Monarchs Represented Well At Indoors
Birmingham Monarchs this weekend were on the rostrum for the Under 19’s, Open and Veteran finals at the annual Indoor Cycle Speedway Championships.
Scott Millward 2nd place in the Under 19’s Final
In the Under 19 event at Eccles Scott Millward just missed out on the top prize. Horspath’s Mark Carmichael finished top of the tree with 19pts as Scott finished just behind after a match race against Stockport’s Dylan Radcliffe with hard charger Matt Smith finishing 4th overall. Millward, who has finished 2nd and 3rd in this event in the past was eager to go that one better but Carmichael did not put a wheel wrong to give the Welsh International the crown. In the Veterans Final Birmingham were represented by Paul Timms and Steve Hodgkinson. A small field of nine riders may of made the final slightly low key but the action was still as close and entertaining.Steve Harris was the favourite to take his fourth veterans title and so it would be as another trophy went Horspath bound. Birmingham’s Paul Timms finished in third though a uncharacteristic slip from Timms in his final race helped Terry Norman snatch second place. Steve Hodgkinson finished the meeting on seven points and in eighth place after a valiant effort.
- Paul Timms 3rd in the Veterans Final
The title that most were looking to win this weekend was the Open Final but first it was the qualifiers and a chance to get into the final. In Semi Final A Hoyland and Parish lead the way with 18pts each as poll favourite Boaler also safely made the passage as did Birmingham’s Scott Millward. Some shocks to not qualify were 2009 winner Ben Scranage and Chris Jewkes. Monarch’s Nathan Groves also sadly failed to make the cut. Semi Final B saw Chris Timms finishing just behind the now Under 19 Champ Carmichael with Vets Champ Steve Harris and 2010 Champion Tom Reed also making progress to the final.
In the Final there was nothing between Chris Timms and Sheffield’s Ryan Hoyland as they finished on 17pts a piece. To decide the title a dramatic one on one race took place. Hoyland took the lead from the start but Timms is one for never giving up and going into the last turn the Birmingham man made a dive up the inside. The resulting move sent Hoyland into the safety barriers.
Waiting for the referee’s decision it looked like Chris had won the title, a sentiment that was shared with the crowd, but referee Ralph Doughty excluded Timms for excessive force and so giving the title to the Sheffield Stars racer. Doughty double checked with fellow ref Mike Hack and then confirmed his decision.
“I thought I had won it fair and square” Said the England International rider, “There was a gap and I went for it. If Ryan hadn’t hit the safety barrier the call may of been different.”
Chris had to settle for a silver medal in the end but to get that far was a impressive feat in itself as he was riding with a broken scaphoid after a nasty spill at leicester near the end of the season.
Chris Parish beat Carmichael for the decider for the bronze medal as Scott Millward finished a well deserved 6th place after starting with a last place the ex Sandwell rider showed his Under 19 form with the rest of his programmed rides.
Monarchs Captain Chris Timms 2nd in Open Final