Birmingham Monarchs had varying degrees of success in the National club championships this weekend in Newport and Poole with the junior teams and veterans in action.
Saturday saw the under 12’s and and Under 14’s teams taking to the track however neither team was able to track full line ups so progression was unlikely from the off. In the U12’s Connor Steel battled hard for his points whilst Rebekah Humphries was performing way above her experience until a fall in her 3rd race saw an end to her day. The team limped home 4th in the semi final.
In the Under 14’s injuries to Humphries as well as Dylan Hawtin meant again we were only able to track 3 riders in the final. Billy Winwood top scored with some forceful riding and both Ryan Winwood and Steel rode well but again another 4th place finish.
Sunday was the turn of the over 40’s team in Poole with hopes of a rostrum place. Overwhelming favourites were 5 times and current champions Leicester who started strong, unbeaten until heat 8.
The Monarchs started slowly with Paul Timms winning heat 2, either side of costly mistakes for Steve Hodgkinson (Heat1) and Carl Winwood (heat3) however the 2nd block of races saw more consistent performances and at the half way stage were level in 3rd with host club Poole and one behind Wednesfield.
Another steady 3rd block of heats saw us move level with Wednesfield in 2nd spot (31) with Leicester moving closer to the title on 40. With Poole’s challenge fading with every race it was now a 2 way battle for runner up spot. With one race to go Mark Winwood had to take a 2nd place at least to pass the Aces of Wednesfield.
Winwood briefly challenged on the opening corner but soon settled into a safe 2nd place to secure the runner up position overall, the club’s highest position for over a decade and beating the 3rd place from 2015.
The senior team and under 16 team were due to race in Horspath in Oxford on Monday so we will feature that action next week. The senior team were in the ‘group of death’ semi final so will need a solid performance to qualify for the final.
The next home fixture will be saturday 3rd June as Birmingham host the 4th round of the YJL, where trophies will be presented to the winners.
Training continues at the track every Tuesday and Thursday . Under 16’s 6PM, seniors 7PM.
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