Wajtknecht Is British U-19 Champion

Zach Wajtknecht was crowned the British Under 19 Champion at Plymouth’s St Boniface Arena on Thursday night after racing to a flawless 15-point maximum from his five programmed rides.

Dan Bewley and Kyle Bickley had an equally productive night with 13 points, which culminated in a run off with Birmingham’s Jack Parkinson-Blackburn to determine second and third place.

Kyle Bickley and Dan Bewley

And it was elation for Belle Vue as Bewley blitzed the competition to finish second overall on the night while 15-year old Bickley followed him home to claim third place on the podium.

The effects of an unfortunate fall in his fourth ride seemed to stick with Cool Running Colts No.4 Jack Smith, who failed to score in his last outing and completed his night eighth with 7 points.

It was a real challenge for his team mate Luke Woodhull who withdraw from the meeting after his fourth ride having scored just the 1 point in total, finishing fifteenth ahead of Jordan Jenkins

But it was valuable experience for the 15-year old, whose twin brother Ben also took advantage of his appearance to finish eleventh overall with 6 points; a fantastic achievement for the young rider.

Colts co-boss Graham Goodwin expressed his delight at having two of his four team members on the podium and paid tribute to Smith and Woodhull for their unfaltering effort and determination.

He said: “We’re thrilled for both Dan and Kyle, and Kyle in particular is beaming at having finished on the podium! It’s an amazing achievement for both these lads and we’re very proud of them.

“Dan was unlucky to drop those points in his third ride. They’d watered the outside ahead of that race and he just couldn’t get traction; and unfortunately he was up against his two biggest rivals.

“It was a frustrating night for Jack and Luke but full credit to them. They gave 100 percent right to the end - despite a dramatic crash for the former - and their efforts all night can’t be faulted.”

Premiership action returns to Manchester next Friday, July 14, when British No.1 and Team GB skipper Craig Cook brings his Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces home to face the Swindon Robins.

Tickets available at www.bellevueaces.co


STANDINGS: Zach Wajtknecht 15, Dan Bewley 13, Kyle Bickley 13, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 13, Jack Thomas 10, Joe Lawlor 8, Henry Atkins 7, Jack Smith 7, Tom Brennan 7, Callum Walker 7, Ben Woodhull 6, Nathan Greaves 5, Luke Harris 4, Jamie Halder 2, Luke Woodhull 1, Jordan Jenkins 0

Photo - Steve Williams

Friday 7th July 2017