Tidball brothers star as Exeter Aces host, and perform well in major meeting.

12:37 07 April 2014

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Exeter Aces Cycle Speedway Club held the first round of the British Youth and Junior League South-West Round.

On the day the overall winners where Poole, who finished on 240, just three points in front of the hosts who finished on 237 with Newport (82), Underwood (55), Horspath (44) and Southampton (18), the other teams involved.

The Under-8s started proceedings with a field of a dozen riders, four of which came from hosts Exeter.

Of the home riders, JJ Wildman got the best result gaining 14 points to see him through to the A final, the top of the flights of race, and he completed the day with a third place finish with the Poole duo of Joe Hurran and Danny Reeks taking the top two spots; Reeks the overall winner.

Charley Stanbury, competing in her first full year of racing, finished on nine points, this saw her go through to the B final, where she finished third. Newcomer, Charlie Braybrook competed in his first meeting of the year. He finished on nine points also and made the B final where he finished behind team-mate Stanbury. Little mascot for the Aces, Jack Tidball, was also competing in his first full year of racing, one of the youngest competitors, if not the youngest, in the meeting, finished on four points and was placed fourth in the C final.

Results. C Final: 1, Sonny Whale – Southampton; 2, Natalie Goulden – Poole; 3, Ben Ives – Poole; 4, Jack Tidball - Exeter

B Final: 1, Oliver Saunders – Poole; 2, Sam Oddie – Poole; 3, Charley Stanbury – Exeter; 4, Charlie Braybrook - Exeter

A Final: 1, Danny Reeks – Poole; 2, Joe Hurran – Poole; 3, JJ Wildman – Exeter; 4, Logan Smith - Underwood

In the Under-10s there were 14 competitors with five representing Exeter.

Ellie Riddle, youngest girl in the age category finished fourth in the C final whilst Finlay Webb was third in the C final and Sam Boulton, new to the junior league scene, scored seven points to progress to the C final where he finished second behind Ralph Jones of Newport. Rosie Tidball finished on 15 points, only dropping a point to the overall winner of the day, Nathan Goulding. She progressed to the A final, where she finished second. Harry Stanbury also finished on 15 points, dropping his only point in qualifying races to Goulding.

Stanbury was sitting second in the A final when he was forced to stop to tend to grit in his eye and eventually came in fourth.

Results. D Final: 1, Sam Davies – Newport.

C Final: 1, Ralph Jones – Newport; 2, Sam Boulton – Exeter; 3, Finlay Webb – Exeter; 4, Ellie Riddle – Exeter.

B Final: 1, Josh Evans – Newport; 2, Jasmin Oddie – Poole; 3, Brody Crockford – Southampton; 4, Mackensie Briggs - Poole.

A Final: 1, Nathan Goulding – Poole; 2, Rosie Tidball – Exeter; 3, Raphael Staggemeier – Newport; 4, Harry Stanbury.

The Under-12s with four from Exeter and the hosts claimed the first two places in the A final! Owen Tidball secured an unbeaten score of 16 points to claim top spot with Ben Stanbury, scoring 14 points out of 16 to come second overall.

Stephen Soper made his first appearance in the junior league scene finished with eight points and weas fourth in the B final. Jack Ballard, another newcomer, scored four points and finished third in the C final.

Results. C Final; 1, KJ Legg – Poole; 2, Owen Johnson – Horspath; 3, Jack Ballard – Exeter.

B Final. 1, Dan Wright – Underwood; 2, Emile Garth – Horspath; 3, Eistyn Lewis – Newport; 4, Stephen Soper – Exeter.

A Final: 1, Owen Tidball – Exeter; 2, Ben Stanbury – Exeter; 3, Harrison Todd – Horspath; 4, Josh Ramshaw - Horspath

The Under-14 age group saw three of the 13 racers representing the hosts club.

Will Tidball followed in younger brother, Owen Tidball’s footsteps by going unbeaten through the day, finishing with 16 out of 16 points and went on to win the A final.

Henry Atkins, the stand out rider of the day, made his first every appearance in the junior league scene and raced to second place in the A final.

Thomas Croal, may count himself unlucky for not making the A final, finishing on 12 points, a single point shy of an A final spot, however he showed how determined he is and won the B final in some style.

Results. D Final: 1, Ben Lindfield – Poole.

C Final: 1, Andrew Baker – Newport; 2, Shaun Bennett – Newport; 3, Bradley Davies – Underwood; 4, Ryan Davies – Underwood.

B Final: 1, Thomas Croal – Exeter; 2, George Lindfield – Poole; 3, George Newman – Poole; 4, Frazer Garnett – Poole.

A Final: 1, Will Tidball – Exeter; 2, Henry Atkins – Exeter; 3, Ieuan Payne –Underwood; 4, Callum Smith – Poole.

In the Under-16 racing it showed just how much ‘rough and tumble’ there is in the sport!

There were four home riders involved with Sam Riddle scoring 13 points and he went into the A final where he finished third after a do-or-die pass on the last bend of the last lap!

Team mate Jack Herbert, also made the A final finishing on 14 points, after picking up the pieces during the qualifying races and he finished second behind Callum Albin of Poole. Connor Tucker scored seven points, securing a place in the B final where he finished third after making a good inside pass on Jordan Bradford of Poole. Robert Croal, the unluckiest rider of the day after his handle bar grip falling off in his first race, came off and was unable to finish the race, he then found himself at the back in his second race and then, after making a do-or-die move in his third, he come down on his face and as a result was excluded as cause of the stoppage!

Croal went on to win his last race and finished second in the B Final behind Jay Briggs of Poole.

Results: B final; 1, Jay Briggs – Poole; 2, Robert Croal – Exeter; 3, Connor Tucker – Exeter; 4, Jordan Bradford – Poole.

A final: 1, Callum Albin – Poole; 2, Jack Herbert – Exeter; 3, Sam Riddle – Exeter; 4, Adam Bennett - Newport.

The day ended with the ladies’ category. Exeter had two riders involved.

Lauren Hookway was looking to regain the title she won two years ago and was edged out from 12 months ago! She scored 14 points in the qualifying races and secured the favoured grid one for the final. Her nearest rival, Sandra Tamborska drew the unfavoured grid four. From the gate Hookway lead the race and secured the A final win and was on track to gain back her title. Tonicha Heyde also competed in this category for the Aces. After having a heavy fall a few weeks ago she got back on the bike and scored 11 points, this was enough to see her through to the A final where she finished third behind Hookway and Tamborska.

Results: B final: 1, Macie Schmidtt – Poole; 2, Chloe Albin – Poole; 3, Bethany Briggs – Poole; 4, Alison Lindfield – Poole.

A final: 1, Lauren Hookway – Exeter; 2, Sandra Tamborska – Poole; 3, Tonicha Heyde – Exeter; 4, Krissy Mines – Poole.

Credit must go to all the Exeter rider for finishing in second place behind the title holders Poole. Also a massive credit must go to those who where working on and off the track. With out these people, the day wouldn’t have gone ahead. The riders did the little club from Devon proud.


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