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Top cycle speedway riders in action at Filton track

Posted on Tuesday 28th August 2012 at 1:51 pm by SH (Editor)

2012 British Cycle Speedway Championships at Elm Park, Filton.

The country’s top cycle speedway riders were in action at Filton’s Elm Park track on Sunday (26th August), contesting the semi-finals of the 2012 British Championships.

Filton was hosting the second day of the three-day championships, the other two days being played out in Newport, South Wales.

Qualifying rounds were held to narrow the field down to 32 riders competing in two ‘open’ semi-finals – each consisting of 20 heats.

Points earned in each competitor’s five rides were totalled up to determine who would go through to the final held yesterday (Monday) in Newport.

Pre-race favourites Andy Angell (Sheffield) and Paul Heard (Birmingham) made it safely through to the final but other fancied riders, including Steve Harris (Oxford), failed to make the cut.

In contrast to the sunny weather enjoyed at Filton, Monday’s finals were marred by torrential rain and slippy conditions. A victory by Andy Angell in the final heat saw him retain his title with a score of 19 points ahead of Paul Heard (18) and Lewis Bates (17).

The Filton cycle speedway track was built in 2006 at a cost of £40,000 but has been rarely used. Filton Cycle Speedway Club (also known as the Filton Flyers), formed in 2006, entered teams in the South West League for a few years but hasn’t competed since “hitting difficulties” in 2009.

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