MATCH REPORT: South West & Wales edge out Midlands in Supertrax Women’s League

Sunday saw the first round of the new Supertrax Women’s League at a very wet and windy Exeter Circuit.

The day kicked off with the three team event, under a new format, which delivered some fantastic racing. It was always close, but with the South West and Wales just edging away from the Midlands at the end of the match to take the win.

The individuals equally saw some fantastic racing from both the Elite and Intermediate categories. Legs were tired from the first match, but nevertheless, they gave a good show on the damp and heavy track.

Racing was close right across the board with a few run-offs to get into the final positions. The finals were especially top drawer from both categories, taking her maiden victory in the Intermediate A final was young Maddie Saunders from Poole.

In the Elite final, Saunders’ team mate, Macie Schmidt underlined her winning potential taking the victory. Taking the inside gate against nearest rival Lauren Hookway, Schmidt held firm in a fast race, with Hookway trying on several occasions to make the pass but could not pull it off, especially with Lucy Whitehead putting pressure on from behind.

Overall, despite the weather, round one was a great success. A very healthy 25 competitors battled it out and everybody went away looking forward to the next round, which takes place in Ipswich on 20 May.

Supertrax Women’s League Team

South West & Wales 95
Macie Schmidt 20, Bethany Briggs 6, Krissy Mines 13, Alice Neighbour 10+2, Rosie Tidball 14+1, Maddie Saunders 12+3, Lauren Hookway 18+2, Anna Tuttle 2

North & Scotland/South East & East 85
Charlie-Jane Herbert 10+5, Gemma Hill 19, Laura Watson 19+3, Emily Burgess 13, Chloe Pearce 12, Niamh Morton 10+1, Alive Unwin 2

Midlands 88
Michelle Whitehead 23, Jenna Whitehead 6, Elizabeth Rigley 18, Chloe Whitehead 11+2, Lucy Whitehead 20+1, Sophie Middleton 9, Honey Whitehead DNR, Georgia Burt 1.

Elite Women Individual

A Final (Grand Prix points shown)

Macie Schmidt 25, Lauren Hookway 20, Lucy Whitehead 18, Elizabeth Rigley 16

B Final

Laura Watson 14, Michelle Whitehead 13, Niamh Morton 12, Chloe Whitehead 11

C Final

Krissy Mines 9

Intermediate Women Individual (Grand Prix points shown)

A Final

Maddie Saunders 25, Sophie Middleton 20, Emily Burgess 18, Alice Neighbour 16

B Final

Gemma Hill 14, Rosie Tidball 13, Jenna Whitehead 12, Bethany Briggs 11

C Final

Anna Tuttle 9, Lauren Compton 8, Jasmine Oddie 7, Shannon Tucker 6

D Final

Honey Whitehead 4, Georgina Burt 3, Megan Burt 2, Alice Unwin 1