MATCH REPORT: Burgess and Garnett Welsh Open victors

Newport Cycle Speedway Club put on another entertaining Welsh Open at their ever improving Newport Sports Village circuit on Saturday.

The women opened proceedings with a very impressive line up in attendance. The early leaders were Emily Burgess, Lauren Hookway and Elizabeth Rigley who were in fine form.

Burgess went into the interval unbeaten, looking sharp from the gate. Laura Watson and Niamh Morton were doing their utmost to keep up with the leaders, Hookway inflicted Burgess’s only defeat, forcing a race off for the title, with the ever improving Rigley taking 3rd place. Watson beat Morton in another race off for 4th place.


Emily Burgess (Astley) 19, Lauren Hookway (Exeter) 19, Elizabeth Rigley (Leicester) 18, Laura Watson (Sheffield) 17, Niamh Morton (Sheffield) 17, Anna Tuttle (Poole) 15, Miah Laing (Exeter) 14, Natalie Timms (Birmingham) 12 Rebekkah Humphries (Birmingham) 12, Jasmine Oddie (Poole) 11, I.Byrne (Poole) 11, E.Corrigan (Astley) 9, C.Evans (Newport) 8, R.Dawson (Newport) 7.

The Under 19 Boys then took to the track, with a slightly depleted field due to the rearranged British Youth & Junior League meeting at Leicester.

Poole’s Welsh Wizard, Fraser Garnett, became the new Welsh Open champion in a sudden-death final, after seeing off a concerted effort from Wednesfields Brandon Whetton, with Sheffield’s Ed Morton 3rd and Astley’s Max Evans in 4th.

The trophies were presented by former champion Adam Bennett.


Fraser Garnett (Poole) 14, Brandon Whetton (Wednesfield) 14, Ed Morton (Sheffield) 14, Max Evans (Astley) 13, Adam Watson (Sheffield) 12, Ben Tinsdale (Poole) 11, Connor Tucker (Exeter) 11, Josh Whetton (Wednesfield) 9, I.Lewis (Newport) 8, C.Hiscox (Newport) 5, Ieuan Davies 5, Ethan Hiscox (Newport) 4.