Red Rocks Racing used tactics and strength to notch up their first win in the Team Scratch race at round
4 of the Burkes Cycles Speed League at the Wellington Velodrome in Hataitai. Jon Barnes edged Nick Warren (Burkes Cycles) after the duo broke away with two of Barnes’ team mates just three laps into the 20 lap race.

Barnes kicked with 300m to go while team mate Zac Blakely blocked Warren, helping the under 17 rider open a small gap and hold on for his fourth win of the afternoon. Barnes now holds a solid lead in the under 17s category with the Champion System leaders’ jersey firmly on his shoulders.

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Holly Blakely leads the women’s competition, after winning the C-Category 6 lap Scratch and 2-lap Sprinters’ Scratch but was upstaged by Lee Sampson in the Hares and Hounds race.

With Jon Barnes winning all B Category races, Gareth Warnock picked up two second places in the 8 lap Scratch and Sprinters’ Scratch, and went on to win the 15-lap Handicap with a fine solo ride.

In the A Category, Warren won the 10 lap Scratch, Louis Higgison the Hare and Hounds and Harry Kent taking his first victory of the season in the Sprinters’ Scratch.

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Zac Blakely failed to improve on his best Lemond Fitness Power Play mark and still stands behind Lee Evans whose 17.3 Watts/kg effort set during round 1 heads the table. Martine Barnes and Lee Sampson recorded their first readings with 13.9 Watts/kg and 12.3 Watts/kg respectively.

Next Sunday, December 2, is the Laykold Cup, Wellington’s prestigious track carnival with supporting races and graded racing. Registration begins at 11am, racing starts at 12pm. Round 5 of the Burkes Cycles Speed League takes place at Wellington Velodrome in Hataitai on December 9 at 4pm.

Current overall leaders after Round 4:

Senior: Nick Warren and Peter Moore 46 points each
Female: Holly Blakely 34 pts
Under 17: Jon Barnes 57 pts
Under 15: Oliver Wood 41 pts

Overall Table (Points from round 4)

Jon Barnes U17 Red Rocks Racing 57 (25)
Nick Warren Senior Burkes Cycles 46 (14)
Peter Moore Senior Burkes Cycles 46 (21)
Oliver Wood U15 41 (0)
Louis Higgison U17 38 (21)
Ben Humphries U17 Red Rocks Racing 35 (14)
Regan Bang Senior 34 (3)
Holly Blakely U15 34 (17)
Harry Kent Senior 33 (19)
John Blance Senior 32 (12)
Zac Blakely U17 Red Rocks Racing 32 (11)
Lawrence Farrington Senior 30 (8)
Gareth Warnock Senior Dametruth 30 (19)
Sampson Mollan U15 30 (20)
Liam Sherlock U15 29 (0)
Russell Fairbrass Senior Burkes Cycles 27 (0)
Martine Barnes U15 23 (14)
Ione Johnson U17 23 (16)
Eleanor Pepperell U17 23 (18)
Jamie Thynne Senior Pretty in Pink 22 (8)
Pete Latham Senior 20 (0)
Penny Thomson Senior 20 (10)
Jed McDermott U17 8 Red Rocks Racing 20 (0)
Grant Perry Senior 19 (19)
Ollie Jones U17 17 (0)
Ari Evans U17 Pretty in Pink 16 (9)
Mark Coburn Senior 15 (0)
Nathaniel Fournier Senior 14 (0)
Pat Garrett Senior Dametruth 13 (0)
Lee Evans Senior Pretty in Pink 12 (0)
Steve Chapman Senior 56 12 (12)
Renita Vanderhelm Senior 11 (0)
Craig Anderson Senior 11 (0)
Clive Morrison Senior 10 (0)
Alec Fraser U15 10 (0)
Mike Bell Senior 8 (8)
Ben Powell Senior 4 (7)
James Truebridge Senior 6 (0)
Richard Walker Senior Dametruth 6 (0)
Marcia Taylor Senior 5 (0)
Andrew Bolam Senior 5 (0)
Tim Chai Senior Dametruth 5 (0)
Don Bell Senior 5 (5)
Deanne Teague Senior 5 (0)
William Findlay U15 5 (0)
Sarah Findlay U15 5 (0)
Finn Sherlock U15 5



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