Winter Dual – Round 8 – SO FAST
When I turned up to Farmer Jacks last week just before dual he became a bit flustered; he’d forgotten to move the horses out of the field we were going to race in. I must admit I was a little disppaointed as I’d been looking forward to getting back to the fast grass racing we’d enjoyed last season when the weather was dry and the speeds were hi. However, I tried to placate Jack as it I knew we’d have just as much fun over on the Dual track… however, I didn’t quite expect that much fun.
You may remember a few duals back we’d made the effort to go a fettle the track a bit. It had had a season of rain and cows trampling on it followed by ‘That Dual we do not mention’ (the snow epic). However, when we raced, the heavens were open as usual and we slipped sideways whilst being blown back up the hill by the wind. Last Wednesday was just a little different!
The track was dry and nearly dusty. The lack of rain for a week and the incessant wind had left conditions prime and the boys were ready to make use of it. Right from the first run it was clear it was going to be fast. Once the remnants of ruts from the last battle had been polished off by tyres bars got dragged, berms got smashed and rear tyres were screaming to hang on to their rims.
This high speed unslippy dual led to a few surprising results. Rob Jolley was put out in the ‘qualis’ so only got two runs the whole night. Reigning Champ, Tim Pearson, was put out in the first round by ‘Bike Cracker’ Hawden who was on fire all night. Its not too surprising considering he’d given Sam Dale a run for his money on the same track back at ‘The dual we do not mention‘. All night times came down and many times the final table top was occupied by two riders, in the air, bar to bar, #wontbackingdown, fighting to the line. Dave Camus was coming out of every berm happily on his rear wheel, Will Swinden was loving the speed and didnt stop peddaling; while Josh ‘ Loose Dog’ Lewis was making the most of his new steed and was just unstoppable, visibly faster almost everyone and keeping his back end loose.
The result was one of the most memorable duals for the right reasons for a while. Everyone was grinning from ear to ear (even Tim and Joll) and enjoying being able to carve through the corners for a change. Thank god Jack didnt move the horses!
Massive thanks to Steph Anderson our timing Queen who kept us on track all night ably assisted by Joll for a change who’s heckles made the whole night even better.
As the season draws to a close, things are getting increasingly tight at the top. Everything is left to race for and theres even some cheeky bonus points coming up. Could it tip the balance? Josh Lewis was ‘so stoked’ to finally get a win at dual. I think its the first time he’s actually managed to stay on his bike. Hopefully, that’s a good omen for the season to come! Good luck lad.