Newport Crowned Champions
Newport are the new British Open Club champions, after a cool performance in Horspath, Oxfordshire, saw them pull away, as their closest rivals made costly errors. Poole scooped the overall Club Championship trophy, with victories in U16 boys and U16 girls categories along the way.
Newport, Great Blakenham, Ipswich, Birmingham, Poole and East Park came through their semi finals unscathed to line up in the open final.
Great Blakenham’s Josh Brooke took an excellent opening heat win from grid three and team mate Lewis Osborne followed suit to get the Suffolk side into an early lead.
A couple of second places and a win for Jacob Soper for Newport meant they found themselves level with Great Blakenham after the first round of races.
Meanwhile, Birmingham registered two heat wins courtesy of Ricki Johnson and Scott Millward, which left them just one point behind.
However, the joy was short lived for Birmingham in the second round of races, as both Johnson and Millward picked up exclusions, and then two last places, which effectively ended their challenge.
Newport edged away by the half way stage courtesy of two wins from reserve Jack Harrold and Ben Mould. Great Blakenham kept themselves in the hunt with one win and two seconds, as the top two sides began to pull away from the rest of the pack.
Disaster struck for Blakenham in heat 14, when Lewis Osborne was disqualified for moving under orders, his back wheel seemingly giving way on the greasy starting grids.
It meant another win for Harrold of Newport, but they ran a last in the following race, which Blakenham’s Brooke won to haul them back in contention. That was short lived though, as Adam Peck committed another gate foul in the following heat.
Newport took full advantage, winning three of their four races in the third round of heats and pulled a huge 11 point lead over Ipswich and Great Blakenham in joint second.
It was a lead they would never surrender after a lively final six races. The title was secured in heat 22, as Jack Harrold completed his maximum and took the trophy back home to South Wales, which never looked in doubt after Blakenham’s challenge faded.
Great Blakenham took second, while Poole’s consistency paid off and finished third, on a day where gate exclusions cost teams dear.
Harrold starred for the Welshmen, but received solid back up from British Champion Ben Mould, with Adam Bennett and Jacob Soper also providing race wins on their way to victory.
Ecstatic team boss Nicky Evans commented: “It’s still sinking in. I’m absolutely over the moon with what the lads achieved for our club today.
“It’s by far one of the proudest achievements in our clubs history and also my managerial career. I cannot praise the boys in the squad who travelled up to ride and support the team today.”
Bennett an Hookway take Welsh open glory
Home track rider Adam Bennett defended the U19's Welsh Open Invite Championship in fine form today. Dropping just one point and regaining the title he won in 2016.
Adam commitment to training and willingness to listen to advise from the club coaches to develop himself is certainly starting to show and is paying off.
He had to fight his way to the front from the rear on a few occasions today against some of the best Junior riders from across the UK.
There was a time when patience would have got the better of him and he would have blown his chances early on, but not today.
Instead we saw signs of a true Champion.
Cool, calm, patient and collective..
Keep up the hard work young man..
Well done !
In the Ladies Category, Lauren Hookway took the Spoils.
Well done to all who rode on the day.
BYJL Round 1 at Underwood
Saturday 8th April at the Underwood track the first round of the BYJL was held under blistering heat conditions.
Well done to home track riders Sean Bennett & Daniel Wright who both rode home to victory, picking up the gold medals from their respective age groups.
A big shout out also goes to up and coming racers Maddock Howells, for picking up bronze in his first ever race meeting + Kian May & Callum Goward who turned the eyes of many spectators missing out by one point each on A final qualification.
Top efforts all around from our Newport Flyers youngsters. Credit given where it's due.
"The Futures Bright, the futures blue & white"
Newport make it 2 out of 2 in Spring Cup
The second round of the South West and Wales Spring Cup produced some great racing on a perfect sunny spring day. Newport ran out very narrow winners with 92.5 points to Horspaths 92 and Poole on 82.5.
Many youngsters were on show, along with the more experienced heads, which resulted in some cracking racing and plenty of racing incidents. A race between Newport’s Chris Davies and Dan Bock against Poole’s Will Bristow and Callum Smith gave the match that rare dead heat, where referee Colin Simmons couldn’t split Callum and Dan on the line.
For Newport, Mark Carmichael remained unbeaten by an opponent using his elite knowledge to good effect. Chris Davies and Jack Harrold also raced hard.
Poole’s Fraser Garnett used his ever improving track craft to pick up some valuable points, along with the supportive Dan Hook. Young Danny Byrne belied his young age to save to a very creditable 12 points, including a race win.
Jake Neighbour and another youngster Will Jeffery banged in four maximum hear wins. Ably supported by top home rider Zac Payne, they pushed Newport all the way. Returning Dave Lieberman won two races on his official comeback. Veteran Andy Johnson delivered a more than useful performance, just leaving youngsters Jack Ellis and Alice Neighbour to chip in with some impressive sides to keep the scoreboard moving when called upon.
Others to catch the eye today were Will Bristow for Poole and Callum Goward for Newport. A great showcase for the sport.
Jake Neighbour 21+2, Will Jeffery 17+3, Zac Payne 17, Dave Lieberman 11, Andy Johnson 14+1, Jack Ellis 9, Alice Neighbour 3
Dan Hook 14+4, Fraser Garnett 18+1, Jay Briggs 12, Danny Byrne 12+1, Will Bristowe 15+2, Callum Smith 11.5+1
Mark Carmichael 19+1, Adam Bennett 12, Dan Bock 12.5+3, Chris Davies 17+1, Jack Harrold 16, Callum Goward 14+2, Dan Wright 3
Newport victorious in Spring cup Rd 1
Newport cycle speedway team were victorious in round 1 of the regional spring cup, beating Horspath and Poole.
Ben mould 22 +2 Dan Bock 15 + 1 Adam Bennett 10+ 2 Mark Carmichael 20 Chris Davies 12 Sean Bennett 11 Callum Goward 3+1 Dan Wright 2+ 1.
Zac Payne 21+1 Alice Neighbour 9 Jake Neighbour 16+2 Will Jeffrey 16+2 Jack Ellis 15 Andy Johnson 9.
Poole 85.Dean Hook 16+2 Frazer Garnett 14 Jay Briggs 17+1 Macey schmit 10 + 1 Will Bristowe 18 Callum Smith 10 +3
Newport win at Hearsall Common
South West and Wales Division One champions, Newport, beat the Coventry Sabres at Hearsall Common, by 99-80
A much stronger Newport outfit, differing from the first leg at the Olympic Sports Village two weeks ago, made the journey from South Wales, with Team GB members Mark Carmichael and Jack Harrold both in the line up. British champion, Ben Mould was expected but was a no show, meaning Newport only tracked 7 riders.
Coventry were also at near full strength, with only Dominik Rycharski missing from their line up, who could have made all the difference for Coventry’s young and inexperienced side. Joe Andrews was unavailable so promising youngster Ben Wells stepped up.
In dry but windy conditions, Newport took a steady lead, only to be pulled back courtesy of a Grimes/Hambidge maximum heat advantage against lone Newport rider, Callum Gower.
That was the way of it for the remainder of the first half, with both sides trading blows, and Coventry’s riders coping relatively well with the challenge. None more so than heat 9, when Ollie Morris and Matt Hambidge reversed a 7-3 against into a 6-4 advantage on the last lap of the first half. It was just deserts for both riders, who received rapturous applause from the home riders and fans.
At the break, the Sabres trailed by 5 points, but with plenty of positives to take into the second half. However, Newport came out strong and notched 3 heat advantages in the first four races
Coventry steadied the ship and managed to fill the middle places of the next three heats, much to the delight of team manager Lee Marsh, before Grimes and Hardie almost gave the home fans something to cheer but for a smart race by Newport due Davies and Bennett, managing to split the Coventry pair before Hardie could hit the front.
Newport’s GB squad members Harrold and Carmichael signed off heat 18 with an expected 7-3, which perhaps gave the scoreline a greater margin than the match and close racing suggested.
Grimes rode unbeaten again, despite doing his best for his partners, who on this occasion were outfoxed by the strong opposition. However, the main plaudits were saved for Ollie Morris and Matt Hambidge, who both had their finest matches to date.
Morris’s finely executed pass on Davies in heat 9 was classy, while reserve Hambidge forced his way into third down the same straight. Both riders bringing home their best scores.
Team boss Lee Marsh said: “Our team talks have been centred around staying out of last place this season. Although we still filled the majority, it wasn’t anywhere near the 15 or 16 we were getting last season. It’s a real positive for us.
“Ollie and Matt were superb today. We know our riders have potential but many lack self belief. We’re doing the right things in training and today that showed. It’s been a great pre-season.”
Myke Grimes 19+1, Jimmy Wassall 9+2, Kyle Barlow 11, Sam Hardie 7, Ollie Morris 12, Dan Drewett 8, Matt Hambidge 9+2, Ben Wells 5+2
Callum Gower 13+1, Jack Harrold 17+2, Chris Davies 15+2, Dan Bock 15+2, Mark Carmichael 18+1, Adam Bennett 13+1, Dan Wright 8
Multiple British Champion Ben Mould Sign's For Newport In The Closing Hours Of Deadline Day!!
"Ben will be a great character to our club. He is already a good f...riend to many of us and will be no stranger here.
Ben has accomplished both Junior & Senior British titles in most recent years and is a regular Wales & Team GB international spear head.
He will be no doubt someone in addition that our youngsters will be able to look up to within.
I personally trained with Ben during the build up to the 2015 World Championship and can vouch first hand for his determination and hunger to succeed in our sport!
I have no doubt that his great attitude and work rate will lift the rest of our squad and confident that he will be a great contributor to our clubs future ambitions.
Ben has been welcomed with open arms!
We are all excited to have him back on board after more than a decade away from us.
We thank Wednesfield Cycle Speedway Club for assisting in a smooth transition."
Team Manager - Nicky Evans
Work to begin in March.
R.I.P JOHN WALTERS NEWPORT STARS & WALES
Newport win 4th consecutive league title
Newport (dig it landscapes) cycle speedway team have made it 4 regional South and South Wales division 1 titles on the trot after winning the league play off at neutral track Southampton.
The top 3 teams that finished in the league were Newport Poole and Swindon and a closely fought encounter was anticipated.
Newport started slowly, suffering 4 last places in their first 4 heats, but gradually got to grips with the dry powdered surface to start winning races.
Fine maximum heat advantages from the Clark/Bock Jones /Harrold and Sidwick/Carmichael gave the 3 times league champions a lead of 9 points over Poole and 7 over Swindon at the interval.
Newport started the second half as they did the first slowly, suffering falls and bike failures, but they regrouped and fine wins from the Clark/Harrold pair and Davies kept them ahead and the team held their nerve under the watchful eye of the management team of Raven Simmons and Evans to run out winners by 7 points and record an incredible 4 consecutive league titles
Newport scores .
Jack Harrold 18 +1 Corey Burnell Jones 11+1 Mark Carmichael 17+3 Dale Clark 11 Chris Davies 12 Callum Goward 5 Dan Bock 12 +3 Oli Sidwick 11.
97 Swindon 90 Poole 80
Newport win coveted Rosebowl Competition
Newport (dig it landscapes) cycle speedway team have won the coveted South and South Wales Rosebowl competition after beating Swindon, Exeter and Hellingly in a well contested meeting at Marsh Barton Exeter.
Newport suffered a tapes exclusion in their second race, but this did not effect them too much as wins from Carmichael,Harrold,Davies and Bennett gave them an interval lead.
Team manager Colin Simmons told the team what was expected for the second half and the team rode well to instructions, but home team Exeter were a threat showing great track knowledge and the Devon team drew level with Newport with just 2 races remaining, but further wins from Carmichael and Davies secured a fine cup win for the Welsh team whose attentions now turn to recording a league and cup double when the go for the regional league title next month.
J.Harrold 16+3 M.Carmichael 16+1 A.Bennett 12 C.Davies 11+1 D.Clark dnr.
Picture shows Newport cycle speedway team with their regional rosebowl trophy.
Back row l to r
Colin Simmons team manager Jack Harrold ,Mark Carmichael ,Adam Bennett.
Front row l to r.
Davies Kayden Clark (mascot) Dale Clark ( captain)
Newport Qualify for BTC Semi-final
Newport qualified for their 3rd BTC semi-final in 4 years beating Poole 97-78.
Newport will now travel to Horspath on the 11th September to face off against Wednesfield in the Semi-finals. The team will be hoping 3rd times a charm and move on to the Finals on the same day.
BRITISH KO.CUP quarter finals draw.
Birmingham vs Hull.
Leicester vs Ipswich.
Newport vs Poole.
Wednesfield vs Bury.
Sun 21 August 2pm
Bennett and Herbert win Welsh open
Newport held their annual Welsh Open Championships on Saturday with Under 19s and Ladies categories, here are the podium finishers:
Newport’s own Adam Bennett took the Under 19 spoils, he fought off competition from second placed Astley and Tyldesley rider Reece Pollitt and Swindon’s Jake Neighbour.
In the Ladies category, Ipswich’s Charlie-Jane Herbert took the win, with Leicester’s duo of Michelle Whitehead in second and Laura Watson in third.
Carmichael and Davies take Swindon Spoils
Intermediate and open Podiums
Newport’s Mark Carmichael and Chris Davies took the honours in the Swindon 40th Anniversary Individual meeting yesterday, winning the open and intermediate categories respectively.
The meeting drew top riders from around the country. Also a good crowd of ex-Swindon riders including Craig Nash, Pete Bennett, Darren Hicks and Andy Jeffries.
The Open event included:
Steve Harris (ex World Champion, VETS champion x4 Indoor Champion x 5), Zac Payne (British Champion), Mark Carmichael (British Junior Champion, GB squad member), Lewis Osbourne (GB squad member). Representing Swindon were Jake Neighbour a former British Under 13 Champion, now 17 years old and one to watch this season, club champion Robert Hunt, James Bailey, Sean Brown, Andrew Yard and Matthew Rayson.
The preliminary heats were eventful, with some tape exclusions for Rob Hunt and Zac Payne, who were two favourites for the meeting, this meant they had a lot to do if they wanted a rostrum place.
It was good clean racing with only two accidents.
In heat 13, Jake Neighbour made an electric gate to take the win from Rob Hunt. Steve Harris collected another win in heat 15, putting him on a firm footing for a rostrum place. In heat 20, James Bailey got away to lead for 3 and 3/4 laps, only to be pip to the line by the legendry Steve Harris.
The meeting was very closely run, with run offs for all podium places. Jake Neighbour and Lewis Osbourne both finished on 17 points, with Osbourne winning the run off for third place.
Carmichael and Harris both finished on 19 points and had to fight it out for the title. The Newport rider won the toss taking the inside gate and was sharp away, Harris chased all the way but was beaten by good tactics to hold him off with Carmichael taking first place.
Before the main event there was an Intermediate meeting which was won by Chris Davies.
1st Chris Davies (Newport) 20 point maximum
2nd James Bailey (Swindon) 19 points
3rd Sean Bennett (Newport) 18 points
The club would like to welcome home Rebecca Davies who transferred back from Sheffield
Training has now started same days and times as last year, with an extra session for all at Underwood 6.30 on Wednesdays.
Club memberships remain the same as 2015. Under 16s £30 over 16s £40. Non riding membership £5. Training membership £30.
Club fixtures are now out and on our website, as are the updated club rules, take a look.
Work has been completed on the track with 4 tonne put down.
The pits cover application has been submitted to the council, we will know in the next 6 to 8 weeks the outcome.
Club draw tickets will be issued shortly all taking go towards our track licence.
Our new first team racing shirts will be with us in march. Our junior GP riders will be using the green Newport flyers tops
South and South Wales AGM
On Sunday 22nd November the S&SW held their AGM at Poole
The main outcomes from the meeting are
Div1 and 2 will revert back to same home and away matches 2 teams race against each other. Top 3 teams contest a play off on neutral track.
Grading system will remain ( rider details at feb meeting)
Hellingly and Southampton may return ( to be confirmed in 3 weeks time)
NCSC will host the league GP finals day, the British u 13s qualifiers ,the British under 19s qualifiers and the final.
Exeter will host the British individual finals day on august bank holiday Monday.
Poole will stage the league individuals
Exeter will stage the Rosebowl/gold cup.
Nick Evans is the new regional veterans team manager.
Possibility of a new challenge cup competition 2 groups with 2 winners and best runner up in grand final.
Clubs were encouraged to try and get more younger riders in junior GP's, also encouraged to have more qualified coaches and a need to improve club night practise to build stronger bases.
In summary. ....
A very good meeting with most decisions agreed unanimously.
Newport and Underwood Clubs Merge
Underwood Cycle Speedway members will be joining forces with Newport Cycle Speedway Club at the end of the season in an attempt to assist riders at both tracks.
Underwood Flyers club secretary, Chris Wright explains the merger, "Membership has been down for sometime, and a lack of helpers has made it impossible to apply to host major events at the small picturesque welsh track. It has slso been difficult to form a full committee due to a lack of volunteers."
Chris and Beccy, who run the flyers are delighted that Newport have accepted them and their youngsters in and are looking forward to a brighter more enjoyable future, a future that will mean the local riders can train on the smallest and one of the largest tracks in our sport, and the formation of one big club can only be a positive for Welsh Cycle Speedway.
Newport club secretary, Colin Simmons said his club offered to assist in the running of Underwood for 2016, but it then agreed to a request to go under the Newport name and go as one club and work together.
Australia Vs GB
On Wednesday 29th July, Newport hosted the second ashes test match between Australia and Great Britain.
Australia 58 - Great Britain 91.
The GB womens team took an unassailable lead in the 3 match series after a comfortable 33 points victory at Newports sports village.
Gb were solid throughout the team with every rider winning at least 2 races each in a very impressive display, Laura Watson top scored with paid 19 , but it was a real team affair.
For the aussies Leticia Collins and Lucy Milican impressed on the large Welsh circuit.
Jess Snowden 9,Leticia Collins 15+2 Latisha Bevear 5 Kayleigh Clarke 10,Lucy Milican 13+1 Ebony Clark 6.
Michelle Whitehead 15+2 Rebecca Davies 11+1 Danielle Riley 10+1 Charlie j.Herbert 12 Laura Watson16+3 Vicky Brown 13+2 Lauren Hookway 14.
Australia 88 Great Britain 87.
This meeting was expected to be close, and so it proved with some of the closest and most competitive racing seen at the superb welsh track.
Australia took the lead in heat 3 after a tape exclusion to Aris a lead they maintained up to the interval after 4 shared heats the racing really was that close.
The 300 strong crowd were now getting into the meeting urging their country on.
The Chadwicks boys took heats 10 and 11 in impressive style for the visitors, but GB packed the minor places.
Heat 12 saw another tapes infringement Brooke the culprit, but back came the hosts with the Mould/Carmichael bringing their team to just 2 points adrift after 13 heats.
The atmosphere was now electric with both sets of supporters getting behind their team, a Macmillan/Edson heat advantage in heat 16 increased the team oz advantage to 4.
GB were giving their all and man of the match Evans sped to a heat 17 win to record a maximum with heard tucked in for third.
Heat 18 saw Mould off grid 2 needing to gate over the impressive Chadwick to get something from the match but he wen straight through the tapes and the match over, unlucky for the welshman who won his previous 4 races in style.
Shane Bentley 12+ 2 Bobby Macmillan 14+1 Joel Chadwick 15, Shane Weinart 9+2 Ryan Eddon 8+1Cody Chadwick 18 Robert Selleck 9 Cameron Crisp 3.
Mark Carmichael 8 Ben Mould 16 Paul Heard 11+1Josh Brooke 9+1 Lee Aris 12 Adam Peck 9+1 Nicky Evans 16 Chris Parish 6+3.
This was Cycle Speedway at its best fast, close action on a fabulous track with a big noisy crowd.
Newport cycle speedway club did the ashes series proud, the awards were presented by match sponsors Dig it Landscapes of Pontypool who were very impressed.So its onto Coventry now 1 each and the decider