Over the years I can’t think how many times I’ve raced at Bringewood, it’s always a good track that produces some good racing. As usual the Pearce Cycles crew had the event running like clock work; they don’t get the reputation as the best organised races in the country for nothing. The uplift was moving the packed race of 370 people with ease and that’s the most important thing to racers.
Saturday morning practice greeted the riders with a lot of rain, not many riders were practicing in the rain and waited for it to go off. The rain made the top section almost unrideable to many riders so Dave Pearce made the decision to move the start. This proved to be one of the highlights of the weekend because a quarter of the track was now loamy fresh turns that the riders were loving. Literally about 60 riders and Dave cleared the track and taped it; that’s it no grooming. This new section was really good fun drifting and trying to still hold good speed. Cut spikes were the most popular choice finding plenty of grip. As Saturday practice wore on the track dried out enough to change to dry tyres but as soon as practice finished the heavens opened and it was back to cut downs.
Sunday came around it was dry to start with. The track was still wet enough to run spikes, after all the first race runs were done the track was dry enough to change to drys. All the categories apart from senior expert and elite had drier conditions for there 2nd runs. After a couple of Elites had left the start it poured down and then hailed. Track was very slippery with puddles everywhere and it was impossible to go faster than first runs. Credit to Ollie Burton who still managed a 2.08 in the wet conditions, cracking result from him. Ollie was also fastest on the first run so took the win from favourite Joe Smith and Burgtec’s very own Dan Critchlow got 3rd and fastest split time. Was really good to see World Champion Tracey Moseley in the house! She took an easy win by over 20 seconds in the Elite women’s race. Junior Men produced some good racing, Will Mapstone taking his first win of the season. Burgtec’s friend Janine Wolstenholme took the win the Masters ladies and Burg managed a 13th in Masters men. A good result seeing that he hasn’t raced for a few years.
Next Pearce round is at Hopton on the 11th and 12th of June, Hopefully the Burgtec van will be in attendance and we’ll see you there.