Hales Wins Amman. Maxxis UK Flat Track Championships Round 6 – Race Report
Round six of the Maxxis 2017 UK Flat Track Championships put on by the DTRA (Dirt Track Riders Association)
series delivered an action packed weekend of fast racing at the half-mile Amman Valley Trotting Track in Ammanford. A superb circuit and good weather provided the perfect setting for a closely fought day of flat track racing.
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The Pro class final saw Aidan Collins get a fast start as he led into turn one with young hotshot Toby Hales second and 2016 DTRA Champion, Alan Birtwistle, in third. All three were close and pushing each other as the race unfolded and they pulled away from the rest of their competition. Then Hales made his move and blasted down the back straight passing Collins on the outside to move into the lead. Hales pulled away to take a classy victory. Behind, Collins and Birtwistle exchanged places several times. Birtwistle managed to hold the advantage to take second with Collins third.
A new guard of young hotshots has moved into the Restricted class for the 2017 season and have been shaking things up. It was youngster Jordan Miller who rode a brilliant race to take the win. James Andrew rode smart for second with Grant Martin continuing to ride well for third.
Gary Birtwistle continued his winning streak in the Vintage class with a fast race that saw him take the chequered flag. Andrew Smith rode a good race for second with the ever improving John Harrison in third.
The Thunderbike class always delivers a competitive race with so many fast riders on the start line together. Amman didn’t disappoint with George Pickering taking top honours despite an ankle injury. Once again Grant Martin and Mike Hill were in the mix. Martin stayed smooth for second with Hill holding on to third.
The Rookie class was faster and more competitive than ever before with Martin Mills and Lee Sadler once again doing battle for the top spot. Miller pulled ahead on the fast Amman track for the win. Saddler did a good job for second and Richard Gardner once again climbed on the podium in third.
Neil Macqueen, Lucia Aucott and Joe Banks were all in superb form in the Minibike class. Macqueen managed to pull ahead and stay out of trouble for the victory. Aucott rode a good race for a well-deserved second with Banks third.
In the Youth Intermediates Ted Wilkinson took the win with Luke Gardner second and Jack Bell third. In the Youth Juniors Charlie Kelly took the win with Thomas Hunt second and Wyatt Hopkins third.