Tuesday 1st August 2017.
A poor turnout of just six riders meant no match as such on a perfect evening, but we did instead do some timed laps and followed it with a set of 2-rider pursuits, decent exercise and good fun if nothing else!
Sam, Bradley, Malcolm, Jordan, Jason and Terry present. Track was a little slippery as the wind and hot sun had completely burned off the heavy rain we'd had previously this week!
Tuesday 25th July 2017.
A few cool days following the weekend’s heavy rain kept plenty of moisture in the track for this training session and like Sunday the grip levels were at maximum. It’s a shame there weren’t more riders present to take advantage of it.
With nine available, five took on four and produced another entertaining fixture, the four men using rider replacement successfully to ease to the win. With everyone having just 4, 3 or even 2 rides we ran a pair of individual semis and a grand final to round of the session. Jordan Smith had a great night in this one with some impressive riding.
It was the four top scorers in semi 1 dicing for the two top positions, and the other five taking to the grid for semi 2.
That put Jason and Lee through from the first, and Dan Wharrier and Terry from the second. Jason went through the card unbeaten while TK managed an outside run on his shoulder from the gate in the final to finish second, with Lee third and a tiring Dan fourth.
Tuesday 18th July 2017.
Another minimal set of riders on yet another perfect evening, the track now very loose on top and dust blowing around in the cool breeze. Everyone handled it pretty well but breathing was somewhat tricky at times. Two pretty much imbalanced sides on paper saw a complete reversal of fortune on track with John Wilson blasting away from the gate to win heat one after Dan Wharrier's chain escaped, and Dan Redshaw overhauled by a well-rested and flying young Dan Thompson! More good fortune followed for the "home" team in the next with Lee Redshaw getting the better of Jason Keith into turn one and his mate interfering with the Viking's skipper just enough to slow him down a tad. Two unexpected heat wins but there was another in the offing as Dan T flew away to win while wily old fox Norman Carson held Paul Thompson and Malcolm Douglas back for a terrific four laps. Surely collapse was imminent? Well, no! Lee took another two fantastic wins against the Dans and Jason to see his team lead 41-27 at the interval and would have scored another win had he not slipped a pedal in heat 11. Somehow the away side suffered another two heat losses for no major gains and the job was done, against all bets!
Tuesday 11th July 2017.
Just enough bods with TK still not fit enough to ride, still a decent, fun workout for the lads on a lovely evening.
Tuesday 16th May 2017.
Not too many turning out for this one on a fine evening for racing, the track retaining only very slight dampness after a very wet Monday, but as usual grip was excellent. Plenty of bike swapping going on as John Wilson strives to find the ideal shape and size after 5 years on his trusty steel Archie Wilkinson, now definitely showing its age, to say nothing of its weight.
Tuesday 9th May 2017.
Another fine display by Lee Redshaw to snatch the win with a great defense against Jason keith in their final race, heat 20. A slip by Jason at the pits bend lap 3 may have cost him the chance of victory.
Also more good effort from Jordan, Dan T and Bradley tonight as they continue to progress. Quite a nice evening for racing with just a bit of a breeze.
Tuesday 2nd May 2017.
A cold start but the wind eased slightly. Bone dry track, pretty dusty but everyone stayed upright except for Malcolm's slight tip-off, nowt to do with the track though!
Once again some exceptional performances from the slightly reduced turnout with all our younger riders having at least a couple of great rides and no-one even noticed how many rides I made them take although there may have been the odd 3-lapper in there.
Thanks to under-the-weather spectator Ashie Pattrerson for his help in preparing the track for Saturday's Euro-Vets meeting once this match was over, this year we stage Round One and are hoping for a great turnout from the Vikings' Elders!
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