A combination of the time of year, the heat and the final race of the team events in Bentley, meant there where only six riders in most grades today and no A grade. Which allowed all four grades to race on the circuit at the same time, to try and beat the heat. The small numbers, the heat and a strong northerly, made for tactical racing today.
The juniors covered their three laps before everybody else started, in a tight finish Jake Brown narrowly beat his brother Todd with newcomer Zayne Gardiner third
In E grade the bunch stayed together for the race, two attacks did unhitched a couple of riders. However it was always going to be a bunch sprint and it looked like Ethan McConnachie had done enough for the win, only to get pipped by a fast finishing Jordan Dawson on the line. Michael Prodonovich had an impressive debut race, just finishing behind the pair.
With D Grade, Clint Hort bravely attacked from the start and at one stage he had built up a lead of almost half a lap, before the peleton decide to give chase. Clint was caught with only a couple of laps to go, which set up a bunch sprint won by Dave Porter, with John Bywater finishing second, his first podium finish after almost a year of trying in D grade. With the ever reliable Phil Devenish finishing 3rd.
C grade, with only 5 riders, produced the fastest average lap times of all the grades. However, there was still 4 riders at the finish, with Mark Wilshen narrowly beating Andrew Brown with Mic Fic 3rd.
B grade, was the more tactical race, at time circulating slower than D grade, then short bursts of speed as riders attacked. It looked like it was going to finish is a bunch sprint when triathlete and first time criterium racer Luke Matthews launched an attack with a few laps to go and rode away from the group to take the win. Ben Blacklock won the bunch sprint for second from Adam Wise.
The numbers might of been down, the heat and wind up, but overall there was good racing and some impressive performances today, with a few riders likely to of earned promotion to the next grade.