Post Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:23 pm

Fairmont Group Summer Track Series - Omnium - Nov 16

Nom, nom, Omnium

Last night saw the finale of the Fairmont Group Summer Track Series and it was the tasty treat of the Omnium event for those riders hungry for Track glory! A good mix of sprint events (Flying 250m, 250m/500m TT) and endurance events (Elimination, Scratch Race) would test the riders legs and determine the best ‘all-rounder’ in each grade.

D-grade got underway with the 1 lap TT and it was Breanna Hargrave that was in the lead after round 1 with a great time that was up there with the B-grade riders! The second event was another one for the Sprinters – Isabella Dashorst quickest over the flying lap and the top three NTID Sprint girls were all separated by only 0.08 seconds! The Elimination Race saw Monique Jones and Lee-Anne Fleming make up some ground on the early front runners, taking the first two positions, so it was all going to come down to the Scratch Race to decide the final placings. Ultimately the finishing positions of the Scratch Race mirrored the final Omnium result with Dashorst winning the Scratch Race in a closely contested sprint and securing the overall win.

C-grade also started with the 1 lap TT and it was track stalwart Mark Gregory that set the fastest time, closely followed by Derek Radzikiewicz. These two were to battle it out for the rest of the night, with Radzikiewicz getting his revenge in the Elimination Race and the Flying 250m. Going into the final Scratch Race, Gregory had to win and hope Radzikiewicz finished 3rd or less – as even a 2nd place would’ve put them equal on points and on combined time countback, this would’ve still given Radzikiewicz the win. This didn’t eventuate however, with Radzikiewicz emerging victorious in the Scratch Race and more than likely elevating himself into B-grade with the Omnium win!

B-grade commenced their Omnium series with the always tricky (for riders and officials) Elimination Race. There was some confusion early on in the race, but the front riders kept out of the drama at the back and the final sprint came down to Mick Young and Joe Higginson, with crowd favourite Mick Young determinedly hanging on for the win. Jeremy Smith put his hat in the ring after the 250m TT, with the fastest time of the night and Joel McWhinney signalling his intent with the 2nd fastest time. McWhinney backed up this intent by smashing the Flying 250m and sealed the deal with the win in the final Scratch Race. Holly Takos was flying under the radar but placed consistently in all events to take out 2nd and narrowly hold off Young, Squires and Higginson for the minor placings.

A-grade boasted an impressive field, with two world champions in the mix – Alex Edmondson and the Korean Sanghoon Park. A-grade opened with the Flying 250m, and it was Park that was first on the leader board, with Sprinters Pat Constable and Jai Angsuthasawit not far behind. The Elimination Race was going to be seriously competitive and with a couple of visiting Koreans adding an unknown element to the race, the riders had to be on their toes. Park got himself eliminated much earlier than he would’ve liked, leaving Miles Scotson, Alex Edmondson and Josh Harrison to battle it out for the final 3 positions. Park was taking the 500m TT seriously, complete with double discs and TT bars and it showed in the times, beating the next placed rider by over a second! With Edmondson and Scotson finishing mid pack in the 500m TT event , Park only had to finish reasonably well in the final Scratch race to take out the win – and this almost proved too much! With Scotson and Edmondson finishing one-two, Park fell back to 7th place, putting all three riders equal on 15 points. In this case it goes back to the combined times of the Flying 250m and 500mTT, and fortunately for Park, this gave him the win. Josh Harrison was a clear 4th but 5th to 7th also all finished on the same points and had to go back to a combined time countback, with Angsuthasawit just edging out Constable and visiting Korean Kang.

The Omnium is tough event to ride and to run so thanks must go to all the riders for supporting the racing and to the many helpers - particularly the timekeepers and holders, that make such an event possible. Being the last race of the series, PACC would also like to acknowledge the Fairmont Group for their support of this event.

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