Paul Timms and Steve Hodgkinson headed to Slater Street on Saturday for the first round of the ORCHID Eurovets Series.
The first meeting was for the over 50’s as the duo faced some tough competition from home rider Skinner, Dave Murphy and Mick Aris to name a couple.
Hodgkinson came out in heat 1 and some great defending riding saw a second place just ahead of Phil Hemmings. Paul matched his team mate in the next heat as he finished behind Exeter’s Murphy but keeping pace with him.
Heat 5 saw Timms finish second once more, this time behind Skinner after a great pass on the second lap on Hemmings. Heat 6 Hodgkinson rescued a fine third place after a clash in the first corner with East London’s Woodroffe. Heat 10 the Birmingham pair faced each other and Paul came out with the win from the tapes to flag as Steve battled past a injured Aris and finished just behind Rothwell.
Steve Hodgkinson made a further two more thirds passing John Whiting in heat 12 and heat 18 saw Skinner make it five from five. Timms claimed a further win in heat 13 from the gate to flag beating Mackie and Dyson. Heat 20 Paul needed a advantage over Joe McLaughlin and the two came out in the final race. Paul did everything to pass the Coventry man but just failed to make it into the A Final.
In the B Final Paul came out with the spoils beating Woodroffe, Aris and Rothwell.
In the over 40’s both Paul and Steve made the B Final with Timms finishing second just ahead of Steve.
Over 50’s : Steve Hodgkinson 11pts, Paul Timms 16pts
Over 40’s : Steve Hodgkinson 13pts, Paul Timms 15pts
The next round is at Newcastle Saturday 4th May