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Sat 31st March Euro Vets Grand Prix Round 1 Astley & Tyldesley

There was a good turn out of 25 riders for the 1st Round of the Orchid Euro Vets Grand Prix series at Gin Pit on Saturday.
The host Astley & Tyldesley club put on a great day's racing. Huge thanks go to Mick Knowles for providing the rider awards and post match catering, which was well received by all present.

Birmingham's Mark Winwood and A&T's Steve Harris topped the scores, with 19 points each, in the o-40 Qualifying match.

o-40 Qualifying results:

Mark Winwood (Birmingham) 19, Steve Harris (A&T) 19, Craig Marchant (Leicester) 18, Paul Graham (A&T) 17, Dave Hemsley (Leicester) 17, Rob Geach (Exeter) 15, Jason Keith (Northumbria) 14, Mark Grantham (A&T) 13, Mick Knowles (A&T) 12, Jim Collier (Newport) 11, Craig Burt (Wednesfield) 10, Mark Brundrett (A&T) 9.

Winwood went on to win the o-40 Grand Prix 'A' Final, ahead of Craig Marchant and Paul Graham, after Harris fell at the first bend. Mark also received a trophy, donated by North West Trophies, for the fastest time of the day. Dave Hemsley won the 'B' Final, heading home Rob Geach, Mark Grantham and Jason Keith.

Steve Harris also competed in the o-50/ o-60 match, to put in a good early season effort of twelve races on the day! He rode to a 20 points maximum in the o-50/ o-60 Qualifying match.

o-50/o-60 Qualifying results:

Steve Harris (A&T) 20, Norman Venson (Leicester) 18, Paddy Wenn (Norwich) 18, Paul Timms (Birmingham) 17, Colin Simmons (Newport) 15, Dave Frith (Leicester) 15, Terry Kirkup (Northumbria) 14, Steve Clark (Newport) 13, Kevin Greaves (Newport) 12, Chris Ward (unattached) 12, Ashie Patterson (Northumbria) 10, Fred Rothwell (Bradford Olympic) 10, Chic Mackie (Glasgow) 8.

Harris won the o-50 Grand Prix 'A' Final, ahead of Paddy Wenn, Norman Venson and Paul Timms. The B Final was won by Colin Simmons, ahead of Dave Frith, Steve Clark and Terry Kirkup.
The o-60 Grand Prix 'A' Final was won by Colin Simmons, from Paul Timms, Terry Kirkup and Kevin Greaves. Fred Rothwell won the B Final, heading home Chris Ward, Ashie Patterson and Chic Mackie.

Referee- Kyle Holland.
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