PERRIS, CALIFORNIA, DECEMBER 6TH 2014
WINTER TEAM RACING LEAGUE ROUND 1
The bright future for American Speedway was evident at Perris Raceway on Saturday December 6th as some of the sports brightest young prospects, a combination of young up and coming riders, and hardy Clubman racers enjoyed a fun team racing event. The meeting was the first of three races in the off season, and for the first time in 9 years, is an actual team racing league. Four teams are competing and will race each other one time in a round robin series. The 2014 British Elite League race format was used to great success, with riders racing team opposites of comparable ability, which ensued much close racing. The icing on the cake was the 500cc of no less than four 250cc Junior Graduates; Kurtis Hamill, son of 1996 World Champion and Team USA boss Billy, Luke Becker, Brayden Galvin and Gage Geist all having their very first races on the big bikes.
The results of the team events and additional races are below.
Match 1 - Victorville Vikings 43 - Ventura Aces 47.
The was a closely contested event which went down to last heat, with scores tied at 42-42 at this point. Neil Facchini, who rode a faultless 5 ride maximum and team mate Rocco Scopellite led home Kurtis Hamill and surprise package Nathan Siegel for a match winning 5-1. For the Vikings, Hamill led the way with 14 points including 3 wins. A gutsy come from behind pass against an impressive Scopellite, who himself scored 11+1, was the highlight of a performance to be proud of. In support Siegel won all 4 of his previous races before finding the pace hot in the nominated heat 15. Vikings had Braydan Galvin scoring 5 points on his 500cc debut, but despite the points return, Galvin had much to be proud of including two very fast paced 2nd place races before a high speed crash in heat 13 ended his evening. For the Aces, female rider Hayley Perrault won two races, including a key victory in heat 14. The Vikings, by keeping the score within 6 points, scored a consolation league bonus point which may prove crucial in the final standings.
Match 2 - Perris Eagles 37 - Orange County Rebels 57
The Rebels powered to a one sided victory as the unlucky Eagles had no answer in a dominant display. Debutante Gage Geist, for the Eagles, was the bad luck rider of the night as two engine failures and a fall ended his night after just heat 5. Then the Eagles, already operating as a 6 man unit, simply could not keep pace with the superior Eagles. Russell Green scored a 13+2 maximum, but it was the pace of Luke Becker on his 500cc debut that had those in attendance in sheer awe as he roared to 4 straight victories. His maximum efforts, however, ended in heat 15 when too much traction at the end of lap 1 resulted in a get off, but the rider walked away unhurt. Danny Faria provided solid back up for the Rebels with a 10+2 maximum, whilst Dalton Leedy just dropped one point for the powerhouse Rebels. For the Eagles River McDougall top scored with an impressive 14+1 including a double point joker win in heat 7. Tyler Warren battled very hard for his 7 points in back up. The two reserve races, involving the older Clubmen of Ron Davis, Jonni Jade, Rohn Zellner, and Steve Brown provided some close and intense racing, showing the pure of magic of the team format in involving everyone! The Rebels, by virtue of a win of over 6 points, go to the top of the league with their extra earned bonus point for the size of victory
Winter League Table
Round 2 match ups; Rebels Vs Vikings, Aces Vs Eagles
Aside from the team races, there were 12 heats for other Divisions. Travis Horn dominated the Pee Wee division. winning both heats and the Main Event from Cole Ayers. Cameron Krezman went perfect in the 150cc Mini Division 2, with Luke Whitcomb twice second including the Main (which was stopped initially after Dakota Shockley fell with Whitcomb ahead). Sterling Martin won all 3 150cc Mini Division 1 races, Jake Isaac runner up twice after a bike failure in his first heat. Sebastian Palmese did not have any 250cc Juniors to race but instead defeated two reserve riders from the team program in each of his races.
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