Round three of the Whizz Kids excursion to Rockingham produced come of the best racing of the series and a great way to finish off the events at the Speedway. Tonight’s course was a fast and flowing 500m course using the pit lane and main track under the shadow of the massive 52000 seater grandstands and while tonight’s attendance was some way off capacity those present witnessed some great efforts by all riders. The A group, mainly under 9’s started proceedings with a 2 lap, 1km scratch race and as with last week Jax Roberts was first into the corner and lead from start to finish leaving the remaining riders to battle for the minor places. None gave up and on the line Noah edged out Ben for the second and third just ahead of Jacob. Jacob takes the prize for the best bit of psyching other riders by swapping the MTB for a racer just as the riders were coming under orders. Completing the race was Thomas (Inside pedal UP please!) , Ella and Mia.
The B Group racers were out next where there was some tactical racing by the two Kettering riders Dominic and Jake who managed to control Welland Valley’s Jamie race. The three riders were swapping positions at will until the end of lap 3 when Dominic made a break and put some distance between the other riders. With Jake not contributing to the chase Jamie was left with too much to do to claw back the distance but did succeed in outsprinting Jake to take second place. While the podium places were sorted the remaining riders continued to battle for personal pride.
The second round of races were longer with the A group running for 3 laps and this time Jacob rode an intelligent race working up the field each lap to take second behind Jax who again led from the front. In the B group race the three protagonists from earlier were trading places again and this time it was Jake who took the lead early in the race this time it was a Kettering 1-2 and Dominic outsprinted Jamie.
The final events were a brace of longest lap races and in the A group Jax edged out Noah and Ben for the positions with all other riders being credited with joint fourth. The last event of the night, and potentially ever at Rockingham, was the B group and with four riders eliminated before the sprint it was finally Jamie’s turn for the honours outsprinting Dominic and Jake with Ruby staying out of trouble and finishing fourth.
The future of the Speedway hangs in the balance, with the venue being sold and there being no plans for motor racing in 2019 Roadrunner XXIII may have been the last such event here, only time will tell. Thanks to all the riders who took part in the series and to the parents for your continued support. Whizz Kids are already looking at next season and Roadrunner XXIV is on the cards so somewhere along the line we’ll meet again.