On Wednesday November 25 Supervets raced a three lap handicap event at Paraparap. A field of 19 riders competed under warm and very blustery conditions. Apart from the first circuit the remainder of the race saw the riders buffeted from all sides of the course. Limit riders Ken Mansfield and Dale Jennings led the field away with a gap of 22 minutes to the scratch bunch. Kent Fuller followed in 7 minutes then Don Wilson, Murray Riggs and Bob Osborne from 12 minutes. The 12 and 15 minute mid-markers had a chase on their hands as many of the in-form riders were in the out-marker groups. David Pike, Carl Judd and Peter Ladd from scratch had a 3.30 minute gap to make up and Laurie Fitzsimons was not going to allow that to happen and in the final lap broke away from Tom Gray and Tina Stenos. Meanwhile Ray Clifford was making ground on the front-markers and Don Wilson, Bob Osborne and Richard Buckwell were offering support. David Pike having teamed with Peter Ladd found the race to his liking and a final effort from him almost clinched success. Laurie Fitzsimons proved too strong and once again showed clear wheels to the remaining field running over the line well clear of Ray Clifford and David Pike. A good final lap from Dale Jennings secured him fifth place.
Results: 1. L Fitzsimons, 2. R Clifford, 3. D Pike, 4. D Wilson, 5. D Jennings, 6. T Gray, 7. T Stenos, 8. J Watson.
Fastest time: D Pike – 1.06.23. Winner’s time: L Fitzsimons – 1.28.11.
Next week’s race will be a three lap handicap event.
Entries by 9.30 please.