HSBC | UK ELITE GP: Brooke and Bacon haul themselves into contention

Suffolk duo, Josh Brooke and Pierce Bacon took home the top prize at Swindon on Saturday, in another successful round of HSBC | UK Elite GP action last Saturday. The results catapult both riders into second place in the standings.

In the elite men’s class it need two run offs to decide the final placings. Brooke and Lukas Nowacki, back from injury, both finished on 18 points and the Great Blakenham rider made no mistake from inside grids.

Behind them on 17 points was Ben Mould, Paul Heard and Myke Grimes, which is how they lined up on the grid and finished the run off on the super fast Swindon circuit.

Earlier in the day, Ipswich’s Pierce Bacon claimed the top prize money and 25 points. Debutant Adam Watson secured second after a run off with team mate and round one winner, Ed Morton.

Coventry’s Cameron Gill claimed the fourth spot ahead of Poole’s Fraser Garnett.

PHOTOS: Graham Robins caught the action last Saturday

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Elite Men
1st Josh Brooke
2nd Lukasz Nowacki
3rd Ben Mould
4th Paul Heard
5th Myke Grimes

Elite Junior
1st Pierce Bacon
2nd Adam Watson
3rd Ed Morton
4th Cameron Gill
5th Fraser Garnett

Ben Mould retains his lead in the overall standings of the Elite Mens class by 9 points leaving him in a strong position with two rounds to go. Josh Brooke has jumped from 9th to 2nd, bumping Lewis Osborne and Myke Grimes down to 3rd and 4th respectively, with only three points separating the three riders.

Paul Heard climbs to 5th and with the top 3 scores from 4 rounds counting towards the overall standings, two more strong performances from Lukasz Nowacki will see him in with a shot of the title.

Round one winner Ed Morton is ahead by just two points over round two winner Pierce Bacon. European junior champion Brandon Whetton was absent from round two, but after securing second at East Park, he is still very much in the mix.

Whetton’s team mate, Carl Parfitt, can forget about disappointment in round 2 if he can finish the last two rounds strongly. Adam Watson made an impressive start to his campaign in Swindon, like Whetton, he is two high finishes away from contention.