PREVIEW: Dash Trophies Midland Grand Prix 2015

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With the 2015 properly kicking off this weekend, we take a look at the 2015 Dash Trophies Midland Grand Prix – a highly popular event annually hosted by Wednesfield at Ashmore Park.

The draws have been made, which sees two semi finals and a final at 5pm.

Semi Final 1 – 1pm

Semi Final 2 – 3pm

1 Jamie Ball 1 Bobby McMillan
2 Damian Zareba 2 Haydn Chant
3 Scott Doherty 3 Jamie Whetton
4 Ben Mould 4 Gavin Parr
5 Ricki Johnson 5 Mark Boaler
6 Ben Higham 6 Charlie Rumbold
7 Brandon Whetton 7 Jack Harrold
8 Ashley Hill 8 Mark Winwood
9 Greg Gluchowski 9 Andy Angell
10 Jason Burke 10 Matt Smith
11 Craig Marchant 11 Chris Jewkes
12 Paul Heard 12 Lee Aris
13 Neil Hollebon 13 Jason Keith
14 Chris Timms 14 Mark Carmichael
15 Chris Parish 15 Ben Scranage
16 Jake Read 16 Josh Brooke

Final – 5pm

Both semis have a lot of pedigree, 11 of the 16 2014 British Finalists appear, 2012 Australian champion Bobby McMillan, 2004 European Champion Damian Zareba, reigning champions in British U19 champion Ricki Johnson and rapid British U16 champion Brandon Whetton also feature, along with a host of other past British finalists.

There’s not enough space in the final 16 for all the big guns though, there will be some casualties along the way, so there’s not a lot of room for mistakes.

2014 champion Andy Angell is looking leaner and fitter than last year, so will go in as one of the favourites. Jack Harrold is making a welcome return from a year of travelling and lines up in the same semi as Newport team mate, 2014 Poole Laurels winner Mark Carmichael.

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Aris, Heard, Mould and Jewkes are always hard to beat on their home track and Poole’s fast starting¬†Greg Gluchowski is always formidable competitor. Also from the south, Neil Hollebon has a fine habit of making finals, as does Mark Boaler, currently on 9 consecutive British finals since 2006, including his win in 2010.

26 regular Elite League riders fill up the field, in what should be a great opener to the 2015 season. Check out 33/18 News on Saturday evening to find out who came out on top.