The first race of the night was a hot lap scratch pitting Bayden against fellow whippet Anton Lupinski. Anton has one more track season under his miniature bike and was able to shade Bayden by half a length (of the straight).
Race two saw a two lap scratch with Ethan Berends against serial state podium-er Alyssa Saward. An evenly matched race for the most part, with Ethan the victor at the line.
Seven senior men took to race three, a four lap scratch, with the internationals showing up the locals to take all three places. Chris Jahnz (TAS) gave notice of his early season track form with a comfortable win over Peter Wheatley (UK) from Richard Berends (NZ).
Race four was a junior handicap over 2 laps, with handicaps based on the best judgement of quite possibly the worst judges available. Bayden Scott off 200m managed to hold on for first place from Ethan Berends and Alissa Saward, with Anton Lupinski in forth, unlucky to have been given a very tough mark.
The senior elimination started way too quick for most with Chris Janhz signalling his intention by spreading the field as soon as the neutral lap had been completed. Chris rode each of his opponents off his wheel over the next six laps to win by 150 meters. Clearly better than his competition on the night, we hope that Chris will benefit from the return of Nathan Hardaker and the Warburton twins plus the odd cameo for our other elite riders.
The three lap junior handicap pushed the kids out to cover 1km, and whilst conceding almost a full lap, Ethan Berends closed the gap to win from an impressive Alissa Saward, with Anton Lupinski and Bayden Scott elevating high cadence to an art form in 3rd and 4th.
The seven seniors then raced a 10 lap points race, with sprints worth 3, 2, & 1 points on the 5th and last lap. A very tight first sprint saw Matt Vagg, Chris Janhz & Matt Hoy across the line, while the final sprint again saw Chris Jahnz first with Richard Berends & Matt Vagg within a meter. Final result, Chris Jahnz winning on 5pts, Matt Vagg second on 4pts, Richard Berends third with 2pts and Matt Hoy in forth with 1 point.
A solid night of racing finished with an Italian pursuit, the home straight team of Anton, Ethan, Steve Sloan, Richard Berends & Matt Vagg just edging out Bayden, Alissa, Peter, Matt Hoy and anchor Chris Jahnz.
Don’t forget training Tuesday night, 4.30pm for juniors, 5.30pm for seniors, racing each Friday night from 6pm, get their earlier to warm up. There are club bike available to ride for those that want to come down and have a go, we would love to see you there.