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Report: Cycle Speedway Weekly Roundup

Week ending 1st November 2009

Reports, results and images from around the regions.

London Old Masters

31st Oct 2009 | Report: Steve Harvie | Images: Brian Barnett -

Above: Images from the London Old Masters, at East London, Saturday 31 October 2009

Suffolk rider Gary Brown (Somersham / Kesgrave) deservedly became the 13th. different L.O.M winner on a mild October 31st evening at East London CSC in a field of 18 riders, unfortunately missing several Eurovets regulars and 2 late withdrawals, containing four previous winners.

Gary was unbeaten in all 5 of his races winning heat 17 against fellow unbeaten over 40's leaders Ian Lawrence and Norman Venson in the individual to claim grid 1 in the GP Final. The trio was joined by local favourite and twice event winner Dennis Hubble (2001 &2).

This was a cracking final race of the season with Norman Venson taking the lead in a second lap positional shuffle only to be overtaken by a focussed Brown on the penultimate, lap leaving him runner up with Hubble reversing the earlier over 50s "A" Final defeat by Lawrence.

Nonetheless, Lawrence cemented his double aged GP Series Championships for this year. The over 40s "B" final was just as exciting with East London's 2005 winner Les Stevens convincingly winning from ex East Londoner Steve Woodroof. Woodruff enjoyed an excellent meeting ahead of Colin Wheeler and match promoter Steve Harvie who had already met, tying on points, for a race off for choice of over 50's finals, the Southampton legend coming first.

Wheeler was 3rd behind Lawrence and Hubble and ahead of Stevens in that one whilst former 1998 Champion Dave Tulloch triumphed in the "B" version ahead of a tiring 1997 Champion Steve Bloxham, denying Harvie an improved position with previous over 50s champion Fred Rothwell grabbing the 3rd spot.

Wheeler comfortably won a 5 man over 60's final ahead of Tulloch, Chris Riches, series runner up Chic Mackie and sixties star Tony Johnstone. Interspersed between these GP finals 2 consolation races took place with former Beckenham rider Steve Mayhill improving his score from East London stalwart Kevin Smith, Norfolk vet Tim Grimes and Sheffield's re-start (after 43 years) rider John Bush.

Dave Hughes refereed impeccably with Kesgrave mogul Dave Hunting doing the arithmetic in the pits. Trophy presentations were conducted on the centre green by Holland's Johan Koudijs, who provided the main prizes followed by the GP series awards dished out by EL's Dave Flemming recorded on film by Brian Barnett with Toby Millen announcing in front of the large crowd containing former champions Bill Hopkins (1995), Dave Palfreyman (1999) and Lee Galley (2007) and many former SE riders several who "had a go round" at the end of the meeting along with Almere's Donald Reiche and Johan keen to ride in next year's event.

All in all a good finale for the year with a promise of additional meetings for the expanding veterans scene for next season, information which will be found on the Eurovets website along with a full run down of all this years results, standings and statistics.

Other Results

Heathersett Club Events | 25th October 2009

Veterans Championship
1 Dave Chambers 16
2 Tim Grimes 9
3 Mel Perkins 7

Maiden Plate
1 Danny Woods 14
2 Carly Grimes 11
3 Tiffany Collins 11

Best Pairs
1 Dave Martin & Simon Wilcox 35 +5+6 race-offs
2 Dan Chambers & Harley Hamill 35 +5+4 race offs
3 Nick Myhill & Dave Chambers 30 +7 race-off
4 Leon Wild & Tim Grimes 30 +2 race-off