Saturday, 10 January 2015

Neil Wins Again!

After his win on December 13th last year, Neil was passing it off as a fluke. (He doesn't need the pressure you know). No chance of that now. Having uncharacteristically bided his time at that back of the bunch for 40 minutes, he was paying attention at the right moment when Alex Tinsley, this (off) season's super diesel clipped off the front. "I'd seen him stay away all the way to the victory on December the 20th so I thought he might be a good wheel to go with," he explains.

This did not go unnoticed by another former winner, Graham Crowe of Handsling racing who quickly jumped the gap along with Adam Thompson of Reading CC. 

The quartet worked well and refused to give in, staying within 10 seconds of the bunch for 5 or 6 laps but the elastic seemed to give way soon after as they were joined by Steve Golla of High Wycombe CC. "Once Steve got across to us, I started to believe it would work." said Neil. "He's pretty handy."

And so it did. Neil got a bit tactical (well, for Neil) on the last couple of laps and in so doing, beat Graham and Adam for scratch 3rd. Steve pulled off a sharp move to get the better of Alex for the 'proper' Win, but Neil wasn't far behind, actually managing a sprint.
Neil on the left. Testing his sidewalls. Baynesy's banking also on the left.
This being a Winter Series Article, we shouldn't miss the crashes. One on the back straight with 1.5 to go and a bit of a palaver in the finale. Unluckily for Ian, he was forced off the circuit in the closing metres but was happy to exhibit his bike handling prowess, taking a detour up the grass/mud bank, back down before the line and managed a wheelie over the line. Anyone got that picture? Thanks to Jackie Irvine for this picture. Skippy may be a Saddle Drunk now, but she still wears the TMG Hoodie.

Another grateful mention to Imperial Racing Team. More organiser's nightmares for them as the finish camera broke down. Congratulations on the result you lot. Yes, actually working out the result.

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