Astley & Tyldesley enjoy a busy and hot weekend of top level racing, recording some excellent results. A&T had a strong turn out of riders at Bury on Saturday, having qualified as North Regional winners, for the 1st round of the British Youth & Junior League national series. A&T ran out winners of the twelve teams who contested the Little League competition, for u-8 and u-10 riders. A&T's total of 92 points put them well clear of Suffolk side, Kesgrave, who finished 2nd. In the u-8 Grand Prix 'A' Final, A&T's Aiden Green finished 2nd, with team mate Frank White 3rd. Duncan Whalley finished 4th in the u-10 Grand Prix 'A' Final.
A&T took 2nd place, out of eight teams, in the British Youth & Junior League competition, for u-12, u-14, u-18 and Girls riders. A&T's John White began his defence of the British u-12 Grand Prix title, by winning all his races in the qualifiers and comfortably winning the u-12 Grand Prix 'A' Final. Ciaran Collins put in a great effort in the u-18s match, finishing 2nd in the Grand Prix 'A' Final. 14 year old Emily Burgess maintained her blistering form this year, scoring 15 points in the qualifiers, before racing to victory in the Girls Grand Prix 'A' Final, heading home World u-16 Girls Champion, Macie Schmidt, of Poole.
A&T travelled to Hull on Sunday to contest the Northern K.O. Cup competitions. A&T won the 1st Semi-Final, finishing 4 points ahead of the home club, with Bury well adrift. Steve Harris raced unbeaten, with Pawel Idziorek dropping one point. Hull qualified for the Final, as higher scoring runners-up, with Sheffield qualifying from winning the 2nd Semi-Final.
The Final was keenly contested and after 12 heats, A&T finished level with Hull on 43 points apiece, so a run-off was needed to determine the winner. Hull's Andy Angell won the toss for starting positions and took the favoured inside grid. A&T's Reece Pollitt chased hard all the way, but Angell took the win for Hull to claim the Northern K.O. Cup.
The Junior Final was very keenly contested throughout, with all four teams in with a shout of winning throughout the whole match. Just one point separated all four teams after 14 of the 16 races! Stockport made a late charge to take the victory, with Bury 2nd. A&T's Ciaran Collins beat Sheffield's Ed Morton in a run-off for 3rd place, after both teams had tied on 37 points.
Astley & Tyldesley will take on Bury in a Northern League fixture at Gin Pit next Sunday, 1 pm start.