Neave it out! Maxxis UK Flat Track Championships Round Five – Race Report
Round five of the 2017 UK Flat Track Championships put on by the DTRA (Dirt Track Riders Association) saw the series continue in spectacular fashion at the Adrian Flux Arena in Kings Lynn. A well prepared and fast riding track, live online coverage and a warm sunny evening that led into floodlit finals provided the perfect setting for some top class flat track racing.
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The Pro class A-final saw Tom Neave get a flying start as he led Alan Birtwistle, Toby Hales, Aidan Collins and Sam Hurst through turn one. Neave was on top form and started to open a gap on his competition. He continued to ride with flawless precision to take the win. Behind, Birtwistle held his line to take second with Hales continuing to ride well as he beat Collins for the final spot on the podium.
In the Restricted class it was Louis Breton who had the edge into turn one with Neil MacQueen, Jon Bell and Joe Banks hot on his heels. It remained tight at the front but MacQueen found his way through into the lead. He continued to ride well to take a well-earned win. The battle behind continued with James Andrew snagging second and Bell held on to third.
The Vintage class saw some closely fought action as Gary Birtwistle, Frank Chatokhine and David Webb all hit the first turn together. It was Birtwistle who pulled ahead with Webb second and Chatokhine chasing hard in third. The battle of the top three continued all the way to the line with Birtwistle taking the win. Chatokhine got the edge on Webb in the final turn relegating him to third as they hit the line.
Mike Hill continued his dominance in the ever-competitive Thunderbike class. Hill got a fast start, moved straight to the front and pulled away for another win in the series. Behind, Geoff Cain was in second with Ross Herrod third. A fast charging Jon Bell worked his way through taking both Herrod and Cain to take second. Herrod held strong for third.
In the Rookie class Grant Martin instantly grabbed the holeshot as he led Lee Sadler and Martin Mills. Martin was on fire as he pulled away for a classy victory. The battle behind continued all the way to the line. Sadler held strong for second with Mills having to settle for third.
The Youth Junior class saw Charlie Kelly back on fine form as he took the win with Wilbur Skip and Thomas Hunt taking second and third respectively. In the Youth Intermediate class Jack Bell rode a brilliant race to take the win ahead of his rival Ted Wilkinson. Luke Gardner rode well to round out the podium.
Round six and seven of the Maxxis 2017 UK Flat Track Championships will place at Amman Valley Trotting Track on August 12-13.