Suffolk cycle speedway stars get off to a flyer in Battle of Britain series

SE & East's Josh Brooke and Leon Mower contain Mike Baldock as Myke Grimes takes the lead from the g

SE & East's Josh Brooke and Leon Mower contain Mike Baldock as Myke Grimes takes the lead from the gate. Photo: PHIL CLARKE - Credit: Archant

The South East & East region senior side began the defence of their Battle of Britain title with a comfortable win against their main rivals the Midlands at Whitton Sports and Community Centre on Sunday.

Harrison Bacon and Lewis Brinkhoff pursue the Midlands' Damian Pelaczyc. Photo: PHIL CLARKE

Harrison Bacon and Lewis Brinkhoff pursue the Midlands' Damian Pelaczyc. Photo: PHIL CLARKE - Credit: Archant

After taking the lead in the fourth heat, three 7-3 heat wins put the home side 14 points up by half-time.

The visitors struggled with the dusty surface in the unseasonal heat, making it comfortable for the East to defend their lead, eventually finishing 11 points up.

Lewis Brinkhoff passes Midlander Cameron Gill as the Eastern region's pits celebrate! Photo: PHIL CL

Lewis Brinkhoff passes Midlander Cameron Gill as the Eastern region's pits celebrate! Photo: PHIL CLARKE - Credit: Archant

The pick of the battles was the Midlands’ Myke Grimes and the East’s Matt Hill, the younger Hill brother met the British individual Champion twice and used his speed to best advantage, working with Josh Brooke for a 7-3 in heat six and forcing a mistake from Grimes that led to a crash and his exclusion in heat 16.

The SE&E will be buoyed by this start to their Battle of Britain season.

Matt Hill and Josh Brooke of the SE & E senior team lead Myke Grimes and Lee Kemp. Photo: PHIL CLARK

Matt Hill and Josh Brooke of the SE & E senior team lead Myke Grimes and Lee Kemp. Photo: PHIL CLARKE - Credit: Archant


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South East and East 102: Lewis Osborne 14+2, Ashley Hill 15+1, Richard Fellgett 7, Adam Peck 12+1, Matt Hill 18, Josh Brooke 21+1, Dan Knights 8+2, Leon Mower 7+2

Midlands 91

The Midlands' Ben Wells crashes in to the East's James Porter. Photo: PHIL CLARKE

The Midlands' Ben Wells crashes in to the East's James Porter. Photo: PHIL CLARKE - Credit: Archant

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The Midlands Junior squad were series champions in 2017, and they started off with a bang against the South East and East juniors, aided by a crash for Pierce Bacon in heat one and a tapes exclusion for Lewis Brinkhoff in heat two.

However, the SE&E kept their composure and when Tyler Brinkhoff and Pierce Bacon got a maximum in heat six, they took the lead. The gap had extended to eight points by heat 14 when the East’s James Porter was excluded for bringing down Ben Wells.

Eastern region's Josh Brooke and Leon Mower, gates two and four, gating against the Midlands' Mike B

Eastern region's Josh Brooke and Leon Mower, gates two and four, gating against the Midlands' Mike Baldock and Myke Grimes. Photo: PHIL CLARKE - Credit: Archant

Ben Clarke had been leading but moved under starters orders in the re-run as the young SE&E team suffered one of five exclusions on the day.

However, British Under 16 Champion Harrison Bacon was solid throughout and with Tyler Brinkhoff impressing, the pair restored the East’s advantage as the side rode more composed in the final heats to secure victory as the team made a good start to their campaign.

South East and East 99: Pierce Bacon 19+2, Tyler Brinkhoff 17+2, Lewis Brinkhoff 18+1, Reece Johnson 4, Harrison Bacon 20, Adam Cooper 7+1, James Porter 6, Ben Clarke 8

Midlands 94

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