On Wednesday August 12 a small field of 12 riders raced a three lap handicap event at Paraparap. The weather was showery to begin with but cleared to a fine cool day and light north-westerlies. Barry Primmer and John Watson led the field off to a three minute gap to the following field. Peter Ladd from scratch giving Laurie Fitzsimons, Terry Collie and Rob Young one minute. There were two three-man bunches in the mid-field. These came together in the last lap together with the limit markers and the stronger riders all featured in the finish. Those who showed periods of good performance up Misery Lane in the final lap were Gordon Spargo, Terry Collie, Peter Ladd and Tony Spark. The final sprint to the finish was largely the domain of the back markers and Peter Ladd took out the race and the fastest time.
Results: 1. P Ladd, 2. T Collie, 3. G Spargo, 4. J Bell, 5. R Hodgson.
Fastest time: P Ladd – 1.06.00.
Next week’s race will be the Supervets Memorial Handicap over three laps. Entries by 9.30 please.