CLUB NEWS: A big thank you to the Hawks who made the trip to Hellingly

HETHERSETT HAWKS / YELLOW BRICK MORTGAGES owe a big thank you to the eight riders and two drivers who made the long journey on a hot Sunday to Hellingly to ensure two fixtures were honoured – it looked earlier in the week that it would not be possible with so many riders away on holiday or having other commitments.

In the end six youth riders ware able to fulfil their fixture, five of them having already raced in the Division 2 fixture. All riders rode well and the scores did not do justice to the effort put in.

In the Division 2 match the Hawks relied heavily on their three more experienced riders – Paul Delaiche, Jamie Neill and George Larter-Dixon. They won nine of the 16 heats between them but Hellingly had the strength in depth.

(Paul Delaiche 19 Jamie Neill 19 George Larter-Dixon 18 Higo Kemp 6 Lola Martin 6 Amelia Dodson 5)

George Larter-Dixon again starred in the Youth League match, winning three races and shepherding Amelia Dodson to two 7-3 heat wins. Lola Martin and Luca El-Labany did some good teamwork too.

(George Larter-Dixon 17+2 Amelia Dodson 13+1 Lola Martin 13+1 Luca El-Labany 13+1 Hugo kemp 10 Nyla El-Labany 5)

The previous weekend four Hethersett riders were in action – Luca and Nyla El-Labany plus Amelia Dodson at Leicester in the British Youth & Junior League National Round 3 and Lola Martin at Horspath near Oxford in the Women’s Battle of Britain event.

At Leicester Nyla won the B Final in the Under-8s and is now 5th in the competition with one round to go. Luca fought his way into the B Final on 12 points but finished fourth leaving him in 7th place overall. Amelia won the B Final in the Girls and is now 6th overall.

At Horspath Lola won the B Final in the Intermediate section after scoring six points. Once again she was called upon to guest for the North & Scotland in the the regional team event – she scored eight points and achieving two third places. She also became the first Hethersett rider to have a point deducted for a gate infringement – a new rule to avoid exclusions in some competitions.

This weekend seven Hawks will be sporting new branded shirts from sponsor Yellow Brick Mortgages in the British Individual Finals weekend in the North of England.