PICKERING STORMS TO DIRTQUAKE FRIDAY NIGHT FLAT TRACK VICTORY
George Pickering made a winning DTRA return in the traditional Friday night Flat Track meeting at Dirtquake. Pickering, the reigning British number four, has sat out the 2019 DTRA UK Flat Track Nationals to focus on his newly-formed Greenfield Racing Team, but returned to the saddle for the Dash for Cash at Eastbourne’s Arlington Stadium and took the largest share of the £1,000 prize money.
Pickering’s main challenger in the Final was pre-meeting favourite Gary Birtwistle, who rattled off three Heat wins to progress as top seed but failed to capitalise on choice of starting position. It was 2013 Dirtquake winner Peter Boast who made the fastest jump, but the veteran was gradually outgunned in the early laps, as the action turned into a two-horse race. Birtwistle, who had inflicted Pickering’s only defeat of the heat stages on his way to a three-ride maximum, pressured throughout the winner-takes-all Final but could find no way through, getting alongside on occasion but never close enough to make a clean move.
After his swift getaway, Peter Boast faded in third, but saw off challenges first from Tom Clemans and then from Leah Tokelove to complete the podium. Tokelove had a busy ride after a slower start from the middle row, forced to cut her way through traffic to take fourth.
But up front it was Pickering who added his name to the Roll of Honour, becoming the fifth different Dirtquake Open winner and securing a winning return to the race track.