Hines starts strong ahead of track open

TIM Hines’ strong form was on show ahead of February’s Dubbo Track Open after he won two races and placed in a third at Tuesday night’s Dubbo City Toyota Track Racing Series at Victoria Park No.1 Oval.

Hines took out both A-grade handicap races, as Jason Farr won the opening scratch race and Kurt Eather won the 20-lap scratch race, with Chris Couper, Eather and Farr recording placings.

World Masters Track Champion Darrell Wheeler (two lap handicap), World Masters track medallist Graeme Peadon (four lap handicap) and Sam Fitzgerald (six and ten lap scratch races) were the winners of four B-grade events, with Justin Brooks, Peadon, Wheeler and Fitzgerald all taking minor placings.

Brodie Wheeler (five lap scratch race and four lap handicap) took two wins in C-grade, with Lachie Clark (two lap handicap) and Heather Ticehurst (six lap scratch) race winning the other two events, while Cat Fuller, Craig Granger, Wheeler, Clark and Ticehurst finished with placings.

Sarah Gordon (both handicaps) and Jason Canobie (both scratch races) shared he D-grade spoils over Lauren Fuller and Michelle Fuller.

Hamish Murphy, Zoe Shanks and Mason Shanks scored wins in the junior development races, while Chris and Will Gilbert and Emily Hines were the winners of the junior division two events.

Trent Hines took out three of the four junior division one events, while Makayla Fuller skipped clear to win the other event, with Imogen Fuller and Zac Fuller finishing in the placings.

Track racing continues next Tuesday night at Victoria Park No.1 Oval and will include the Club Championships scratch races, which were rescheduled after a wash-out in early December.

Adam Mitchell finished a creditable 26th in the Cycling Australia National under-23 criterium last Wednesday.

A five-man breakaway was established in the early stages of the event and was unable to be reeled in by the peloton, with Mudgee’s Ayden Toovey finishing third behind South Australia’s Alex Porter.

Mitchell fell victim to the heat and the tough Buninyong climb during the 132km under-23 national road race, which was won by NSWIS rider Sam Jenner.

Dubbo juniors Haylee and Zara Fuller, Danny Barber, Luke Ensor and Dylan and Kurt Eather are preparing for the NSW Junior State Track Championships, which will be held at Dunc Gray Velodrome in two weeks.

Barber, Ensor, Haylee Fuller and the Eather brothers took part in two days of rigorous training under NSW Junior Coach Tom Dawson this week in preparation for the event, with the young Dubbo riders not only vying for state titles but also selection in the NSW squad for the National Junior Track Championships in February. 

Competition for the junior track championships commences February 22 at 9am and finishes at 1pm on Saturday February 25 with teams from every state and territory in Australia competing for 28 national titles in the under-15s and 17s.

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