The inaugural PACC Junior Sprint Wars, brought to you by Champion Systems Australia was held last night at the Adelaide Superdrome. Due to popular demand the club decided to run a Junior version of the Sprint Wars format, giving the chance for U13-U19 riders to get some Match Sprint practice leading up to State Championships in early January.
A fantastic field of 30 riders lined up for qualifying with many never having had a chance to set an official flying 200m time outside of the training environment. Derek Radzikiewicz who usually features at the top end of the Open version of the Sprint Wars events, topped the time sheets, not quite getting into the 10’s with a respectable 11.07
With the qualifying times in, and after the race briefing, the riders were keen to get the Match Sprints underway and see who they would be up against in the first round.
The D-grade group had only 6 riders and due to the breakdown of the qualifying times, it was decided that PACC’s Oliver Wilson vs. Alec Johnson would be a best of 3 competition with the other 4 racing each other once to decide the two finalists. After 3 very close rounds, Alec Johnson was 2-1 up but a bonus round saw Oliver tie it away at 2-all and there was a brief consideration from the organisers to make it go to the best of 5 but a well-earned draw seemed the best way to finish things. In the D-grade final it was to be Edwardstown regulars Braydon Jones and Elliot Walker battling it out. Earlier in the night Walker just beat Jones in their Round 3 match up, however this time Jones was too strong despite a great out of saddle effort in the finishing straight from Walker.
The C-grade final was an all PACC affair with two of PACC’s inaugural NJTS team members, Eli Egglestone and Louisa Green taking it to each other in the final. Green had been showing some great Match Sprint tactics during the night to get through to the final but Egglestone was just too strong this time powering home for a comfortable win.
It was great to see a couple of riders come all the way down from the Riverland for the Junior Sprint Wars and Colby Jachmann made the most of it battling his way through the repechage to make the B-grade final against Liam Lawlor. Lawlor was the fastest B-grade qualifier and already had a win against Jachmann earlier in the night so this time it seemed like Jachmann wanted to make it as short a sprint as possible. Even at the bell, the sprint had not kicked off with Jachmann stalking Lawlor and it wasn’t until the back straight on the final lap they both jumped – like a 150m standing start effort! With Jachmann forced to take the outside line, it was always going to be tough and Lawlor hung on for the win.
On paper it seemed like Derek Radzikiewicz would have an easy win over Harrison Lodge in the A-grade final with a 0.4 gap separating the two in qualifying. However with both keen to have some fun and experiment with some alternate tactics (which is what Sprint Wars is all about) the final throw to the line came down to less than a wheels length, with Radzikiewiecz just doing enough to come past Lodge and take the win.
With the success of the event, there is sure to be more Junior Sprint Wars in the future! Thanks again to the fantastic PACC volunteer crew that run these events and acknowledgement must go to Race Director David Miller, Chief Commissaire Paula Hollamby, Commissaire Will Lyon, Commissaire & commentator Mark Gregory, sign-on with Mark Robinson, Clerk of Course Gemma Kernich, Track Marshal Michael Wheeler and the Timekeepers/Judges Jenny Macpherson and Chris Spence.
|PACC Junior Sprint Wars - 15 Dec 2014|
|27||Oliver WILSON||17.86||30||Alec JOHNSON|
|29||Elliot WALKER||15.45||28||Brailey JACHMANN|
|25||Braydon JONES||15.4||23||Alistair McMILLAN|
|31||Emerson NUGENT||14.8||20||Philip McINTOSH|
|26||Brayden CRUSH||14.05||19||Hannah OSBORN|
|18||Louisa GREEN||13.58||15||Olivia WHEELER|
|17||Eli EGGLESTONE||13.55||22||Mitchell BAILS|
|12||Mathew HOLLAND||13.65||16||Lewis WALKER|
|21||Liam BENNETT||13.45||13||Delilah RYAN|
|6||Fraser SMITH||12.7||14||Jake SIBLEY|
|9||Liam LAWLOR||13.39||10||Colby JACHMANN|
|8||Jarrad DRIZNERS||12.75||5||William LITTLE|
|3||Braden O'SHEA||12.35||11||Alistair BARR|
|2||Harrison LODGE||12.82||4||Cooper SAYERS|
|1||Derek RADZIKIEWICZ||13.9||7||James BRISTER|
|30||Alec JOHNSON||21.6||27||Oliver WILSON|
|29||Elliot WALKER||15.61||23||Alistair McMILLAN|
|25||Braydon JONES||15.27||28||Brailey JACHMANN|
|18||Louisa GREEN||14.39||31||Emerson NUGENT|
|17||Eli EGGLESTONE||13.27||26||Brayden CRUSH|
|6||Fraser SMITH||12.75||12||Mathew HOLLAND|
|9||Liam LAWLOR||12.69||21||Liam BENNETT|
|2||Harrison LODGE||12.05||8||Jarrad DRIZNERS|
|1||Derek RADZIKIEWICZ||11.85||3||Braden O'SHEA|
|30||Alec JOHNSON||16.12||27||Oliver WILSON|
|29||Elliot WALKER||15.37||25||Braydon JONES|
|23||Alistair McMILLAN||15.3||28||Brailey JACHMANN|
|18||Louisa GREEN||13.75||22||Mitchell BAILS|
|17||Eli EGGLESTONE||13.3||19||Hannah OSBORN|
|10||Colby JACHMANN||12.48||6||Fraser SMITH|
|9||Liam LAWLOR||12.6||14||Jake SIBLEY|
|2||Harrison LODGE||13.92||7||James BRISTER|
|1||Derek RADZIKIEWICZ||12.16||4||Cooper SAYERS|
|Round 3 - Finals|
|25||Braydon JONES||15.32||29||Elliot WALKER|
|17||Eli EGGLESTONE||13||18||Louisa GREEN|
|9||Liam LAWLOR||15.74||10||Colby JACHMANN|
|1||Derek RADZIKIEWICZ||11.84||2||Harrison LODGE|