This weekend sees two meetings in one day at Perry Park as Birmingham stage the 7th round of the ORCHID Eurovets Series.
The series is open to all riders aged 40 and over and this year has seen some great close racing up and down the country at various tracks. With just two round to go after this weekend the series is getting to the business end.
Birmingham have home interest in Paul Timms and Steve Hodgkinson. Timms has been up at the top of the championship or close to it all year and won last time out at Edinburgh. Hodgkinson has comeback into the sport after a few years break but his speed on the bike does not show that as he has impressed riding in the Eurovets as well as for Birmingham.
Riders that the pair will have to look out for are Coventry’s Joe McLaughlin who will be making the short journey down the M6. Joe is well known in the sport and has had many a battle with Paul Timms and Saturday will no doubt see some more. Mike Burgess who rides for Horspath has also been very impressive with his quick gating and Dennis Hubble is another rider that needs little introduction.
It should be a great days racing with tapes up at 1pm. After the meeting their will be more racing as Newcastle will be taking on Birmingham in a challenge fixture.
The sides are yet to be confirmed but both sides are looking at using the fixture to field some of their young talent and also riders who need much needed meeting experience. Birmingham have many good youngsters with the likes of Ewan Hancox, the Winwood brothers and Dylan Hexley. This year has also seen some more riders with raw speed on the bike like Alex Atterbury and Emily Pitt and are looking like ones to look out for in the future.
On Sunday Coventry host the Chris Allen Memorial Meeting. Birmingham’s Mark Winwood is in a lineup that is very strong with some of the best riders who ride for the Hearsall Common side. Winwood who looked strong in the British Championships, will be up against some riders who will be familiar to Monarchs fans. Konrad Pietak and Myke Grimes will be in the sixteen who have been flying in their appearances for Birmingham and also the Kemp brothers who have been strong this year with Lee getting stronger results as the season has been going. Racing starts at Hearsall Common at 2pm.