Great Britain’s Liam Phillips completed a superb hat-trick of time trial wins at the Manchester UCI BMX Supercross World Cup on Saturday.
The 26-year-old, winner in 2013 and 2014, delighted the home crowd as he carved out a lap time of 28.713 seconds in the superfinal at the National Cycling Centre.
“Overall - a great result, decent lap time as well,” Phillips said.
“Just ready to build on that tomorrow. The crowd was cheering constantly and obviously the biggest roar is when you cross the finish line.
“It wasn’t until I got way past the finish line before everybody started cheering and there was a split second when I though I hadn’t done quite enough.
“To win was fantastic.”
As defending world cup champion, Phillips’ lap was the final act of the first day of competition and the 2013 world champion did not disappoint.
Set a time of 28.838 seconds to beat by American Connor Fields, Phillips dealt with the pressure to deliver a smooth and powerful lap, leading at each time check.
British champion Kyle Evans was sixth, setting a time of 29.506 seconds for his lap.
Earlier Britain’s Quillan Isidore, Tre Whyte and Charlotte Green all progressed through the qualifying motos to reach Sunday’s men’s and women’s racing respectively.
Whyte was 11th after three runs as the top 48 men join the 16 superfinal riders in Sunday's racing.
Eighteen-year-old Isidore was 39th but it was cruel on junior rider Paddy Sharrock as he missed out by a single place, in 49th.
Green was ninth in the women's qualifying as the top 24 progressed.
Racing continues on Sunday from 3pm.