Excellent turn out for todays competition.
U8 was won my Ollie Reynolds, with Daisy and Charlie getting 2nd and 3rd place. U10 A Final was an all Kesgrave affair with the U10 British Team winning combination of Lewis, Ollie, Jake and Alfie – and they finished in that order. U12 A final involved Tyler chasing the U13 British Team runners up (Ipswich) and came in 4th.
When we left Kesgrave were 50 points ahead of Ipswich hopefully this gap remained during the final rounds! Photos are available Photos=>2013=>BJYL
Kesgrave Panthers Cycle Speedway Club have retained their British Under 10 team title for the 4th consecutive year. Team selection again causing the manager Paul Brinkhoff headaches, due to the quality of young riders available to him. However the team once again done the club proud, with what was in the end an emphatic win.
The team of 5 was lead by captain and current British Individual Under 10 Champion Lewis Brinkhoff, who cruised to a 16 point maximum. He was well backed up by Jake Vincent, a rider who just missed out on a team place last year, but showed his quality and speed by scoring 15 points.
It didn’t all fall Kesgrave’s way in the first half though. In heat 3, home club Poole made a tactical move by introducing their strong reserve onto the favoured gate 1. Oliver Wright, from gate 4, was neck and neck with the Poole rider for 2 and half laps before taking a tumble on the 2nd bend, to finish in 4th position. Then in heat 8 Oliver Reynolds was holding a good lead when he fell in almost the same position on the track. These 2 unfortunate races allowed Ipswich to pull 4 points ahead at this point and hold a 1 point lead going into the interval.
However, after the interval it was all Kesgrave. With strong reserve Alfie Steward coming in for a couple of rides and joining his captain on maximum points.
Result from Poole:
Kesgrave “Pedal Power” Panthers 54, Lewis Brinkhoff 16, Jake Vincent 15, Ollie Wright 8, Alfie Steward 8, Oliver Reynolds 7
Ipswich Eagles 44, Charlie Johnson 13, Gemma Hill 12, Ben Clarke 11, Liam Fleming 4, Kristian Mitchell 4
Poole 38, Exeter 35, Underwood (Newport) 29
The Panthers Under 13 British team went onto Exeter for their competition.Despite some hard racing they were edged out of their semi final by Sheffield and Exeter. But with the whole team of Tyler and Lewis Brinkhoff, Evan and Jake Vincent and Jay Berry still qualifying for this age group age group next season, they have high hopes for a better result.
Final Scores from Exeter: Exeter 48, Ipswich 44, Sheffield 33, Poole 32
Anyone interested in trying the exciting sport of cycle speedway can either visit the club’s website at: www.kesgravepanthers.co.uk or come down to the track, by the Community Centre, on a Monday evening for a free trial.
On a sunny but windy day the Panther’s stamped their authority on the British U10 team event, retaining the title for the 4th year on the trott. A brilliant team performance, which was carefully and skillfully managed by Paul Brinkhoff.
We had a few nervous moments in the early rounds when Ollie Wright, overtaking to gain the lead, was pushed wide and slipped on the dusty surface. Then Ollie Reynolds after an amazing gate which gained him a clear lead, fell off on lap 2. I was writing the score in my book so actually missed what happened! Both riders quickly recovered and finished their races although clearly shaken.
The second half was very well controlled, with lots of maximum points. Alfie, in the anchor reserve slot, stepped up to get maximum points from his two races. Lewis secured maximum points and I was proud of Jake for holding back on the one race he didn’t win – he really wanted to overtake but it was not necessary to get the overall title. Ollie Wright and Ollie Reynolds had some wins and some unlucky tumbles – which made the event a bit more interesting!
Photos from our recent victory available in Photos=>2013=>2013 U10 British Champs
There is a great article on the Spokesman in the Club Champs section.
We couldn’t match last year’s performance in the under 13 catergory. We where in the first semi finals and after some very close racing and a couple of ref decisions not going our way – just missed out of coming second. Photos uploaded here.
Maybe next year!
A sunny day out in Swindon, unfortunately the Kesgrave riders had a couple of falls and unlucky draws – Evan slipped on his pedals in the heat for the last place in the final, and so ended up as 2nd reserve.
Good to see Evan and Jay recovered quickly and beat some of the U13 finalists in the U13 team event the next day. Photos now uploaded.
Well done to Pierce Bacon from Ipswich for coming third especially after a nasty fall. A good representation from Suffolk who took over the local mountain
Recieved a message to the clubs email regarding if anyone is interested in the Red Cross Nightriders event.
While the capital sleeps, Red Cross Nightriders will set off from Crystal Palace at our very own bespoke start time of 8/9 June 2013 11:00pm. They will encounter London’s most famous streets and buildings: Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Hampstead Heath, London Zoo, Piccadilly Circus, London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square, just to name a few!
If you want any more information see the Red Cross Nightriders site or contact Melanie Packer in the National Events Team on 0844 412 2877
Due to the as yet incomplete electrical improvements at the Ipswich track we have swapped dates with Kesgrave so now on Wednesday 10th April the above event will be held at Kesgrave and on Wednesday 8th May it will now be at Ipswich.
Thanks to Kelly for setting up the Kesgrave Panthers Facebook page, please visit and like it.
I have added an archive of the newsletters sent out by the chairman.
Summary of next two weeks events – full details for April 2013
Saturday 6th April
Youth & Junior Round 1 & South East GP Round 1 at Hethersett.
Sunday 7th April
Senior Meeting at home V Hethersett
The Team has been advised to be at track for 1.30pm (2pm start)
If anybody can come along to help out (flags & start button) then please come along and give us a hand.
Wednesday 10th April
Suffolk Under 9, Under 13 & Under 18 GP Round 1 at Ipswich. (Start 7pm so be there for 6.30pm to book in)
Sunday 14th April
Kesgrave Club Championships Round 1 (of 4)