Eurovets G.P. Series 2007.
Round 6 - “12th.
Eurovets Supervets Grandvets
1st. Lee Galley Southampton /
2nd. Dave Murphy
3rd. Norman Venson
4th. Les Stevens
5th. Ian Lawrence
6th. Mick Aris Wednesfield 18 20
7th. Roger Ellis Wednesfield 17 22 25 Points
8th. Lee Lawrence
9th. Dave Frith
10th. Alan Cox ex
11th. Fred Rothwell Bury 11 18
12th. Steve Harvie
13th. Steve Bloxham ex Hawbush 9 17
14th. Chris Riches ex Hawbush 9
15th. George Hughes
Referee Dave Hughes (Greater
The final round of 6 of the 3rd. Eurovets Grand Prix Series took place on a cool autumn afternoon on a well prepared East London track watched by a good crowd which included several members of the “Vintage and Veteran Speedway and Cycle Speedway Association” as well as former riders from South London and Essex. The 2 Filton Riders Burgess and Gibbs failed to turn up so EL’s George Hughes entered to ensure a quality field yet again with namesake and EL Chairman Dave Hughes in charge of the referee’s whistle.
The 3 wild card entrants, former London Old Masters Alan Cox and Steve Bloxham and 2005 3rd. place rider Chris Riches started in fine form but were soon overhauled by the athletic pace of the regular GP riders even although there were more over 50’s than 40’s in the field. The fancied riders soon took control of the racing with former East London rider Lee Lawrence starting with 3 straight wins while his brother Ian the current British Champ in both classes dented his chances with an exclusion against series leader and World Vets Champion Norman Venson in heat 11. Defending Old Master Dave Murphy put together a good middle session whilst Lee Galley top scored eventually with his EL team mate and 2005 winner Les Stevens finishing strongly with 3 wins to join Eurovets leader Venson in the “12th.London Old Masters” Grand Final.
The final saw Galley, who must have regretted missing the first 4 rounds, win from Murphy ahead of Venson and challenging Stevens. Ian Lawrence gained some consolation by winning both the B final and the o50’s version from Stevens whilst Mick Aris scored well in the other B finals but it was the continued good form of Grand Vet Roger Ellis that confounded a lot of people whilst World Vets Runner Up Dave Frith had a nightmare time on the track with an exclusion and several missed places, likewise host promoter Steve Harvie failed to capitalise on any local knowledge and Series Organiser Fred Rothwell was also below par.
The 3 wild cards all had their own highs while borrowed bike and kit thwarted George Hughes but all vowed to be back next year. Council Official Dave Flemming presented the Meeting Awards and Derek Kettal of the V&VSCSA presented the Series Prizes with
With enthusiasm really high for Vets racing next year’s series could expand even further with more rounds and a Home Nations Team Event a possibility. Full details and photos of this year can be found on the net at www.freewebs.com/eurovets & www.cyclespeedwayphotos.co.uk or email@example.com
Final Eurovets GP Standings after 6 Rounds
1st. N.Venson 121 Points, 2. D.Murphy 110, 3.I.Lawrence 108, 4. D.Frith 99, 5. M.Aris 91, 6. F.Rothwell 86, 7. R.Ellis 69, 8. S.Harvie 54, 9. L.Galley & L.Stevens 50, 11. D.o’Callaghan 41, 12. A.Evans 40,13. M.Burgess 34, 14. L.Lawrence 33, 15. P.Dyson 23, 16. M.Glover 22, 17 K.Marson 21, 18. M.Pedley & C.Wheeler 20, 20. J.McGloughlan 17, 21, P.Gibbs, A.Guest, C.Mackie & J.Murphy 16, 25. G.Davies & A.Cox 11, 27. I.McKinlay 10, 28. S.Bloxham, C.Riches, R.Absolom & J.Kuik 9, 32. P.Widdas 8, 33. G.Wielinski 6 & G.Hughes 5. Also Rode -R.Flemming (Aus) 11. Supervets – 1st. I.Lawrence 123, 2. F.Rothwell 113, 3. M.Aris 110, 4. R.Ellis 96, 5. S.Harvie 93, 6. L.Stevens 63, 7. M.Burgess 45, 8. C.Mackie 24, 9. M.Pedley & J.McGloughlan 22, 11. A.Cox, J.Murphy & C.Wheeler 21, 14. A.Guest 20, 15. I.McKinlay & P.Widdas 18. 17. S.Bloxham 17 & 18. C.Riches 9. Grand Vets – 1st. R.Ellis 123, 2. C.Mackie 45, 3. J.Murphy & C.Wheeler 25 & 5. I.McKinlay 23.
|East London Cycle Speedway - Oct 9 07
With a top 2 position still at stake East London traveled Kesgrave (Ipswich) on Sunday in their final Divi 2 fixture of the season.
Kesgrave (Ipswich) (70.5 +15) = 85.5
East London Scores:
Final placing for East London riders
Senior Nick Gunkel 2nd 112
Vets Les Stevens 1st 170
Sunday September 9, East London riders competed in Somesham (Suffolk) in round 7 of the South East Grand prix and competitors in 5 categories in the U13 U16,U19 Senior and Vets
Ever improving David Crawley raced in the U13's and scored 8 points in the qualifying heats , he a good gate to win the "C" final that puts him into 10th place with 35 Gp points.
Stephen Jarvis maintained his lead at the top of the U16 with a second place in his first race after a fall and then 3 straights wins with some good gating and a fine win in the "A" final bringing him total to 150 GP points.
Lee Ridgwell was top boy in the U19's maintaining him lead with 120 GP points. Nicky Gunkle scored a well earned 10 points and finisdhed 2nd in the "A" final to push his way up to 2nd place with 81 GP points.
Les Stevens was in fine form again after scoring 12 points in the British Vets championship on Saturday to finish in 8th placei. He maintain his lead the top of the vets section with an unassailable lead of 170 points.
British Finals Weekend
East London had representatives in the last stages of the British Finals held in Ipswich over the bank holiday weekend.
Les Stevens and Lee Ridgwell featured in the senior events and did not score sufficient enough points to qualify for the British Final itself despite some determined racing.
Steve Jarvis fared better in the U16's despite a shaky start in his semi final scoring only 4 point from his first 2 points bounced back with 3 straight win bringing his tally to 16 points and qualification to the final.
British Final U16 result: top 10 riders:
1st Carl Jarvis Leicester 18
Heat 10 started brightly for East London with Jarvis and Smith keeping the scores even, The second half saw the lead change many times with East London going into the last heat 1 point down, Jarvis and Stevens on 1 and 3 and Ipswich tracking their top 2 riders, the race changed at every lap as London held on to a 6-4 to win by 1.
East London 89
East London Scorers:
Stephen Jarvis 17+1, Alex Zielinski 16+1 Nick Gunkle 15+1, Lee Ridgwell 12, Steve Harvie 11+2 Les Stevens 9+3, Dave Hughes 6,Kevin Smith 4+1. George Hughes injured.
East London’s division 2 made it a happy visit to Ipswich with a 7 point win in the match + 30 handicap points for the use of top 4 riders. The match was quite an even affair again with East London just nudging into a lead they kept all thought the match with all the Londoners giving a good team performance.
East London Scores:
Stephen Jarvis 16 , Kevin Smith 12,+1 ,Steve Harvie 12 , Nick Gunkle 12 , Dave Hughes 9+1, George Hughes 8.
Next Saturday East London Host the 3rd and final test match with England V Poland 7pm start preceded by Veterans (O40s) Team Match - East London v An International Select 4.30 start at Canning Town Recreation Ground, Prince Regent Lane, London E16
Next Sunday East London travel to Kesgrave (Suffolk) in a division 2 fixture.
East London played host to the South East grand prix on August 5 with the home team having representatives in 4 categories.
Dave Crawley was first up in the U13's with some gritty riding scored 5 well earned points and finishing 2nd in the "B" final.
Stephen Jarvis maintained his lead at the top of the U16 section with 4 straight wins in the qualifying rounds and a big win in the "A" final.
Nicky Gunkle fought hard for his points and a fine 2nd place in the "A" final. East London had 2 representatives in the Veterans round with Les Stevens with a good win in the "A" final and Dave Hughes rode well for his 2nd place in the "A".
Grand Prix standings after 6 rounds East London riders
Rider Posistion points
U13's David Crawly 6th 26
U16's Stephen Jarvis 1st 125
U19's Lee Ridgwell 1st 95
Senior Lee Galley 2nd 63
Nicky Gunkle 3rd 61
Alex Zielinski 4th 54
Vets: Les Stevens 1st 145
Dave Hughes 3rd 68
Steve Harvie 4th 56
Kevin Smith 6th 14
Next Sunday East London are away to Ipswich in a Div1 and div2 fixture: Saturday 18th 7pm East London play host to England V Poland in the 3rd and final test.
East London traveled to Gt Blakenham on Sunday in a division 2 top of the table clash. Gt Blakenam started well with a 6-4 with Gunkle and Crawley pushing hard. G.Hughes and Smith raced to a 5-5 in heat 2 with Jarvis winning heat3 with D.Hughes slipping and finishing 4th.
London hit back with a 6-4 from the pairing of G.Hughes and Smith but lost to a fine 7-3 in heat 6.
At the interval London were down 11 points 45-34. The second half started bright for London when Jarvis and D.Hughes raced to a 6-4 and a 7-3 to keep the scores close.
With the scores still close and a 15 point buffer London went into heat 16 13 points down. With Jarvis facing a unbeaten Richardson he held his nerve to take the chequered flag with Gunkle 3rd the win now puts East London top of division 2.
Gt Blakenham 84
East London (74+15) 89
East London Scores:
Stephen Jarvis 21+1, Nicky Gunkle 17+1, George Hughes 12, Kevin Smith 9+1 Dave Hughes 9 and David Crawley 5
East London host round 6 of the South East grand prix at Canning Town Rec. E16 at 1pm. East London riders hold good positions in most categories with Les Stevens 1st in the Vets, Lee Galley 1at in the Senior Lee Ridgwell 1st in the U19 and Stephen Jarvis 1st in the U16's
East London had 2 home matches on Sunday with a South East Div1 fixture against Somersham and a division 2 fixture against Colchester .
The 1st match proved a decisive win for East London by 36 points.
Things started well for the East London a 7-3 from Jarvis and Gunkle followed by a 7-3 from Zielinski and Harvie. 2 6-4's followed from Ridgwell and Stevens and Jarvis and Hughes, 2 more 7-3's from Gunkle and Smith and Ridgwell and Hughes and a 6-4 ,then Somersahm hit back with a 7-3 and a 6-4 leaving the score at the interval 56-31 21 points up.
Much the same in the second half with East London keeping up the pressure, with Alex Zielinski and Lee Ridgwell being unbeaten by an opponent. East London now move up to 3rd place in the South East Division1.
East London 106
East London 73
East London Cycle
East London played host to the first round of the Essex and London grand prix on Sunday with David Crawley racing in the U12's and scoring a well earned 7 points and a 3 rd place in the "A" final.
Stephen Jarvis showing his consistent form in the U16's again scoring 16 points in the rounds and a fine win from grid 4 in the "A" final.
In the senior round Alex Zielinski won the round with 15 points being beaten once by team mate Jarvis, Gunkle Stevens and Harvie all rode well on a very slippery track:
1st Alex Zielinski 15
2nd Nick Gunkle 13
3rd Stephen Jarvis 11
5th Les Stevens 9
5th Steve Harvie 9
East London next home fixture at Canning town Rec. is 24th June V Somersham (
East London Cycle
It was back to individual competitions for East London riders on Sunday, June 3 at Ipswich for round 4 of the South East Grand Prix where
Stephen Jarvis was on winning form again with 4 straight wins and good win in the "A" final to maintain his lead in the u16's with 100gp points.
Lee Ridgwell was showing up well again with 15 points in the qualifying rounds and a 2nd place in the "A" final the first time he has been beaten in the U19's but keeps his lead with 95 gp points.
Alex Zielinski had a hard battle to qualify for the "A" final in the senior event but managed a fine 2nd place, which puts him in 4th place with 36 points, Lee Galley still maintains his lead with 63.
This Sunday, June 10 East London host the Essex and
|South East Region Cycle Speedway League Averages 2007|
|* Ever Present||min meets 4, 3 sey, 5 comb||Restricted in italics|
|South East D1||M||R||P||BP||Av/R||M||R||M||R||1sts||2nds||3rds||4ths||Ex||P||BP||TP||Max||Av/R|
|South East D2||M||R||P||BP||Av/R||M||R||M||R||1sts||2nds||3rds||4ths||Ex||P||BP||TP||Max||Av/R|
Div 2 Averages
|Qualification: 4 matches (excl. restricted riders)|
Div 1 Averages
|Qualification: 4 matches|
|East London||Gt Blakenham||SE1||73-103|
|East London B||Gt Blakenham B||SE2||62-82|
|East London B||Ipswich B||SE2||101-71|
|East London B||Hethersett B||SE2||85-74|
|East London B||Colchester||SE2||72-54|
|East London B||Kesgrave||SE2||73-84|
|Gt Blakenham||East London||SE1||104-75|
|Colchester||East London B||SE2||78-82|
|Gt Blakenham B||East London B||SE2||84-89|
|Hethersett B||East London B||SE2||108-97|
|Ipswich B||East London B||SE2||60-91|
|Kesgrave||East London B||SE2||85.5-89.5|
|South East Division 1||Home||Away||2007|
|South East Division 2||Home||Away||2007|
|Gt Blakenham B||10||3||0||2||4||0||1||863||771||14|
|East London B||10||3||0||2||2||0||1||8505||780.5||14|