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An Update on Winns Sponsored Speedway Riders

Winns Speedway Update

Team WINN SPEEDWAY season came to a dramatic end last Sunday when Kevin competed in the final round of the Summer 2012 Amateur Speedway Championship held at the Eddie Wright Raceway in Scunthorpe.

Kevin’s outing’s have been severely restricted due to work commitments towards the end of the season and his loan spell with the Berwick Bandits team didn’t result in a lot of points despite a lot of effort around the big Shieldfield Park track. This didn’t stop Berwick inviting him back for further rides so he certainly made an impression on their management and was also invited to be first reserve at the Academy Rider’s Championship meeting;

At Scunthorpe Kevin lead the series by just a few points from Wayne Gosling from Somerset going into this final round and could be pipped at the final hurdle by Wayne and Ivan Howarth ( from Manchester) who was also just a few points behind Wayne and in excellent form.
With a huge entry list and 75 races to get through on a sunny day the scene was set for a climatic day and so it proved to be.

Kevin’s first race was heat 13 which did prove to be unlucky as he fell whilst ahead going into a slippery first turn and was unable to restart the bike to catch up with rivals so a worst start to the day could not have been imagined.

Frantic work by Kevin and his loyal mechanic Ben in stripping the clogged clutch and chains was completed just in time for his second outing in heat 23, which he led from start to finish, rebuilding his confidence as his main rivals had both won their opening rides.

Heat 28 brought Kevin, Wayne and Ivan out against each other with Kevin off gate 2 with Wayne off 3 and Ivan on 4.
Wayne led coming out from the second turn but Kevin was able to drive underneath him going into turn 3 and held both his rivals off till the chequered flag giving the team a massive lift and having the knock on effect of causing both his rivals to drop points into the bargain.

With confidence now restored Kevin was able to win his fourth outing in heat 45 in commanding fashion and as his nearest rivals began to drop further points to other competitor’s the chances of reaching the Grand Final and overall success grew.

Due to a serious accident resulting in a long delay at the track the final qualifying rides had to be cancelled leaving the qualifying scores taken from the four completed rides by all the competitor’s.
Kevin and Wayne both had 9 points from their completed rides with Ivan on 10 and Callum Harris on 11 resulting in Kevin being seeded through to the ‘A’ Final with Ivan and Callum leaving Wayne to have to qualify from the ‘B’ Final as a result of the count back system having been beaten by Kevin early on.

As Kevin watched on in a dramatic twist Wayne was beaten in the ‘B’ Final being overtaken on the very last bend by Hayden Ball ( from Australia) meaning Kevin had now just to finish in the first 3 of the final to win the overall championship trophy.

Not willing to take any chances in the final Kevin shot from gate one and led for all four laps despite a spirted challange from Hayden who made several attempts at outside swoops only to be blocked each time by a clever use of lines by Kevin.

So, Kevin not only won the overall championship, he also collected another trophy for winning the days round and he hasn’t stopped smiling since!

Kevin would like to thank all his sponsor’s for their help throughout the season without whom he would not have been able to compete at all this season.

WINN SOLICITOR’S
SMITH SPEEDWAY PRODUCTS
HARTBURN GARAGE
PIONEER MOTORCYCLES
CHROME TECHNOLOGIES

(Image courtesy of Toa55/ freedigitalphotos.net)

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