Hales does the Amman double. Maxxis Flattrack Nationals Round 7 – Race Report
Round seven of the Maxxis 2017 UK Flat Track Championships put on by the DTRA (Dirt Track Riders Association) series delivered an action packed day of fast racing on the half-mile Amman Valley Trotting Track in Ammanford. A well-groomed track and good weather provided the perfect setting for a second day of top class flat track racing.
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The Pro class final saw Aidan Collins get a flying start as he moved into the lead with Alan Birtwistle and Toby Hales hot on his heels. Birtwistle, who could potentially win the series before the final round, made an early move on Collins to take the lead. Behind, Hales was pressuring Collins who was holding his line and position. Their dogfighting allowed Birtwistle to open a gap as he continued to lead. In the final stages of the race Hales got the jump on Collins to move into second. Instantly, he went on the hunt and soon closed the gap. In the final turn of the race Hales dived under Birtwistle and charged for the line to steal the win. Birtwistle had to settle for second, which was enough to be crowned 2017 Pro class champion, with Collins third.
Once again it was Jordan Miller who was on fire in the Restricted class. Following a good start Jonathan Falkman moved to the front of the race and rode clear. With just a couple of laps to go Jordan Miller turn it up and passed Falkman to move into the lead and take the win. Falkman held on to second with James Andrew third.
Is Gary Birtwistle untouchable in the Vintage class in 2017? It would appear so as simply pulled away from his competition to take the win. Anthony Brown rode a good race for second with David Webb third.
Ross Herrod got a speedy start in the Thunderbike class as he moved into the lead in turn one. Grant Martin was right on him and kept Herrod honest the whole race as he pushed to get through. Herrod held his own for the win with Martin second and Chris Hatton held off some strong competition for third.
Fresh off his victory a day earlier in the Rookie class Martin Mills returned with even greater confidence. He pulled a fast start, moved into the lead and stayed out of trouble to take the win. Lee Sadler rode well for another second in the class with Westley Agius third.
Neil Macqueen was loving the half mile track at Amman as he took his second win of the weekend in the Minibike class. The final podium spots saw Lucia Aucott and Joe Banks once again fighting for position. This time they switched places with Banks taking second and Aucott third.
In the Youth Intermediates Ted Wilkinson took his second win of the weekend. Luke Gardner rode well for second with Jack Bell third. In the Youth Juniors Charlie Kelly took the win with Thomas Hunt second and Wyatt Hopkins third.