Rollercoaster of a week for Buxton Hitmen

British Youth Championship, Buxton, 31.7.2011''Adam prtwood (W) leading Adam Kirby (y) and Michael Neale (b)
British Youth Championship, Buxton, 31.7.2011''Adam prtwood (W) leading Adam Kirby (y) and Michael Neale (b)

BUXTON Hitmen captain Adam Allott secured a place on the podium in the individual challenge event of the FAST Golden Hammer in Wolverhampton last Tuesday.

The meeting featured top riders from the National League competing against each other, with Buxton rider Allott finishing second.

Speaking afterwards, he said: “I’m really happy to have come second, but I was so close to being the winner, losing out by just one point.”

Allott won all but one of his races, when he had made bike changes to give him some more power off the start.

Allott said: “I really should have just left the bike alone. If I hadn’t have made the changes for my second race I would have probably won that race too. I changed it back and then won all my races after that, but you learn from these experiences.

The following Saturday, the Hitmen competed in the National League Fours at Stoke. Unfortunately, after a good start for the Hitmen, the team just fell short of making the final, which saw rivals the Dudley Heathens take the win on the night.

Promoter Jayne Moss said: “We knew it was going to be a tough ask as the National League is strong this year and we were up against some tough competition on Saturday. After our first rides it was looking positive for us, but group two was strong with Belle Vue and home team Stoke fighting for a final place too.

“This week has been the story of our season so far, really getting close but not close enough. We have some league meetings coming up so hopefully the boys will fight back and start getting some wins in.”

The Hitmen are in action at the Isle of White on August 9.