Racing News 2 September 2017

A bright sunny afternoon heralded the start of Spring as the Final part of the Winter Series got under way. The format was a reverse handicap which has a Rolling mass start. The Handicaps are applied to the riders Finish Times and so it is as important for the fast riders to get away soon as possible as it is for the slower riders to hang on for as long as possible.

The field was 6 riders strong comprising Bruce Syme, Bruce Quinn, Garry Whitfield, Richard Brown and David Cowdrey, with John Parella visiting from Geelong S.S.C.

The riders were still all together at the second turn and would have their work cut out to make large enough gains on the second half of the race.

The Hammer went down soon into the 3rd leg as David Cowdrey went on an assault and a split was caused, with Richard Brown finally being tailed off as the group of 5 riders got back on terms and rode to the finish.

It wasn’t to be enough though despite the group finishing over 1 1/2 minutes in front of Richard, he managed to sneak onto the top step of the podium, taking the race and the Series. Bruce Quinn managed to take line honours for the second race in a row as the bunch sprinted to the line. Garry Whitfield rode exceptionally to finish 3rd on the day and 2nd for the Series. David Cowdrey took 2nd on the day and managed to place 3rd for the Series despite sacrificing his chances by acting as First Aid Officer last week.

The standings for the Winter Series are:

Richard Brown –  23 Points,

Garry Whitfield – 21 Points,

David Cowdrey – 14 Points,

Bruce Quinn – 11 Points,

Bruce Syme  – 9 Points,

Paul O’Kelly  – 6 Points,

Bob Charlton – 2 Points,

Harry White & Andrew Downey – 1 Point.

A big thanks to our Officials for the day, Ian Gailer, Alan Paul, Jack Ransom and Kevin Durkin.