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Double delight for Brandon Bees in Chris Allen Memorial Trophy

Steve Carpenter 19th Oct, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

YOUNG Brandon Bees Cycle Speedway riders raced to a superb double success in Sunday’s Chris Allen Memorial Trophy at Coventry’s Hearsall Common track.

A damp heavy track did not deter Bees riders Louis Westhead and Jony Middleton who raced to podium finishes in their respective age category final.

At the age of just 8, Westhead defeated several more experienced riders to win the Under 8s final while Coventry Under 11s champion Jony Middleton scooped third place in the Chris Allen Under 11s final.

Westhead won all his races and was never headed as he added the Chris Allen Trophy to his Coventry Under 8s title he won at Brandon last month.

Middleton again produced an all-action display as he narrowly failed to add another title to his name.

The Daventry youngster, who attends Rugby Free School, finished second in his first two outings before racing to the flag in fine style for his concluding three races.

In all, the newly revived Brandon Bees club fielded no fewer than 16 riders in the Chris Allen Memorial event – an astonishing figure for a new club in any sport.

Sunday’s meeting was staged in honour of Chris Allen – an original Brandon Bees rider who collapsed and died while racing in 1973 when aged just 18.

The best of the rest was the dashing Cameron Gill – who took an outstanding fourth place in the hotly contested under 16s final.

He opened with two heat wins to emerge the championship leader after all riders had completed two rides and eventually totalled 17 points to just miss the bronze medal.

There were also fine performances from Owen Gregory, Tom Savage, Lewis Middleton and Lincoln Collins, whilst Joseph Augustus produced his best display to date.

The Bees were also cheered to welcome newcomers Jake Hodder and Max Augustus to competitive action.

All the Bees riders are products of the Saturday morning ‘Dirt Bike Club’ – which continues again this Saturday morning from 10am until 11.30am at Bretford Playing Fields.

Call 07400 993999 for further information on the Brandon Bees Cycle Speedway team.

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