The South & South Wales region dominated the field at Astley & Tyldesley last Sunday to take the victory in Round 4 of the Women’s Battle of Britain competition, securing the overall title.
Women's Battle of Britain
An impressive full field saw a mix of some of the top women's riders in the UK take the grid with a host of young, upcoming challengers who gave an impressive account in front of a noisy crowd.
Rebekah Humphries (Midlands) finished the day as top scorer with 21 points but it wasn’t enough to topple a strong South & South Wales side who had strength in depth and looked determined to overturn the North & Scotland who took the win in the previous round at Birmingham.
A young South East & Eastern Region rounded out the score card with 53 points, but by only fielding 4 riders their day was on the back foot before the first heat. Strong riding by Lily Parr saw the youngster finish on 19 points, second highest score of the match.
1. SOUTH & SOUTH WALES - 69 Points
2. MIDLANDS - 61 Points
3. NORTH & SCOTLAND - 56 Points
4. SOUTH EAST & EASTERN - 53 Points
Battle of Britain: Overall Series
1. SOUTH & SOUTH WALES
2. NORTH & SCOTLAND
4. SOUTH EAST & EASTERN
Women's Elite GP Series
Emily Burgess took the win in the A final to secure the overall series title. Arguably the best female rider in the UK currently, Burgess came into the final round as favourite to add to her win in the previous round at Birmingham but a strong challenge by Leicester’s Lizzie Rigley saw the pair finish their qualifying heats on 19 points apiece.
Poole’s Sandra Tamborska finished her day a point adrift of the lead pair and with Lauren Hookway(Exeter) rolling home on 17 points the crowd looked to be in with an exciting final. Burgess stormed away from grid 3 and there really was nothing the rest of the field could do to catch her.
Round 4: Elite A Final
1. EMILY BURGESS
2. SANDRA TAMBORSKA
3. LIZZIE RIGLEY
4. LAUREN HOOKWAY
1. EMILY BURGESS - 50 Points
2. SANDRA TAMBORSKA - 40 Points
3. LIZZIE RIGLEY - 36 Points
Nataleigh Goulden(Poole) ended the day unbeaten on 20 points to secure her place in the Intermediate A final along with team mate Daisy Sherwood who dropped a point against Goulden in the 10th heat. Exeter’s Shannon Tucker finished with 18 points and Ella Case(Kesgrave) rounded out the final with 17.
Goulden made no mistake in the final to take the win and the series overall, Sherwood took 2nd and Case 3rd.
Round 4 Intermediate A Final
1. NATALEIGH GOULDEN - POOLE
2. DAISY SHERWOOD - POOLE
3. ELLA CASE - KESGRAVE
4. SHANNON TUCKER - EXETER
1. NATALEIGH GOULDEN
2. DAISY SHERWOOD
3. SHANNON TUCKER
Men's Battle of Britain
The Midlands took the win and their second win of the series to claim the mens Battle of Britain title.
A modest turn out saw no representation from the South West & Wales and with the South East & Eastern region only fielding three riders, The Midlands arguably had an easy day although the North & Scotland put up a spirited challenge, with Reece Pollit top scoring for the region with 14 points from the 18 heat match.
Ash Hill and Ben Clarke had a long day on the shale, both South East riders having to share the bulk of the rides to make up for their missing riders, both giving good accounts finishing the day on 23 and 21 points respectively.
1. THE MIDLANDS - 61 Points
2. NORTH & SCOTLAND - 58 Points
3. SOUTH EAST & EASTERN - 54 Points
Men's Elite GP Series
In the Afternoons Elite GP Chris Timms(Birmingham) rode to a perfect 20 point maximum to take the match win on the day and the series overall to add to his series victory in 2018.
An impressive ride by Ben Clarke(Ipswich) saw the youngster end his day on 19 points, only dropping a point to Timms in the third heat. Reece Pollitt, riding on his home track took the third spot with 18 points to round out the podium and take second overall in the series.
1. CHRIS TIMMS - BIRMINGHAM - 20 Points
2. BEN CLARKE - IPSWICH - 19 Points
3. REECE POLLITT - A&T - 18 Points
1. CHRIS TIMMS - BIRMINGHAM - 50 GP Points
2. REECE POLLITT - A&T - 31 GP Points
3. ASH HILL - IPSWICH - 28 GP Points