BYJL: Round 4 Wednesfield Report

The BYJL reached its conclusion today in the 4th and final round at a wet and miserable AshmorePark in Wednesfield.
The start had already been put back an hour due to the horrendous rain fall during the morning but was still heavy prior to
12 noon start time. Parents were consulted and the vast agreement was to ride as the track was remarkably ridable although very wet.

The U8`s and 10`s started the days racing and in the U8`s the fierce rivalry between Leicester`s 7 year old Ronnie Wassall and Birmingham’s 8 year old CONNOR STEEL was renewed with both going for the title. Connor won the first round on Ronnie`s own track with Ronnie winning the next 2 so Connor was gunning for glory to force a chance of the title himself.
Heat 1 saw them line up together with Connor pulling a great gate from 2 over Ronnie on 1 to take the win. In there next heat they were again lined up together with Ronnie winning from 3 over Connor on 4. Both riders won there remaining 2 heats to go into the A Final level on 15 points.

Ronnie was on gate 1 with Connor lined up on 3 and Ronnie just had the edge going into the 1st bend and keeping his rival at bay although Connor was within pouncing distance throughout. Ronnie wins the Midland Series on 95 out of 100 points with Connor runner up on 85, a huge achievement in his first full season of racing.

The U12`s were next with series leader Birmingham’s own MARC PHIPPS looking to defend his lead but had the back from injury Jimmy Wassall (Round 1 winner) and Josh Whetton (Round 1 runner up) and also Coventry`s Bailie Phillips only 3 points behind. The Monarchs also had BILLY WINWOOD and RYAN WINWOOD taking part to add GP points towards qualifying for the Nationals.
Mark started with 2 2nd places behind rivals Phillips and Whetton before winning his 3rd ride and then taking a 2nd to Wassall in his 4th heat. Wassall and Whetton were unbeaten going straight into the A final but Phipps`s consistency meant he also made the final ahead of Phillips, meaning the overall title was in his hands. Phipps trailed in last in the final (won again by Wassall) but he still won the title overall with Bailie 2nd overall.
Billy had a good day also with some excellent gating and made the B final, whilst Ryan made the C Final.

In the girls our own EMILY PITT is making great progress as she made 4 superb gates including 2 3rd places over Chloe Whitehead that earned her her first A final appearance. One of her rivals had to pull out with a dropped chain to gift her a 3rd place finish – and she was awarded a special trophy for consistent appearances in the competition to cap a fine day for our own girl racer.

In the U14`s EWAN HANCOX went thru the meeting unbeaten to then draw a gate 4 in the final and had to settle for 2nd place in the A final.

At least the club were represented well with some successful performances from some of our bright future