This weekend saw the blue ribbon events of Cycle Speedway in the Midlands area as the different category finals were played out in the Midlands area.
In the Under 10 final young charger Ryan Winwood just missed out on the finals. The spoils went to Kesgrave’s Lewis Brinkoff as he went through the card at Bretford.
Saturday also saw Birmingham hold their biggest meeting of the year as the Senior Open Qualifiers took place at Perry Park. The Monarchs had four riders in the three meetings with Nathan Groves in the first semi final.
Groves has been in great form for Birmingham this year in the Elite and Midland but the local rider struggled after coming back from a break and finished on nine points. In the second semi final Richard Stevenson picked up six points as the Warwickshire rider used the weekend as a learning curve.
The final semi final was toughest one on paper and so it was as Mark Winwood looked strong and took a heat win ahead of Chris Timms in his first outing. If not for a mistake in a heat with Aaron Morgan, Winwood may of got into run-off contention. Timms after the slip up to team mate Winwood looked strong and booked his place straight into the final with 18 points.
Sunday the last chance semi finals took place at Leicester’s Slater Street and the first one saw Stevenson pick up 6 points as he kept up pace with more experienced opposition as the gating seemed to be the main difference. In the second semi final Groves finished with 10 points as Winwood again looked strong on new machinery and just missed out on a place in the final with 15 points.
In the Under 16 Final at Leicester Ollie Riley finished in 5th place. The Hethersett and Birmingham rider was up there as a favourite after a great season in the regional British Youth and Junior meetings. Aaron Smith clinched the title ahead of Jess Moore and Richard Fellgett.
Monday was the big finale as all eyes were focused at Coventry’s Hearsall Common as the Women’s and Senior Final took place at the Warwickshire track.
Firstly the Women’s event saw a pre-qualifier before the final. Birmingham’s Natalie Timms made the final and into the 16 to contest for the title. Natalie finished with 5 points in the final but it was a fantastic effort for Timms who had set herself the target of making the last 16.
The Senior Final saw Monarchs captain Chris Timms looking to take the title at his “home region” With his supporters making the short trip from the M6 to the Hearsall Common track, Timms finished on 17 points just behind Tom Reed who took the honours and 2013 Senior Champion. A run-off was needed to decide second place between Chris and Wednesfield’s Lee Aris and the Aces charger took the second step ahead of Timms.