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Premier Calender Round 2

21 year old Russell Downing struck a blow for Britains
up and coming riders with his first Premier Calendar victory in an exciting Grand
Prix of Essex.

The 102 mile race, based on the town of Halstead, was covered in the impressive time
of 3 hours 54 minutes (ave. speed over 26mph), a record for the event. An early break
saw a group of 12 riders build a two and a half minute lead over 15 chasers with
the main field a further minute back. By 65

miles a lead group of 24 riders had consolidated a lead of three and a half minutes.
Russell Downing then launched an attack which pulled a clear a small group of riders,
Kevin Dawson, Mark Lovatt and two of the BCF World Class Performance Programme (WCPP)
Under-23 riders, Dan Bridges and Jamie Alberts. Andy Lyons soon joined them, but
Bridges was unluckily left behind with a broken chain, despite a quick response from
his team car. A further attack from the confident Downing left him with only Lovatt
and Dawson to deal with and a fierce sprint up Market Hill to the finish gave him
the race by the comfortable margin of 4 seconds. A feature of the race was the high
number of under 23 riders, with the BCF-WCPP placing four of their riders in the
top 15, and eight under 23s in the top twenty.


1. Russell Downing BCF Private Member 102 miles in 3h 54m 57s

2. Mark Lovatt Pro-Vision/Planet X @ 4s

3. Kevin Dawson Pete Read Racing @ 5s

4. Mike Jones Robert Grinsell Travel @ 46s

5. Andy Lyons BCF Private Member @ 47s

6. Aaron McCaffrey HeffÇs Bike Shop same time

7. Paul Crook HeffÇs Bike Shop @ 3m 43s

8. Anthony Malarczyk www.Realcostcarimports @3m 45s

9. Jamie Alberts BCF-WCPP @ 3m 51s

10. Keith Haddon Terry Wright Cycles @ 4m 14s

Series Standings after 2 Events

Pos Rider Team Total Points

1= DOWNING Russell BCF Private Member 40

1= NEWTON, Chris Middridge CRT 40

3= TANNER, John Provision Powerbar 35

3= LOVATT Mark Provision Powerbar 35

5 LYONS, Andy BCF Private Member 31

6= BROOKS, Ben(Aus) Linda McCartney 30

6= DAWSON Kevin Pete Reade Racing 30

8 McCAFFREY Aaron Heffs Bike/Jackson 28

9= RANDLE, Wayne Provision Powerbar 25

9= JONES Mike Robert Grinsell Travel 25


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