MATCH REPORT: Manchester Grand prix Round 6

Report by Mike Hack

Photos courtesy of Alan Taylor

Astley & Tyldesley hosted the concluding Round 6 of the Manchester Individual Grand Prix series on Sunday. On a bright and breezy afternoon, a series equalling high of 22 riders participated in the meeting.

First up was the u-13s match, in which Astley & Tyldesley’s Duncan Whalley and Bury’s Tom Dunphy started the day as joint leaders, on 73 points apiece. The riders didn’t meet each other on the day, but it was their races against A&T’s Frank White which proved to be decisive. Frank inflicted Tom’s only defeat of the day in heat 4, before Duncan twice headed home Frank in heats 7 and 10, to complete a 16 points maximum score. This secured the u-13 series for Duncan, finishing one point ahead of Tom.

Harry Radford, of Bury, had already claimed the Junior series win and he raced to another maximum score, dropping just 2 points in the whole series. Eight riders was the best Junior turnout of the series, with A&T’s Emily Burgess dropping just two points to Harry, in close races.

A&T’s Reece Pollitt started the day with a commanding 14 points lead and clinched the overall series win, when he won heat 3. He raced to a 16 points maximum score, recording the fastest time of the day, 42.35 secs, when he beat Harry Radford and team mate Steve Harris in heat 3. Bury’s Kris Ramsden lost twice to Pollitt, with Radford beaten by both Pollitt
and Ramsden.

Manchester Individual Grand Prix Round 6 results

U-13s: Duncan Whalley (A&T) 16, Tom Dunphy (Bury) 15, Frank White (A&T) 14, Sam Dunphy (Bury) 12, Lucy Grantham (A&T) 12, Oscar Belt (A&T) 11, Bobby Dunphy (Bury) 11, Harriet Belt (A&T) 7, Myles Grantham (A&T) 7, Thomas Smith (A&T) 6.

Referee – Catherine White.

Junior: Harry Radford (Bury) 16, Emily Burgess (A&T) 14, Tom Morrissey (A&T) 12, Frank White (A&T) 9, Duncan Whalley (A&T) 9, Charlie Burgess (A&T) 8, Tom Dunphy (Bury) 6, Owen Simcock (A&T) 5.

Referee – Chaz Whalley.

Senior: Reece Pollitt (A&T) 16, Kris Ramsden (Bury) 14, Harry Radford (Bury) 14, Eryk Motala (Bury) 13, Steve Harris (A&T) 13, Mark Grantham (A&T) 11, Emily Burgess (A&T) 9, Tom Morrissey (A&T) 8, Steve Mann (Bury) 7, Mark Radford (Bury) 6.

Referee – Chaz Whalley

Final Series Scores

U-13s: Duncan Whalley (A&T) 89, Tom Dunphy (Bury) 88, Oscar Belt (A&T) 55, Bobby Dunphy (Bury) 55, Lucy Grantham (A&T) 54, Oliver Banyard (Sheffield) 52, Sam Dunphy (Bury) 49, Myles Grantham (A&T) 43, Frank White (A&T) 43, Harriet Belt (A&T) 41, Tom Morrissey (A&T) 32, Edward Balfour (Sheffield) 6, Thomas Smith (A&T) 6.

Junior: Harry Radford (Bury) 94, Tom Morrissey (A&T) 59, Emily Burgess (A&T) 54, Charlie Burgess (A&T) 43, Kielan Burton (Sheffield) 41, Duncan Whalley (A&T) 26, John White (A&T) 25, Frank White (A&T) 22, Owen Simcock (A&T) 21, Tom Dunphy (Bury) 19, Matt Snell (A&T) 16.

Senior: Reece Pollitt (A&T) 90, Eryk Motala (Bury) 73, Harry Radford (Bury) 54, Kris Ramsden (Bury) 52, Kyle Holland (Sheffield) 48, Emily Burgess (A&T) 45, Mark Radford (Bury) 44, Mark Grantham (A&T) 41, Steve Mann (Bury) 39, Tom Morrissey (A&T) 38, Steve Harris (A&T) 37, John White (A&T) 24, Kielan Burton (Sheffield) 14, Matt Snell (A&T) 14, Adam Turnbull (Bury) 8.

A trophy was awarded to the winner of each category. Under new social distancing protocols, each trophy was left on the podium, for the winner to collect alone and then pose for photographs.