Round 6 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2016/7 Criterium season was held out at the Victoria University track out at Hoppers Crossing, with Thursday night’s racing being held in windy and chilly conditions.
In the A-Grade race, 29 year old Melbourne resident Andrew Bonello was revelling in the conditions. “It was quite cool and I feel I operate best in cooler conditions; so this was ideal. I didn’t do anything stupid and just stayed with the bunch, and at the end there were too many in the sprint, I just waited till the second last corner and put the foot down first and won by a few bike lengths.’ Bonello took the win from David Newett in second place and Shane Ward in third.
In B-Grade, 28 year old Williamstown resident Vlad Djuric played the waiting game. ‘We might have started off at a medium pace to let the entry taker warm up, but after that it was just attack after attack. Daniel Welch especially threw down a few huge attacks that were hard to chase. Then a group of 4 got up the road and we were lucky to chase them down. I tried a few attacks but the bunch were small but working well together so we were all together at the end. I knew I had to stick to Dan Welch’s wheel for the last few laps; on the bell lap his big engine was the perfect leadout.’ The tiring Welch, having hammered on the front for the last lap, was swamped on the line by Djuric in first place and Mark Micallef in second, Welch hanging on to third.
C-Grade’s race was taken by Southern Masters rider Damian Gatt, who went first and held off Seb Chetcuti and new to racing Damian Care, and in D-Grade, veteran Tommy Gray showed us he still has it by beating Paul Beasley and Bob Shannon to the line.
A: 1 BONELLO, ANDREW (Footscray), 2 NEWETT, DAVID (Footscray), 3 WARD, SHANE (Footscray), 4 MULKEARNS, AARON (Echuca/Moama)
B: 1 DJURIC, VLAD (Footscray), 2 MICALLEF, MARK (Footscray), 3 WELCH, DANIEL (Footscray), 4 NAUGHTIN, ANDREW (Footscray)
C: 1 GATT, DAMIAN (Southern Masters), 2 CHETCUTI, SEB (Footscray), 3 CARE, DAMIAN (3RL), 4 LANE, DAVID (Footscray)
D: 1 GRAY, TOMMY (Footscray), 2 BEASLEY, PAUL (Footscray), 3 SHANNON, ROBERT (Footscray), 4 WILSON, GRAEME (Footscray)