Success at DISC!
I rode as Wayne Evan's leadout man tonight, and we got results
Nick Bird and Bev Vennix came along to watch the racing tonight, so we had to put on a show to make their trip worthwhile. The only aboc'ers who made it this week were myself and Wayne Evans. I offered to ride for Wayne tonight, as a leadout and potentially a chase monkey (fortunatly, not required tonight!).
The scratch race took off fast, but when I got near the front I attacked and stayed off the front for maybe half a lap or so, but it had the desired effect of shaking up the field a little and making everyone work when they didn't expect to. With two and a bit laps to go the field had bunched right up, time to do my job. Wayne, get on my wheel! Bang, I hit the accelerator and jumped off the front and held my speed for about a lap and a half, before fading with half a lap to go, and Wayne sailed past and took the win. Chalk one up for the team.
Race two, as always in the rather unimaginative Thursday night program, was a 15 lap points race. I was still recovering from the scratch race and didn't really play much of a part, I lead out one sprint, but that was about it. Wayne took third.
Race three is a motorpace, and that was a perfect opportunity to get the leadout spot-on. With 6 or 7 laps to go I peeled off from behind the bike and Wayne opened up a gap for me to drop in front of him and we're set to go. With 4 laps I'm second wheel, which wasn't quite ideal, but the kid on the tail of the derney stayed put for 2 laps - perfect! The bike pulls off with 2 and a half laps to go, the kid slows, no-one wants to work at this stage .... right ... Wayne's set up camp on my wheel and I ramp it up, over the top of the kid, and hammer down for two laps. With half a lap to go I'm spent and Wayne and some other rider go past, and then I get jostled by one rider who got a bit close, considering by then he was out of contention anyway. Wayne had left his run a shade too late and got second. Almost perfect.
A good night ... kept the fans entertained and we got one of each place for the night. Thanks Wayne for riding well and taking the races, it made my efforts worthwhile.