02/04/2012 - DERRICK WOODINGS SOLIHULL CIRCUIT BLOG
Solihull circuit race 2012
Another cold miserable day. Whenever ads appear to promote ‘Staycations’, of all the advantages put forward for them, there is never any mention of our wonderful weather- I wonder why. After a week of glorious warm ‘summer’ weather, April 1st. dawned as a normal British spring day.
Anyway that’s my moan out of the way. Ian Cowan and his Solihull CC members put on another superb event on this marvellous circuit despite some postal problems with many entries going astray.
I’ve always enjoyed circuit racing and this venue although somewhat short , in my opinion, is really good in most respects, the surface is smooth there are no tight bends and the profile is just testing enough.
Again there were two events on the circuit, both of 1 hour plus 5 laps.
In race 2 for DEFG cats there was some apprehension when in the first race on the final lap a rider slid out on the final bend before the finish due to a fine drizzle making the surface slippery. Fortunately this ceased just before the start of our race and the track started to dry out. The field of around 30 started at a furious pace as several riders attempted to split the field, as was the case last year, these came to nought, and even though Mike Allen and Don Parry made several solo attempts to break clear, their reputations mark them down as dangerous men to let go. Several times the field split but came back together. Andy Jones did manage to slip away and stay clear. After the hour was up and the final 5 laps were counted down the now depleted bunch of 15 jockeyed for the bunch sprint. Mike Allen just taking it in front of Pete Trotman and Don Parry. I was again playing a tactical game marking my rival Murray Kirton who was riding very stongly; he is so small he manages to squeeze through the tiniest gaps. On the final lap I managed to power past him to finish in 10th place in the race I think, but again finishing top G cat.
Travelling back with Mike Allen the weather started to brighten up, and would you believe, as I was spending Sunday as ‘civilian’ visiting my daughter and not riding, the sun came out again.