Road racing returned to the Casuarina short circuit for the first time in a number of years. This week also saw the return of E grade. Unfortunately, the message has not gotten out to all aspiring racers and Amelia Stones showed determination by completing four laps of an at times challenging 9 kilometre course accompanied by experienced racers.
D grade numbers were swelled by a few riders from last week’s C grade race who did not survive the initial laps. This resulted in a more challenging race for D, which even saw riders trying their luck with solo breakaways. In the end all the breakaways were chased down and in the bunch sprint, Mark Watters was first, Frank Wittwer second and Don Griffin third.
Even with fewer riders than last week, C grade was still a race of attrition. Rounding the final corner there was only 5 of the original 10 riders in the bunch. In the sprint to the line it was Nick Cowie first, Fenton Lambert second and Gary Mason third.
B grade saw 22 riders take to the circuit. The racing was aggressive, with breakaways forming, being chased down, another breakawy forming, riders bridging across. With two laps to go, a three rider breakaway was established and stayed away to the end, with Peter Clark out sprinting Jonathan Bates to take the win, with Jaime Ortega third. Cassia Higgs took out the bunch sprint for fourth.
caption id=”attachment_2637″ align=”alignnone” width=”800″]Cass Higgs takes out the bunch sprint for 4th in B grade[/caption]
A grade was an equally aggressive race, with small breakaways constantly off the front, however in the end it was a bunch sprint. Which was won by Wade Longworth with Craig Cooke second and Luke Banham third.
The racing returns to the Dog Hill course in Baldivis next Saturday afternoon.