The Grassroots Trust Team Championship heads to Tamahere for its sixth round tomorrow with overall series honours still up for grabs in three categories over the flatter course compared with last weekend’s Tokoroa challenge.
For categories 1, 2 and 3 a 98.5km course awaits, taking in the lumpy roads between Hamilton, Ohaupo and Cambridge, with three laps of a 23km circuit to navigate before returning to Tamahere. For categories 4, 5 and the women 65km of undulating course is on the cards.
Regan Gough’s absence from the start list for category 1 means that Alex Heaney of GD Pringle p/b Spoken Cycles has an unassailable lead overall. Expect a tough challenge though from the in-form Toby Atkins of WBOP Performance Hub, who finished second last weekend in Tokoroa. Elsewhere Team Skoda-Fruzio will look to overturn a 9 point deficit in the team standings to GD Pringle p/b Spoken Cycles; with Onewhero Classic winner Jayden Kuijpers in the mix as well as James Oram.
The battle for supremacy in the category 2 series is set to go down to the wire, with any one of the top 6 riders in with a mathematical chance of winning the series. Glen Carabine of Thermal Chemistry/Dynamo Events leads the overall standings on 33 points with Gordon McCauley of Daikin/Thermal Solutions second by 7 points; and Paul Bishop of Burnsco BSR in third place a further point adrift. James, Harvey, Paul Duynhoven and Nathan Bunn are also all within 15 points of Carabine.
With three race wins under his belt already this series, Ollie Simcock of CNZ Junior Men has the individual series wrapped up with a 23 point buffer to Jan Lichtwark, but the fight for second place could go any direction for a whole host of riders with positions 2-10 separated by just 8 points.
Victory in category 4 is a two-man duel between O’Neill Sinclair of Forestland Wheelers and Matt Miln of BDO Auckland. Miln is making a swift late charge for the series win, with both of the last two rounds going his way. The contrast is stark as at the end of round 3 Miln was a full 26 points adrift of Sinclair; but the battle is very much on for the finale.
Countback will have to separate Russell Thorpe and Darren Hume in category 5; should Hume win and Thorpe not score. The pair are separated by 15 points, with Thorpe currently in the lead with 52 points for Team Rayglass GMC.
Elyse Fraser has a lead of 14 points to Ally Wollaston in the Elite Women’s series, with Emma Hannan of CNZ Junior Women and Sophie Hamer of Rabbits – TOOT TOOT BEEP BEEP both able to line up tomorrow with their series wins in the bag.
Racing gets underway at 10am tomorrow morning. For more information go to dynamoevents.co.nz.