The finest weather of the season so far drew 71 riders to an action-packed meet, with a total of 23 races taking place in balmy conditions at the Sussex track. In charge tonight was Daniel Gerrey, at age 19 one of the country's youngest commissaires. The consensus was that he did a great job, indeed he introduced the Under 10/Under 8 age-group to the devil-take-the-hindmost discipline, prompting the excited under-10 rider Bethany Lewis to say after the meet: "We did something really exciting tonight, like the grown-ups!"
After the cancellation of Meet 8 last week, it was back to full-on action with the league sprint championships in all categories. This was a busy evening, starting with 200-metre TT senior qualifiers, then all the heats and finals, and lastly some supporting events which included perhaps the sprint of the season (see below). Rain held off until around 8.50pm, by which time nearly all scheduled races had taken place and the final event was simply shortened by Chief Commissaire Vern McClelland due to the damp track.
(We let him write his own headlines. We know we shouldn’t, but we can’t help ourselves – Ed)
Under threat of rain and darkening skies another good turnout on Monday night saw a long night of action, mainly behind the red Palmer Park Derny’s, with everyone sharing the spoils.
Another glorious night of weather and racing occurred at Palmer Park this Monday evening and to start off the report we’ll tell you about the 10 Lap youth scratch race, which produced some fine attacking racing from a range of ages, but a well timed acceleration from William Macke (U16’s) saw him open up a half lap lead and he comfortably took the solo victory with Harry Strudley the best of the rest.