Birmingham Monarchs riders Mark Winwood and Steve Hodgkinson finished on the rostrum in Coventry on Saturday in round 8 of the Eurovets series.
Both riders have had a much tougher year in the Series after dominating in 2015. Hodgkinson has missed too many rounds this year to fight for a year end top 3 finish and this was his first podium place of the year.
Winwood meanwhile has had some bad luck and hard grid draws along the way this year and was struggling to even be in a podium place for the 1st half of the season however a much improved 2nd half and solid final performances saw him move into 3rd place in round 7 and now holds a 9 point lead going into the final round in 2 weeks time at his home Birmingham track.
Winwood opened with two 2nd places , beaten by series leader Marchant first time out and eventual top scorer Harris. 3 victories followed to head into the A Final on 18 points.
Hodgkinson meanwhile matched that total of 18 points beaten only in the heats in heat 1 by current series leaders Venson and Frith reeling off 4 wins after that. An A final 3rd place (again beaten by Venson/Frith) after defending for a lap from Hemming.
Sutton based Winwood meanwhile blasted around Harris on the opening lap with Harris falling on the home straight trying to find a way back under.
EUROVETS round 8 from Coventry – A Final top 4.
40’s – Mark Winwood, Kev Burns, Martyn Hollebon, Steve Harris.
50’s – Dave Frith, Norman Venson, Steve Hodgkinson, Phil Hemming.
60’s – Terry Kirkup, Joe McLaughlin, Steph Whitehead, Fred Rothwell.
The Monarchs host the Wednesfield Aces on Sunday in Midland league action with action underway at 1PM (juniors), 2PM (1st team) and 3.45PM (2nd team).
Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6PM for anyone to join in with free use of bikes and equipment!