Hawks christen revamped track
Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co had a busy but successful weekend of racing at the Memorial Playing Field.Local councillors were on hand to officially open the newly-refurbished track as the club staged the Breckland Autos Charity Cup.
Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co had a busy but successful weekend of racing at the Memorial Playing Field.
Local councillors were on hand to officially open the newly-refurbished track as the club staged the Breckland Autos Charity Cup.
Last year's winner Josh Brooke, from Great Blakenham, won four races but was relegated to third place in his last race. However, his 18 points were enough to retain the cup as the chasing pack just failed to make that mark.
A day of excellent racing saw four of his opponents make 17 points so a race-off was required for minor placings on the rostrum.
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Ian Grange (Norwich) sped away to win the race with former British and European Champion Andre Cross, who started his career with the Hawks but now represents Poole, holding on with tired legs to finish second, leaving Gary Brown (Somersham) and Jazz Abbott (Hethersett) the unlucky riders.
Brooke was back at Hethersett on Sunday in Ipswich colours for South-East League matches. He and former British Junior Champion Dan Pike were outstanding for the visitors but Hethersett rode well as a team and had strength in depth to secure a good victory, climaxed by a brilliant 7-3 in the final heat from Dan Chambers and Jazz Abbott. It was a really good tactical performance with Dave Chambers scoring a vital unbeaten three rides at reserve.
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Hethersett 97, Ipswich 82. Hethersett - Dan Chambers 16, J Abbott 15, D Adams 13, H Hamill 12, B.Collins 12, P Adams 12, Dave Chambers 10, T Grimes 7.
Hethersett were far too strong for a very young Ipswich side in the Division Two match but Danny Woods was given an opportunity to show his potential and he took it well. Philip and David Adams plus Dan Chambers were all unbeaten.
Hethersett B 101, Ipswich B 59. Hethersett - D Woods 19, H Hamill 15, P Adams 15, Dan Chambers 15, D Adams 14, B.Collins 13, Dave Chambers 8, M Perkins 2.
There is another busy weekend for the Hawks as on Saturday they take their full junior squad to Eaton Park to contest Round Two of the British Youth & Junior League while on Sunday racing at the Memorial Field brings all ages from the region for the South-East Grand Prix round two.
Pictured is councillor Leslie Dale presenting the Breckland Autos Hethersett Charity Cup to Josh Brooke.