Final Round World U21 Championship, Golden Ribbon & Golden Helmet
I’ve had a very busy and successful weekend in Parbudice, Czech Republic which included three days racing commencing with the Junior Golden Ribbon event on Friday afternoon, followed by the final round of the World U21 Championship on Saturday and the prestigious Golden Helmet on Sunday.
Initially I registered for the Junior event because I thought it would provide me with some vital practice on the track where the U21 was being run the following day. I’ve had some engine problems lately and this would give my team an opportunity to try and sort our some issues before the U21. I had a great event and won it. Winning the Golden Ribbon was a huge confidence boost heading into the U21 title and it is always great to get a win, no matter what the event. The added bonus was it gave me qualification into the very highly regarded Golden Helmet on Sunday.
On Saturday the U21 Final round was a really good meeting with the top riders fighting to retain their overall positions. I was happy to score 11 points which put me 5th for the third round and 6th in the overall Championship. The closeness of the scores throughout the final round made the meeting pretty stressful but I’m happy with how I performed and don’t think I could have done any better. The calibre of rider in this competition is exceptional and realistically, I’m happy to have finished in 6th position after a difficult second round where I dropped some important points. I still have another two years in the Championship to contest the World Title so hopefully I can improve next year on this result.
It was then onto the prestigious Golden Helmet event on Sunday. There are 32 riders in the event and we go through a number of elimination rounds in order to progress. Each round obviously getting more and more difficult. I made it through the first round with full points and in the second round got a 2nd and 4th which wasn’t enough to progress to the semis however, it was a great event to be a part of and one that I’d really love to win one day.
It’s now back to the UK for Monday night where the Belle Vue Aces take a 14 point lead into the away Semi Final against the Swindon Robbins. We have a fairly comfortable lead but can never underestimate a strong team like the Robbins on their home track. The winner on aggregate will progress to the Elite League Grand final. This is a very exciting time for the Aces who have not been in a semi-final for the previous 10 years so hopefully we can all perform at our best and get through to the final.