CLUB NEWS: Hawtin makes dream debut

Birmingham Monarchs youngster, Dylan Hawtin (pictured leading by Les Brewin), made a dream debut in the opening National round of the BYJL in Leicester on Saturday.

Hawtin, in his first full season, raced to 3 wins to qualify for the U10’s A Final and put in superb effort to just lose out on a top 3 spot.

Meanwhile reigning Midlands champion Connor Steel had a day to forget and failed to reach the main finals to score big points, a first ever C final win summed up his day.

William Arkinstall came 4th in the D final of the U14’s whilst Ewan Hancox took 2 heavy falls that reduced his qualifying scores,  winning the C final in the U17’s.

The Monarchs entertained Coventry in a challenge fixture on Sunday. Both teams using 1st team and new riders to make it an interesting and friendly dynamic.

Birmingham had the stronger side with 4 of their top riders and proved that way on track although only captain Scott Millward raced unbeaten.

Debutant Zak Lakin impressed with a race win and 12 points however a heavy fall for the unfortunate Hancox saw him pull out the meeting with a trip to the hospital confirming a broken collarbone.

Both sides also took part in a junior combination challenge fixture with the visitors introducing 3 new youngsters as the Coventry side continue to push young blood. The hosts also continuing to introduce the next generation to the sport .

It was the Monarchs that took a comfortable win with Hawtin racing to a paid maximum , and Steel dropping a single point.

Connor’s brother Jake made his debut racing to 2 wins.


Birmingham Monarchs 94 – Scott Millward 20 (5), Mark Winwood 18+1 (5), Ricki Johnson 16+2 (5), Zak Lakin 12 (5), Ewan Hancox 9+2 (3), Paul Timms 8+2 (3),  Josh Dudley 6 (6), Marc Phipps 5 (4) v COVENTRY 86.


Birmingham 88 – Connor Steel 15, Dylan Hawtin 14+2, William Arkinstall 14+1, Rebecca Humphries 12, Marc Steel 11+3, Alex Heagren 9+1, Jake Steel 9, Ben Heagren 4+1 V Coventry 62.

The club had a visit from staff and management from the Decathlon store in Wednesbury to try our sport on Sunday evening, taking part in individual and team partnership racing. They certainly gave plenty of effort and enjoyed the experience,  the hope being that both parties will be working together on sponsorship in the near future.

Birmingham Decathlon staff members try Cycle Speedway.

Birmingham Decathlon staff members try Cycle Speedway.

This weekend will see action on both days , Saturday we host round 2 of the M6 at 4PM whilst on Sunday we host East Park in a Midland league fixture, with the Monarchs aiming to continue their unbeaten run. The action gets underway at 1PM.