Last night the final round of Seight Sports Sprint Wars was run at the Adelaide Superdrome. With the Superdrome closing for a few months, it was a final opportunity for riders to get some valuable track time and there was nearly a full field of 32 riders lining up for their flying 200m qualifying, with some U17 riders boosting the Elite entries.
Fastest qualifier Simon Eglinton backed up the number one position with a clean win against David Miller in the A-grade grouping. In the B-grade grouping, Mick Young used his bigger gearing to best advantage against Leo Zimmerman on his U17 gearing to win yet another pair of Sprint Wars socks. Rumour has it, there is a shrine in his house dedicated to the Sprint Wars socks. The C-grade group had a good mix of experienced and new riders, (including a guy who rocked up for the usual Friday novice night that was convinced to buy a license on the spot and race!) and the qualifying times were closely grouped making for some good Match Sprinting. In the final it was PACC’s Andrew Welch, a long-time supporter of Sprint Wars that won out over Sprint Wars debutant Ashley Kearvell. (Apologies to Max Frost who should’ve been in the final – Sprint Wars socks coming your way). There was only 1/10th separating the two finalists in the D-grade group, with Alex ‘Alphabet’ Gwiazdsinski proving too experienced for recently crowned Masters State Sprint Champion Simone Niejalke.
Well done to all the U17 riders that battled away against the bigger geared Open riders and a special mention to PACC’s Sophie Ashley for being the fastest female qualifier. We’ll publish results a bit later and look out for Tim Lofts photos of the event. Richard Morton has posted many (11!) albums here. Thank you to all the riders for racing, officials and volunteers for making it happen. That’s it for Sprint Wars this season, although we may run a sneaky one-off edition at Hanson Reserve once it’s up and running – keep your eyes peeled for further information.
Cover photo c/ Richard Morton - that tricky moment when both riders question whether they won! (PACC Michael Young had, and was well on his way to more socks)
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