Sunday 30th June saw the 2013 Perth Winter Track Cycling Grand Prix take place, and what a day of racing it was, with Perth once again host to riders from Malaysia, NZ, NSW and Victoria. Following on from the Masters Track Nationals earlier in the year, the Masters were well represented as well as many of the regular Track riders across all grades.
The morning started off rather chilly, which was reflected by the sprint qualifying times, but this did not deter the riders, and as we moved into the sprint rounds there was some very fast racing. A mixture of scratch, elimination, point stealer races ensured all grades had well and truly warmed up before the heats of the Men’s Westral were run. The Men’s Westral saw 3 qualifying heats with 18 riders through to the final while the Women’s , U15’s and U13’s was a straight final.
The westral wheelrace was of course the highlight of the event, with the women’s and men’s events both having one of the most exciting finishes seen in recent times. In the Women’s Westral Allee Proud was attempting to make it three in a row, but Bella King had other ideas and and Allee had to settle for second, with Elissa Wundersitz coming in third. WA’s Sam Welsford scored the Men’s Westral in a photo finish and probably the closest finish ever over Scott Law separated by mere millimetres, with local Blake Smith also close behind in third place.
The U15’s and U13’s were also hotly contested. The junior u13’s wheelrace saw Sebastian Barrett claim first place, with Tomas Hayward a close second and Max Leiner coming in third. Julian Krohn crossed the line first in the u15’s wheelrace, with Kye Bonser and Kasey Smith claiming second and third respectively.
Following the Westral presentations, Keirin and Derby events were held with the final event being an A grade Points race. Despite the earlier racing 16 riders presented on the line and the pace was fast and furious, leading to 5 riders abandoning, but all points were hotly contested. Matthew Jackson put on a fantastic display of race tactics and power to claim the points race with a total of 21 points, followed by Sam Welsford in second (16 points) and NSW’s Scott Law rounding out the top 3 with 14 points.
The event had number of exciting close finishes which had the good crowd at the speeddome in awe of the talent that was on display. The racing from juniors to the elite was intense which each and every rider giving it their absolute all in an attempt to gain a top 3 placing.
Congratulations Track Cycling WA and it’s supporters and sponsers for the once again putting on another fantastic display of track cycling!
We look forward to seeing you all again next year!