Race Report and Results – R13
Sunday morning’s Round 13 racing saw the FCC head out to Drake Boulevard in Altona, the wide and fast circuit attracting large fields. In A Grade, Travis Small decided to lay in an early attack, going off the front on lap 3, and setting up the break that would eventually lead to Dom Dudkiewicz taking the win. ‘About half a lap after Travis went up the road I decided to give him some company, and I took off with Miles DaCosta, Matt Elkan and Brett Hickford on my wheel. Matt held on for a lap but then went out the back and the four of us left worked very well together. Just as I was planning to attack my group and go solo I noticed the bunch was nearly upon us again, so I put in another hard lap and stretched the elastic, then attacked my group with 2 to go and went solo for the win.’ In behind Dudkiewicz, Miles DaCosta took second place and Brett Hickford third.
In B-Grade, 56 year old cycling legend Agostino Giramondo attacked the bunch at just the right moment to create a two man breakaway with Glen Grbesa, the two powering away from a hard chasing bunch to defy the odds and remain clear until the last lap. The Drapac Pro Cycling Sports Director made the definitive move after a barrage of attacks in the first 20 minutes, ‘It’s just criterium racing, you have to keep attacking. I was happy to take Glen to the finish line, but he was a bit cooked at the end and I took off with half a lap to go.’ Behind, in the bunch sprint, Grbesa was swamped with a few meters to go, with young Ben Kirkham taking the bunch sprint and second just ahead of Ash Lehmann in third.
In C-Grade, 18 year old Altona Meadows resident Sebastien Chetcuti took the sprint after a spirited barrage of breakaways, led by Phil Tehan and Michael Francis. ‘It surprised me a bit that none of the breaks survived, as they looked good, but it came back together. I came around the last corner in third wheel, and went as hard as I could.’ Chetcuti took the sprint definitively, with Simon Perryman and Thomas Rebesco taking second and third respectively.
D Grade put the pressure on early, and after a series of attacks and surges, settled into a lively pace. In the end, it was Mark Koutogiannis who took the sprint, and most likely a promotion, from Andrew Rossiter and Steve Biggs.
A: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Miles DaCosta, 3rd Brett Hickford, 4th Travis Small, 5th Matthew Heath.
B: 1st Agostino Giramondo, 2nd Ben Kirkham, 3rd Ash Lehmann, 4th Andrew Leighton, 5th Mark Micallef.
C: 1st Sebastien Chetcuti, 2nd Simon Perryman, 3rd Thomas Rebesco, 4th James Bell, 5th Phil Tehan.
D: 1st Mark Koutogiannis, 2nd Andrew Rossiter, 3rd Steve Biggs, 4th Alan Palser, 5th Daniel Atkins.