Half Mile – Maxxis Flat Track Nationals Round 6 & 7 – Preview
The awesome Maxxis Flat Track Nationals heads to the hallowed turf of the 1/2 mile course at Ammanford in South Wales.
Feature image courtesy of Ian Roxbough
With rounds 6 & 7 both taking place at the Super fast circuit this weekend it could be make or break for the title contenders. In the Pro Class Alan Birtwhistle has been in sublime form but former Speedway ace and multiple times Flat Track champ Aidan Collins will favour the intense speed of the half mile. Youngster Toby Hales won a round here last year and is also still in the title mix and if he can turn his raw talent into raw speed he will be one to watch. A huge spoiler could be Spanish Flat Track racer Gerad Bailo who returns to the UK after putting in two great performances at Greenfield earlier in the year. Bailo currently lies 2nd in the Spanish Flat Track Championships and will be racing the injured Alexz Wigg’s Machine.
The Restricted class is as tight as you like with the top 5 racers being separated by 5 points and all of them will be looking to come away from the half mile with the series lead before they head for the tiny Eastbourne circuit for the final round, a track which could be fit inside Ammanford 3 or 4 times. James Andrews has been consistent and despite not winning a round leads the standing on 60 points. His challengers though include Round 3 winner Ross Lewington on 57 points, Round 1 and 2 winner Skye Adams on 56 points, Neil Macqueen the last round winner, also on 56 and and round 4 winner Louis Breton on 55 points. Pick a winner out of that lot!
Lee Sadler heads the field in the Rookie class with a 10 point lead over his closest rival Martin Mills. Pro leader Alan Birthwhistle’s brother Gary will be looking to continue his run of 4 wins on the bounce in the Vets but he could find things tough riding on his smaller machine, whilst in the Thunderbike class Mike Hill will be going all out to make it his 4th & 5th win’s in a row.
Ferran Mas is the leader in the immense Hooligan class but will be under pressure from a host of super fast racers including Ross Sharp and Jonathan Falkman.
In the Minibike class Neil Mcqueen has been taking the series by storm with 4 wins from 4… can anyone stop him this time round?
The Youth Junior class see’s Charlie Kelly with the championship lead but he will have hot competition from Wilbur Skipp, Thomas Hunt and Maddie Banks. Jack Bell will be looking to keep up his fantastic form in the Youth Senior class but the only racer to beat him this year, Ted Wilkerson will be looking to replicate that feat.
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