This weekend saw Perry Park hosting the BYJL with the fixture being the first meeting of 2013 at the track. A great afternoons racing was expected on a track and facility that had been prepared well by the Monarchs members who had painted, mowed and tided up the track and surrounding areas for the event.
The meeting was run well in good conditions by Bernie Kemp who organised the registration, draws and made sure the racing went on without any glitches and without hold ups. All the midlands clubs were well represented as a good crowd watched the next stars of the shale take to the action.
Birmingham were well represented in the age groups and with the recent recruitment drive at the West Midlands club it was great to see riders in the red and white doing battle at their home track.
Billy Winwood won the B Final in the under 12 round as the youngster looks to hopefully start race more next season. Ryan Winwood showed how much he has progressed over the last year as he made the A Final and finished in second place.
Dylan Hexley made the A Final in the Under 12’s and was set for a battle with Jimmy Wassall and Dan Price along side. The final was a great race and showed that even though they are still young they have the skills and the knowledge of racing lines and defending. Wassall fell whilst battling with the eventual winner Price as Dylan steered clear of the danger and claimed a fine second place behind the Bretford rider.
In the under 14’s Reece Winwood finished third in the B Final which was a great result for the lad as he has recently comeback from injury.
Finally a mention should be given to four riders for Birmingham who all made their debuts for Birmingham this weekend and rode superbly for saying they have only just started in the sport and trained for a few weeks.
Dan and Marc Phipps who only started last Sunday took part in the Under 8-10 and showed they were keen especially after Dan fell in his first race but he carried on in the event.
Emily Pitt took part in her first BYJL event in the girls race. Emily who had took part in one fixture prior at Coventry was up against Elizabeth Ridgley of Leicester and at the end of the day if anyone deserved a bravery and never giving up medal it was Emily! Two falls whilst battling with the East Midlands rider left the Monarch with cuts and bruises but that did not stop Emily as she showed her determination and carried on and got a great reception at the end.
In the under 16 Alex Atterbury made his debut after impressing coaches in the training sessions. Atterbury a product of the Great Barr School trip looked competitive and was up with some more experienced riders in his field and finished with a second place in the B Final.