By Murray Fenwic
Saturday’s club racing saw Wayne Kestle notch up a couple of victories in winning the 3 km time trial and taking out the 24 km scratch race.
An excellent turnout of 37 riders contested the two events in ideal conditions. Anthony Vogrig put in an awesome time trial in 4.34.49. a time that was better than many of the B graders.
Other notable riders included that of Stuart Corkran and Paul Yeatman who propelled himself into A grade with his ride.
The top four finishers were as follows: Wayne Kestle 4.02.26. Aaron Nobelius 4.06. Murray Fenwick 4.08. Stuart Corkran 4.12.
The scratch race that followed seemed to be over before it had really began after having to chase down constant attacks from Gallagher and Kestle. It was only in the final 300 metres that the race really slowed down with the riders battling for the best portion in the lead up to the sprint. While Kestle was slowing Gallagher went for the line. Wayne was immediately on his wheel and was soon to be powering off the front leaving the other riders in his wake.
Gallagher only just held on for second over Fenwick. Nobelius and Thomson. Yeatman finished a further three minutes down after losing contact in the first lap.
Dale Grant again rode too strongly in the B grade event and held on for yet another win in narrowly beating Peter Finlayson. This bunch also rode strongly over the course and didn’t take long to shed Stuart Cuckson and Bruce Mason in the hills. Rohan Watts was also to lose contact in the second lap after Grant powered over Slaughterhouse hill.
Resuming legend Brad Lester was given a rousing return to the racing scene after his victory in the large 13 man C grade event. He comfortably took the event from Peter Bailey after a great lead out from the third placed Boxall who had been left in too small a gear. Russ Walker came through for fourth after having lost the leaders in the later stages. Anthony Vogrig won the sprint for fifth over Ian De Bryne. and Paul Kennedy.
Further back was Stephen Twinning in a great effort followed by Peter Stanfieid and Tony Lorback. Ted Dunn followed through in the run to the line with Kim and Vic Spunner coming in for the final placings.
The D grade event again saw Daniel Dilger hold off Stephen Fenwick to the line after these two riders dropped the rest of the field. Mellisa Aarts finished third with Colin Keeble fourth and a Luke Langelaan leading in the next group for fifth. Next over the line was Peter Eckermann followed by Marion Ophof and Neil Vorbach.
Club members are reminded of the track introduction to be held after the racing on Saturday. Two coaches will be present to give pointers on track riding which will be followed by a BBQ tea.
The first of Gippsland’s Criterium series will be held in Sale on the Sunday and all members are encouraged to support this event and give a strong Warragul showing in all grades.