The heat is on at the velodrome
AFTER several weeks’ Christmas break the track season was back in action on Friday night.
Conditions were pretty good with just a light breeze and going from mild to cool as the evening moved in.
In the warm up one lap time trial there were only Josh Wight and Felicity Waddell who posted new season personal bests. Gavin Slavin managed to finally have his first night of track racing and was moving well.
In the Senior one lap dash against the clock the quickest was Gavin at 32.61.
Oliver McLean was the quickest Junior at 35.61.
Oliver had raced the Christmas Carnivals at Bendigo, Shepparton and Wangaratta and won all his Under 15 races at the first two meets before finding the competition a bit stiffer at Wangaratta.
The Senior scratch race over eight laps saw Gavin Slavin claim the win from Kevin Feely and Dylan Adams.
In the Junior five lap scratch race it was Oliver just getting in front of Tom and Kaleb Jans.
The Juniors raced a one lap handicap and Felicity Waddell (40) won from Josh Wight (35) whilst Oliver (scr) dashed past for third place.
The two lap handicap race saw Kaleb Jan (55) chase down the leaders with a half lap to go and then hang on to the lead to win from Oliver(scr) and Tom Fitzgerald (30).
In the Senior two lap handicap it was a win for Dylan Adams (15) from Kev Feely (35) and Graham Jans (75).
The Seniors had a seven lap progressive points race and Dane Herbert went out hard early and picked up points on the first four laps.
At the end of the fifth lap Dylan Adams went past right on the line.
Dylan kept the momentum going and cleaned up the points on the remaining laps to take the race from Dane.
In the Seniors’ sprint, heat one saw Gavin take the win over Dylan.
Heat two it was Kevin Feely from Rob Waddell while in heat three Graham Jans beat Dane in a photo finish.
In heat four Bernadette won ahead of Wayne Tunks (Latrobe Valley).
In the Junior sprints, heat one went to Oliver over Thomas and heat two was a win for Felicity over Josh.
The last races of the evening were an eight lap Senior race and a three lap Junior race.
The Senior race saw Dylan get a dream run after the bell as the other riders moved up the track.
Dylan took the opening and scored an easy win with Gavin Slavin in second and Kevin Feely third.
Oliver from Thomas and Felicity won the Juniors’.
Provided the rain stays away and it does not reach 40 plus degrees like last Wednesday, track training will be on Wednesday evening and racing again on Friday evening (rain is forecast for Friday so riders should check Facebook late on Friday afternoon.
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