A blustery day with blue skies was what greeted the Riders on Saturday afternoon as the Second Part of the Winter Series finally got under way. Bad weather and a series of other setbacks had forced the Racing to shift a couple of weeks, meaning the upcoming Finale will actually be held in Spring!
With several riders away and a few others recovering and one rider selflessly donating his time as First Aid Officer so other could ride, it was a small field that took to the course for the Individual Handicap.
Each Rider was set off at 15 second intervals in order of their respective handicaps with Richard Brown off first followed by Andrew Downey, Bruce Quinn and Garry Whitfield. Andrew got across to Richard about halfway to the first turn with Bruce catching that duo at the turn itself with Garry measuring hids efforts and slowly hauling them in. Lack of time on the bike for Andrew was telling and he dropped off the back of the group and was left dangling in no-mans land between the other competitors. Garry caught up to Andrew and the pair worked together briefly before Andrew once more had to drop off, retiring with a strained calf.
Richard overshot the Turn at Empire Vale and Bruce, realising he had to put time into Richard, left him behind. Garry caught Richard on the way back to the Finish but the pair were unable to catch a fast finishing Bruce.
The standings after the first two Parts of the Winter Series are:
Garry Whitfield – 15 Points,
Richard Brown – 15 Points,
David Cowdrey – 8 Points,
Bruce Quinn & Paul O’Kelly – 6 Points,
Bruce Syme – 5 Points,
Bob Charlton – 2 Points,
Harry White & Andrew Downey – 1 Point.
Thanks again to all our Volunteers and Officials for donating your time to keep the racing going.