Race Report Serpentine June 7

Carolyn Harbeck out sprinting Tony Van Merwyk

E grade finish with Carolyn Harbeck out sprinting Tony Van Merwyk – Photo by Peter Moyses

A number of riders welcomed the return to the flat Serpentine circuit after the Dwellingup hills last week. It was the riders who performed well in last week’s hilly handicap that performed well in this week’s graded scratch races.

The juniors were first away and saw Lowen Ferry out sprint Matthew Connan for the win.

E grade was a tight race which resulted in a bunch sprint, with newcomer Carolyn Harbeck first, club stalwart Tony Van Merwyk a close second and the club oldest racing member 77 year old Ken Portman third.

In D grade the club’s youngest grade racer, fresh from a second in the Dwellingup Handcap Jordan Dawson attacked on the last lap with Cameron Nobbs. The pair destroyed the bunch in the process with Nobbs taking the win, Dawson second and Johnathon Ward having to chase hard for third.

The winner of last week’s Dwellinup Handicap Lachlan Connan was in fine form in C grade. At one stage he was alone off the bunch for half a lap, before being wound in. The resulting bunch sprint saw Connan winning narrowly from Anthony Ellison (fourth last week) second and Tom Power third.

B grade saw Paul Kirby and Troy Coulthard attack on the third of six laps and build a lead of almost 4 minutes from the bunch. Kirby won the sprint from Coulthard. Rebecca Mackey took third with a well time attack late on the final lap and Jaime Ortega lead the bunch home to finish fourth.

In A grade a first lap attack saw Guy Kalma, Luke Pledger and Glyn Fish establish a break, that stayed away the Kalma winning the sprint from Pledger with Fish who had faded, third. Doug Stewart won the bunch sprint for fourth.

Lachlan Connan winning C grade from Anthony Ellison and Tom Power

Lachlan Connan winning C grade from Anthony Ellison and Tom Power – Photo by Peter Moyses