Feature Dirt Track Team – Team Greenfield makes Flat Track Nationals debut
Round one of the Dirt Track Riders Flat Track Nationals at the Adrian Flux arena in Kings Lynn, saw our Feature
Dirt Track Team, Team Greenfield’s debut performance. After two three-minute qualifiers Team Greenfield/ Noyes Camp pro riders George Pickering and Gerard Bailo qualified 2nd and 4th respectably, with George completing a 16:303 second lap and Gerard a 16:598. On to the heat races both riders were able to secure wins, which enabled them to transfer straight to the semi-finals. From there George won his semi-final, securing him a position on the front row for the Pro final. Gerard finished 3rd in his semi, in a hard-fought heat won by Peter Boast and Toby Hales coming in a close second. With the top five automatically transferring into the final, Gerard secured his place in the final.
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Thanks to his quick lap time in the semi-final George was rewarded with the first pick of the grid positions, choosing the outside gate. Gerard had the sixth gate pick, so had to settle for a middle row start, choosing the second gate. From there Gerard made an incredible start, racing past the front row to take the lead on lap one of fifteen. However, George wasn’t as fortunate. From the front row George was pushed out wide and had to hang on to the pack in sixth position. After a few laps George was able to pick off Peter Boast and Richard Mason, allowing him to get behind the podium positions. Toby Hales passed Gary Birtwistle, then began the chase for Gerard. Meanwhile George chased Gary and with a few laps to go George was able to push up the inside of Gary to slip into third position. Gerard had been riding his own race, relatively unchallenged in first position, until the last corner of the race. Toby gained momentum on Gerard and coming out of the last corner was able to just creep up Gerard’s inside, leaving it a drag race to the line with Toby just edging his front wheel over before Gerard who finished second, followed by George in third. Both riders showed pure class and style, with some great racing and results.
Sunday’s racing saw Team Greenfield’s junior’s Fergus Bluff and Toby Johnson take to the track. The constant rain overnight left the track in undesirable conditions, with practice used as an opportunity to sight out the track. For the first Youth Intermediate race of the day Fergus Bluff lined up on the outside of the middle row. The slick outside gate wasn’t ideal, making it difficult for Fergus to get drive off the start. After two laps Ted Wilkinson, Luke Gardner, Thomas Hunt and Fergus broke away from the pack, with a considerable lead. Fergus was able to pick his way through to the front to take the lead. Going into the last lap Thomas Hunt got some good drive out of turn two to take the lead, with Fergus finishing in second. Toby Johnson made his race debut in the Youth Junior class. In his four-lap race Toby made great progress building his confidence, racing and switching positions with Lincoln Forte, in very tricky conditions. Toby finished his first race in fourth place.