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.

Pages from the current Belle Vue Ace's newsletter which covers my 2nd meeting.
Pages from the current Belle Vue Ace's newsletter which covers my 2nd meeting.