Location: Darley Moor, Derbyshire
Event: 9 March 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Photo: Denise and Stu Dyson
TOP time trial rider Matt Bottrill (Drag2Zero.com) displayed his prowess at circuit racing when he took victory in the first of the Darley Moor Series in Derbyshire on Saturday.
The former British Best All Rounder against the clock, Bottrill crossed the line first at the end of the 22-lap race around a motor racing circuit, a total of 35 miles.
The race was run off in challenging conditions, wet and cold, but this didn’t stop the attacks coming shortly after the race started.
After just two laps a group of four riders had formed at the front, including Bottrill and Carl Dyson (Clay Cross RT). The pace proved too much for the other two riders and on lap five they dropped back and Bottrill and Dyson ploughed on.
The duo worked well together, but by lap 12 Dyson was tiring while Bottrill’s bike handling and acceleration was giving him the edge. He turned the screw just enough to drop Dyson, attacking on a sweeping left hand corner.
The bunch was chasing hard and Bottrill kept the hammer down in search of the win, and for the final ten laps he time-trialled his way to victory.
Dyson teamed up with Clay Cross colleague Blake Cowley and they chased Bottrill, but it was too late to catch him.
"I really did not know what to expect today,” said Bottrill. “I just came here with a training plan set by my coach Bob Tobin, and the strategy worked!
“But one of the key elements into days race was handling the corners. Nobody could handle the pace around the corners and that's where I was making time!"
1 Matthew Botrill (www.drag2zero.com)
2 Carl Dyson (Clay Cross RT)
3 Blake Cowley (Clay Cross RT)
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