. Just four riders contested the Junior event, as Harry Radford, of Bury, raced to a maximum score, to clinch the overall series win. A&T’s Reece Pollitt raced to a 16 points maximum in the Senior match, to extend his series lead to 14 points. Five riders were in close contention with each other, all finishing on either 12 or 13 points.

Manchester Individual Grand Prix Round 5 results

U-13s: Duncan Whalley (A&T) 16, Tom Dunphy (Bury) 15, Frank White (A&T) 14, Oliver Banyard (Sheffield) 13, Lucy Grantham (A&T) 12, Harriet Belt (A&T) 9, Oscar Belt (A&T) 9, Myles Grantham (A&T) 8, Sam Dunphy (Bury) 8, Bobby Dunphy (Bury) 7.

Referee – Matthew Turnbull.

A&T’s Duncan Whalley (r) leads team mate Frank White (l), ahead of Bury’s Sam Dunphy and A&T’s Myles Grantham, in the u-13s match

Junior: Harry Radford (Bury) 16, John White (A&T) 11, Tom Morrissey (A&T) 9, Frank White (A&T) 4.

Referee – Matthew Turnbull.

Bury’s Harry Radford leads A&T pair of John White and Tom Morrissey in the Junior match.

Senior: Reece Pollitt (A&T) 16, John White (A&T) 13, Tom Morrissey (A&T) 13, Kyle Holland (Sheffield) 13, Mark Grantham (A&T) 12, Eryk Motala (Bury) 12, Mark Radford (Bury) 10, Steve Mann (Bury) 9.

Referee – Matthew Turnbull.

From the gate in the Senior match, l-r, Mark Grantham (A&T), Steve Mann (Bury), Eryk Motala (Bury), Reece Pollitt (A&T).

Leading Series Scorers

U-13s: Tom Dunphy (Bury) 73, Duncan Whalley (A&T) 73, Oliver Banyard (Sheffield) 52, Oscar Belt (A&T) 44, Bobby Dunphy (Bury) 44.

Junior: Harry Radford (Bury) 78, Tom Morrissey (A&T) 47, Kielan Burton (Sheffield) 41, Emily Burgess (A&T) 40.

Senior: Reece Pollitt (A&T) 74, Eryk Motala (Bury) 60, Kyle Holland (Sheffield) 48, Harry Radford (Bury) 40.

The final Round 6 will take place at Astley & Tyldesley on Sunday 20th September, 1 pm start.