Saturday 9th September saw the final national round of the British Youth and Junior League for 2016 at Great Blackenham , a smaller than normal squad made the long journey to east Anglia but they didn’t let that deter them and had a fantastic day with finals reached by all riders. The club were sitting in second place and that’s where it finished behind the runaway leaders Poole who have been fantastic throughout the season, well done Poole .
Under 8 rider Cory Burt was the lone Wednesfield Fox where he raced into the B final , Corey finish 7th in the country after the last National round. Well done Corey.
Megan Burt raced in the under 12s category and again was a finalist earning the club valuable points, Megan finished 13th in the country after the last National round, well done Megan.
Georgia Burt raced into the B final and considering the class of the senior riders this has been an excellent season for Georgia who finished 6th in the country after the last National round , well done Georgia.
In the Under 17s Brandon Whetton and Carl Parfitt made the journey to East Anglia knowing there was a championship title to be won for one of them . Carl was in the best form of his cycle speedway career so far and was pushing Brandon for the top spot , in the end Brandon won the A final and claiming his fourth successive BYJL title in a row , after already winning the European and British junior titles earlier in the season and can be without doubt named as the best British Youth and junior rider of his generation, Well done Brandon.
Carl Parfitt finished second place in the final and runner up to Brandon in the country overall. It’s been a fantastic season for Carl who along with being named captain of Wales and finishing in the top five in Britain and Europe. Well done Carl.
Well done to all our the young foxes cycle speedway riders who have raced both regional and national rounds earning the Wednesfield Foxes the runners up spot at the National level and the Midlands champions at regional level.
Following a recent flurry of new faces at the club, yesterday's youth training saw 17 riders (as far as the unofficial pit marshals could count - they have a habit of moving around). And this week's rider of the week was one of them, Kyle (pictured here). Well done riders new and old, big and small, for a great effort.
After a dramatic weekend at the British Individual Finals, Wednesfield came out of it with 2 British Champions. On the Saturday Brandon Whetton, Lee Kemp, and Carl Parfitt all took their place in the U19s final. But it was Brandon who put together 5 good rides and after finishing on 18 points and after a run off with Ipswich's Dan Nights he took the title and became the British U19s champion.
The senior event was much more dramatic. Wednesfield was once again represented well in the final with 3 riders Paul Heard, Ben Mould and a very impressive Lee Kemp. Paul started off with a bad ride running in last but improved as the meeting went on but with that dreaded draw at No9 against a solid field it was always going to be a tough task to win the title but finished on a very good 14 pts. Lee Kemp started in his very 1st senior final and you would have thought the lad would have crumbled with nerves but he did what any other person would do and enjoyed the afternoon and scored a very good 12 points. But man of the moment belongs to Ben Mould, going into last 4 races of the senior final was lying joint top of the score sheet with 13pts with Andy Angel and Chris Timms with Myke Grimes and Lewis Osbourne just behind on 12pts each. So in heat 17 Myke Grimes and Andy Angel lined up in the same race. Myke made a fantastic gate from grid 3 over Angel and Kemp and took the race win and put him on 16pts. Andy fell and was excluded which ended his title chances. Heat 18 saw Chris Timms end his title chances as he run in last place and finished on 14pts. But final race of the Championships ended in a way that no one predicted. Zak Payne on grid 1. Mark Carmicheal 2. Lewis Osbourne 3. Ben Mould 4. A 2nd he had a run-off a win and he becomes champion. Heat 20 can be seen in the video below. Ben was running in 4th place but as all 4 riders entered the final bend of the final lap of the final race Mark made a move on race leader Zac as Ben made a move on Lewis at the same time but as Zak picked up his pedals to cross the line he slipped off and as in doing so Mark and Lewis also hit the floor leaving Ben to cross the line as race winner. It was a few nervous moments for ben to wait for the referees decision but the ref judged it to be a racing incident and ordered the 3 guys to finish giving Ben the 4pts he needed to become the 2016 British Senior Champion to the pleasure of the Wednesfield traveling fans. This was a great weekend for the Aces and a massive congratulations to Ben and Brandon.
Also a quick mention for Lee Aris who qualified for the final but sadly had to withdraw on the Monday morning due to a recurring back injury. Get well soon Lee and hope you return soon on a bike.
Georgia & Megan Burt were a credit to their selves and their club as they both competed in the U13s British Girls Final. In a few season's time these girls will be standing on that podium if they carry on the way they are going. Well done Georgia and Megan.