What a Month!
There has been some real highlights this month and I’ve put in some pretty good performances which has been great.
Aust –v- GB Test Match
I was invited to represent Australia in the third and fourth legs of the test match. Unfortunately, the third round was rained off but I rode in the fourth leg which was held at Newcastle. It was great to ride with 6 other Australians in an all Aussie side. GB turned up with a really strong team and totally outrode the Australians however, I was really happy with my performance as I ended up being the only Australian to win a heat and was Australia’s top scorer on 6+1 points.
Guesting in the Elite League
I had my first experience in the Elite League (the top level of racing in the UK) when I was invited to guest for Swindon. Riding in the reserve position I was pretty much on the pace but didn’t manage to score any points.
The following week I was asked to guest for Belle Vue which is the team that our No. 1 rider (Craig Cook) is the captain of. Craig put in a good word for me with the Belle Vue management and they agreed to give me a go. My first meeting I scored 2 +1 points and was quite happy with how I went. They must have been relatively happy too because they invited me back the following week to ride for them against Wolverhampton in an away meeting at the Wolves home track. I had an great night and scored 11+2 points which helped the Aces win the night over the highly fancied Wolves. I was again scheduled to ride for Belle Vue the following Monday until I had a bad fall at our home meeting which has put me out for a few weeks.
Monarchs continue to challenging for honours
At the end of July I was moved back to the main body of the team due to my average which was too high to remain at the reserve position. As expected I took a couple of meetings to adjust to the more challenging rides but I was then moved to the No. 2 position and things started to come together.
By he end of the month I was feeling pretty comfortable at No. 2 and getting some really good scores. I even managed to be running on a paid maximum score at one home meeting and got to contest heat 15, which is an honour given to the best two performers of the night from each team. I came in third so just missed out on a paid maximum for my night’s work but was wrapped to get into a Monarchs heat 15 in my first season.
The team has continued to do really well and we’ve been on and off the top of the ladder a couple of times and looking in a pretty good position coming into the playoffs.