Once again not our words below, but a lot of fun was had, JP remembered his shoes which was a plus and led into the last corner and acted as leadout man for Ed who managed to hold on for 3rd and Rob scored his first points of the year with a solid 8th.
Allan didn’t compete in group B due to a school sports day parents race incident! Joycey performed well as usual.
The fourth race of this years NMRRL saw a return to the Dinnington circuit and was contested by Groups B & C.
The Group B race was the most eventful of the three so far. James Mappin (Geared Up Cycles) held a small lead over Chris Last (Carnac/Planet X) & Steve Bunting (Rutland CC) at the end of the first lap, with the bunch 12 seconds back. A lap later and it was the turn of Adam Lathbury (Rutland CC) to open up a 10 second advantage on the bunch. At half distance, Rupert Pearson (Rutland CC) & Graham Walton (Common Lane Occasionals) now held a small advantage which, a lap later, they had increased to 20 seconds over Jake Harrison (Bolsover & District CC) with the bunch a further 6 seconds back. At the bell, the leading duo were still out in front with Richard Stevenson (Rutland CC) just about the bridge the gap and the bunch having reduced their advantage to 20 seconds.
In the end, it all came down to a bunch sprint where Bunting proved to be the strongest ahead of Joseph Law (Doncaster Wheelers) & Jack Rowland (Harworth & District CC) with Daryl Plant (Out of the Saddle CC) & Rob Blackburn (TLI) rounding off the top five.
Rowland’s 3rd place enabled him to increase his lead in the Group B Overall Standings ahead of first week winner Wailoo with Bunting moving into 3rd place.
In the Group C race, Richard Lambert (Out of the Saddle CC) & Edward Davies (7 Hills CC) held a small advantage at the end of the first lap. A lap later and it was the turn of Chris Cunningham (Out of the Saddle CC) to open up a 7 second advantage on the bunch, which he had increased to 17 seconds by half distance. With 2 laps to go, Cunningham’s solo breakaway had been nullified and it was Lambert, once more, making an effort but the bunch were determined not to let anyone get away and the race stayed together over the closing laps.
The bunch sprint was clearly won by Mark Barnard (Out of the Saddle CC) ahead of debutant, Alexander Prince (TLI) with Davies in 3rd place & last year’s Group C winner Garry Hill (Dinnington RC) in 4th.
After just 2 races, Barnard now has a clear lead in the Group C Overall Standings, ahead of first race winner John Catley (Barnsley Road Club) & Prince.
1. STEVE BUNTING M RUTLAND CC 29 miles in 1hr 13mins 37secs
2. JOSEPH LAW U16 DONCASTER WHEELERS
3. JACK ROWLAND S HARWORTH & DISTRICT CC
4. DARYL PLANT M OUT OF THE SADDLE CC
5. ROB BLACKBURN C TLI
6. JAMES MAPPIN S GEARED UP CYCLES
7. JAKE MORGAN M SHEFFREC CC
8. NICK BODEN A COMMON LANE OCCASIONALS
9. MARC HUGHES B COMMON LANE OCCASIONALS
10. JASON ELLIOTT A DINNINGTON RC all same time.
1. MARK BARNARD A OUT OF THE SADDLE CC 29 miles in 1hr 17mins 07secs
2. ALEXANDER PRINCE S TLI
3. EDWARD DAVIES M 7 HILLS CC
4. GARRY HILL E DINNINGTON RC
5. WAYNE GREGORY A BARNSLEY ROAD CLUB
6. KELVIN BROWN M TLI
7. MATT FARMER S HARWORTH & DISTRICT CC
8. ROB INGLE D 7 HILLS CC
9. ZACH LAW M CYCLE DIVISION
10. ROBERT PARKER M TLI all same time.