Saturday saw the British Over 50 Individual title take place at Exeter as defending champion Dennis Hubble retained his crown.
Home rider Dave Murphy finished third after just missing out on the second spot after a run-off with Edinburgh’s Lee Lawrence. Paul Timms finished top Monarch with 16pts to his name as Hodgkinson finished with 13 two points ahead of Phil Widdas.
In the Regional event The Midlands under the watchful eye of Roger Ellis narrowly beat South & South Wales 76-74 as the Birmingham trio scored 25 of the points for the side.
Dave Frith 18, Paul Timms 16, Dave Meanley 13, Norman Venson 11, Phil Hemmings 9, Steve Hodgkinson 7, Phil Widdas 2
South & South Wales 74
Mike Burgess 19, Dave Murphy 16, Colin Simmons 12, Pete Chant 11, Paul Gibbs 11, Andy Riddle 2, Colin Wheeler 2, Kevin Greaves 1
Sunday saw the Monarch secondary riders in action for their for sides as some regional sides were looking to cause an upset against Elite opposition.
Bury faced higher league opponents in the form of Ipswich Eagles. The Suffolk side have a strong young look to them this year and the Lancashire side looked to be a banana skin. Chris Parish finished top scorer with 13 points for the Comets but they struggled as the visitors won 108-66.
Hethersett had the same situation in front of them as they had Sheffield in there way to make the next round. Like Ipswich Sheffield had more strength in depth though the Hawks kept the scores close with Ollie Riley picking up 11pts and Josh Herring 5pts as Sheffield advanced 97-79.
Swindon came closest to causing a shock in the BTC as they faced Leicester Monarchs at a wet Wiltshire. Danny Harper raced away to 17pts as the home side narrowly lost 89-91 to the East Midlands visitors.
East Park travelled to Greater Manchester to take on Stockport. The home side had already despatched Edinburgh. David Ball’s side had a youthful but sold look about them but they failed to make the next round losing 103-72. Ball picked up nine points as Joe Kemp scored eleven.
Newport welcomed Norwich who made the long trip from east to west. Newport were there usual strong lineup with ex Monarch Jack Harrold as well as Nicky Evans and Kieron Jones who was back from injury. The Welsh side had little problems as they won 116-58 and will be waiting Monday night to see who they face next.