MATCH REPORT: New-look A&T Go-Ride GP underway

Astley & Tyldesley welcomed 24 young riders, including 5 newcomers, to compete in Round 1 of the A&T Go-Ride Grand Prix series, on Tuesday.

This year’s series will be run with three teams contesting four rounds, with six riders in a race in a 15 heats match, to encourage team riding and learning how to race in a bunch.

A&T are not just developing riders in this entry level series, but also developing young volunteer officials, with Emily Burgess and Max Evans serving as managers of the Astley Hurricanes and Tyldesley Typhoons teams respectively, with John White captain of the Gin Pit Storm team.

All three youngsters have been in receipt of Believe Talent Funding from Wigan Council during the past two years.

Tyldesley Typhoons ran out winners of the opening round, with Aiden Green top scoring and Oscar Belt racing unbeaten in his three races in the youngest category. Gin Pit Storm were runners-up, with their captain John White racing to a 24 points maximum.

Tom Morrissey put in a great showing for Astley Hurricanes, losing only to John White in heat 10, as the team finished in 3rd place.

Typhoons 114
Aiden Green 22, Charlie Burgess 21, Fraser Brundrett 21, Oscar Belt 18, Ethan Smith 10, Freddie Cox 10, Paul Davies 7, Aliesha Green 5.

Gin Pit Storm 106
John White 24, Frank White 19, Erin Corrigan 16, Ada Cox 13, Lewis Skitterall 12, Natasha Clitheroe 11, Myles Grantham 6, Samantha Flynn 5.

Astley Hurricanes 95
Tom Morrissey 23, Duncan Whalley 17, Tom Beeley 17, Freddy Warn 14, Sabrina Evans 7, Blaise Wilcockson 6, Lewis Nicholson 6, Chloe Warn 5.

Referee – Chas Whalley.