Allott makes home advantage count

HOME ADVANTAGE: Ex-Buxton Hitmen rider Adam Allott, from Buxton, made a winning return to his home track. Photo: Luke Keeling.
HOME ADVANTAGE: Ex-Buxton Hitmen rider Adam Allott, from Buxton, made a winning return to his home track. Photo: Luke Keeling.
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LOCAL rider Adam Allott proved his controversial choice to switch from speedway to short track racing was a good one when he won his first meeting on Sunday at Buxton Speedway.

Allot, from Buxton, who is a former captain of the Buxton Hitmen speedway team, made the difficult decision to take a year out of the sport, which has been in his family for three generations, to focus on a different form of motorbike racing.

One of two Aprilia-sponsored riders, he had been scoring good points, but on Sunday used his knowledge of the tricky Buxton track to his advantage as he took top spot on the podium in the short track final and second in the mini bike final.

Allott said afterwards: “It’s my home town track so I had to come and do well, and I feel really happy now that I have proved I can win on flat track bikes.

“It’s been hard watching the Hitmen struggling this year but I really needed a year’s break from speedway to focus on other things and it’s been nice to have a less hectic race schedule.”

He added: “It means a lot to me for people to get behind me, and seeing lots of local people and familiar faces up here today has definitely helped my confidence.”