Belle Vue’s Summer Speed Saturday ended in triumph for Colts No.1 Jordan Palin in the British Youth Championships after another flawless performance saw him finish top of the 500cc pecking order.
An afternoon with a difference started with supporters experiencing the thrills of riding the National Speedway Stadium on pedal bikes with the added attraction of a superb vintage bike display.
Ricky Ashworth and Dan Bewley joined in with the two-wheeled pedal action before Round 4 of the British Youth Championship got underway, with the whole field saluting injured rider Sam Norris.
The evening was action-packed with a full contingent of riders present in all classes, though two were unable to complete their programmed rides after coming to grief in two separate accidents.
Rico Joyce and Jacob Clayton – 125cc and 500cc respectively – both withdrew on medical grounds after two gnarly crashes, with the worst damage reported as a suspected ankle injury for Clayton.
Max Perry went on to win the 125/150cc category in Manchester while Sam McGurk took the spoils in the 250cc category and Jordan Palin completed the rostrum with a win in the 500cc category.
Palin said: “It couldn’t have gone better for me. I had the setup right from the word go and I took every heat as it came really. I’m really pleased with the starts I was making as well.
“There’s still a way to go before the end of the series so I need to keep things going as I have. We’re at Swindon tomorrow [June 23] so it’s a busy weekend but hopefully it’ll be another good result.”
GB Youth boss Neil Vatcher said: “It certainly was an action-packed night. There was some brilliant racing. All the lads deserve a pat on the back for their efforts, they all did extremely well.
“Everyone loves coming here and hopefully the supporters enjoyed it too. Obviously, our thoughts remain with Sam Norris, and we all continue to hope and pray for a speedy recovery for him.”
Next home action for the Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces is a week on Monday, July 1 when they take on the Poole Pirates at the National Speedway Stadium in Premiership action.
Tickets available online at www.bellevue-speedway.com.
RESULT – BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP – SATURDAY, JUNE 22
1 Jordan Palin
2 Joe Thompson
3 Dan Thompson
1 Sam McGurk
2 Sam Hagon
3 Sam Peters
1 Max Perry
2 Max James
3 Luke Harrison