Paul Hart and Katie-Ann were both representing the Wheelers at this
event. Katie-Ann travelled down the day before and got a great nights
rest at Salisbury. The alarm went off at 6am, quick shower and
breakfast, and away by 7am. We had a short drive to the circuit and
Katie-Ann managed to sneak out on to the track for 1 lap to give her an
idea of what it was like but the morning mist was so bad it was hard to
see and you had no idea were the corners were until you were upon them,
but it gave her a good feeling and the drag up to the finish was a lot
harder than she thought it was going to be.
Then off to the main building to sign on and get her pack and have a quick look at the trade stands and begin her preparation for the warm up and start. At 9.03:30 Katie-Ann was off for her 5 laps. Paul had arrived at the track after setting off early in the morning to drive down and giving Katie-Ann a big shout as she passed for each lap. Nicky, Hannah and I had walked down Pitt Lane and to the edge of the track to help Katie Ann count down her laps, as it was the riders responsibility to pull off the track and go down the final straight to get your finish time. Even with our help she nearly missed the Pitt Lane being on the left hand side of several riders and had to take evasive action not to hit the wall or other riders.
She had finished in 30 min 14sec for her 11.7 miles then came in for
a warm down. Katie -Ann managed to have a quick chat to Paul and pass on
some information about the course as he was going to have to race the
course unsighted. Luckily by then the mist had lifted and Paul was off
to start his warm up. At 11:01 Paul was under way and we cheered Paul
through each lap. He was looking good and he was flying. His laps ticked
by and he came tearing down Pitt Lane to get his impressive time of
23min 25sec. Both riders had a great mornings racing and felt there
should be more events held at these kind of great venues. When the
results were in Paul had finished in 8th place.