2013 Rd9 Race Report – Borough Hill, Numplumz
The hottest race of the year provided some great close racing across the classes on our second visit to Borough Hill. Numplumz had changed the lap route to spice it up and some great chainsaw action from Mr FNSS Neil had opened up a section of the top wood that has been lost since the early days of racing here.
The pace from the seniors was fast on the hard packed ground and flowing woods sections and a six man train swapped places constantly as Dave Collins/Hope didn’t have it as easy as his previous rounds.
DC, U23 Rich Jones/XCracer and Ryan Henry/Oakham Sports Massage, along with Ben Roth/Orange Monkey, Mark Proudman/PODFS and Tom ScottCollins/numplumz all hammering round together. By the second lap the pace told and we were down to the three Elite racers but Henry was finding it hard holding onto DC and Jones. They both took the wins in their respective classes, but we can’t help thinking that the U23 class robs us of do or die races of all the front runners sometimes.
Proudman held on for 3rd senior and a great ride from Scott Collins gave him 2nd U23 over Roth in 3rd.
A good ladies field saw Fern Henry power away for another win but the battle for second between Vin Perkins/numplumz and Martine Verweij/MI Racing was close. On lap 2 Perkins dropped back, and it looked all over but a superb last lap brought her back on Martines wheel by the wood. Vin then jumped into 2nd for the final climb taking it by just 5 seconds at the flag. 2012 champ Hollie Bettles tried to keep on terms for a lap but had to settle for 4th.
The Vets and Grand Vet leaders formed another fast train with Lloyd Bettles/ AJ Cycles, Scott Rose/welland Valley CC, returning Pete Harris/Pierce Cycles and Tim Stowe/ MI Racing all hammering round in a cloud of dust. Eventually Rose could not keep the pace up and settled for 2nd Vet with Bettles well clear as he shadowed the titanic GV clash.
Nick Towers was a distant 3rd but now takes over the overall lead for now in this tight class. Stowe took the honours here way back in round 1, and Harris could not change that as Stowe jumped into the final narrow Singletrack ahead and there was no chance to sprint past. Peter Busby MI racing held on for a lap but drifted back for a lonely third.
In a small Youth field Ross Marriott took a commanding win from Bradley Simmons after a battling first lap.
So four rounds left, and with 6 races to count it’s still open in many classes.