Hodgkinson Wins In Sheffield: Weekend Review

The Eurovets at Sheffield’s Cookson Park saw a busy afternoon as 29 riders took part in the event.

Series leader Paul Timms scored 16pts one behind fellow Monarch Steve Hodgkinson. Hodgkinson was seeded to the A Final repocharge but just missed out after a last gasp lunge on Coventry’s Joe McLaughlin.

The two Monarch riders met in the B Final where Paul finished in third with Steve taking a fine win. The next round is July 27th as the Eurovets Series makes the journey to Sandwell’s Lower City Road track.

Hodgkinson: Strong at Cookson Park

Hodgkinson: Strong at Cookson Park

Birmingham faced Wednesfield at Lower City Road on Sunday this time in the Elite League. Birmingham had Scott Millward and Chris Parish missing due to injuries as the home side had three of the international riders who took part yesterday.

The Aces had former Birmingham rider Paul Heard in there ranks as well as Lee Aris, Craig Marchant in a strong lineup.

Heat one saw a shared heat as Nathan Groves showed some great defensive riding to keep Chris Jewkes behind as Johnson finished ahead of Winwood. It looked set to be another long and tough fixture between the two sides as heat two then saw a re-run after Nicky Evans and Lee Aris came to grief on the fourth bend. In the restart Evans finished behind Aris as Chris Timms took the heat win.

Heat three saw more action as David Ball was excluded for going beyond the track limits and then Craig Marchant was guilty of sticking out a leg according to the referee as in the third run Heard finished ahead of Kieron Jones for a 4-3.

Timms: Top scorer for the Monarchs

Timms: Top scorer for the Monarchs

The first maximum of the day went to the visiting side as Mark Griffiths who looked on top form made it tapes to flag ahead of Ricky Johnson to give the Aces the lead back. A further heat advantage was then cancelled out in heat six as Lee Aris was excluded for colliding with Kieron Jones. The Newport rider dusted himself down and won the heat with David Ball claiming second with his typical 100% commitment.

Before the interval Wednesfield picked up two more 7-3’s as Nicky Evans won inbetween them with Timms third to put the Monarchs 40-46 down at the break.

After the interval Kieron Jones beat the Aces pairing of Haddock and Docherty as the Welsh rider looked in stellar form. But Wednesfield went up a gear and three more 7-3’s, with a Chris Timms shared heat between, gave the visiting team a lead that never looked in trouble.

In the Elite Trophy race Chris Timms won the toss for gates and took the outside with Paul Heard beside him. From the tapes Timms battled hard always near the back wheel of Paul but Heard kept his hands on the silverware.

In the Combination fixure Birmingham came out 55-74 but there was some great racing on show. Bob Prince carried on from last week and got into double figures as Lee Kemp also impressed. A debut was given to Chris Callow who finished with a fourth and a third place after just a couple of spins at the Sandwell track and he looked very quick on the shale.

Birmingham Monarchs 76: Winwood 8+1, Groves 12+2, Evans 8+1, C.Timms 17, Ball 7+2, Jones 16, J.Kemp 4+2, P.Timms 4

Wednesfield Aces 99: Johnson 15+1, Jewkes 11+1, L.Aris 9+2, M.Haddock 8+1, Heard 19. Marchant 11+1, Griffiths 15+1, Docherty 8+2, Allen 3

Combination Fixture

Birmingham Monarchs 55: Prince 10+1, L.Kemp 13+1, Hodgkinson 6+2, Hancox 7+1, Widdas 8, Stevenson 6+1, N.Timms 2+2, Callow 2+1

Wednesfield Aces 74: Allen 12+1, M.Aris 8+1, Everitt 11+4, H.Rowley 11, Meanley 11, Berwick 9, G.Rowley 7+1, Dyke 5