Haines retains his lead

PUBLISHED: 10:14 18 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:53 24 May 2010

Jo Haines receives his cup from Pete Toogood.

Jo Haines receives his cup from Pete Toogood.

The British Under 15 s Championship visited Somerset s Oak Tree Arena for the staging of its fifth round with the winners of the last two rounds heading the field. Joe Haines had taken the fourth round at the Isle of Wight in August, and started in the nu

The British Under 15's Championship visited Somerset's Oak Tree Arena for the staging of its fifth round with the winners of the last two rounds heading the field.Joe Haines had taken the fourth round at the Isle of Wight in August, and started in the number one spot. His close rival Ben Hopwood, who had dominated round three at Plymouth, taking the number two berth.In the final Brendan Johnson made the best start, leading from the gate. Joe Haines had other ideas though, and made a stunning run around the outside of Johnson on the opening two turns.The unlucky Johnson was holding a safe second spot, when he picked up some unexpected drive, dumping him on the ground. Referee Graham Reeve immediately stopped the heat, but he needn't have worried as Johnson was straight back on his feet, none the worse for his tumble.The race was awarded with Haines taking the winners spot from Hopwood (2nd), Wrathall (3rd), and the luckless Johnson in fourth.A special mention should go to Shane Hazelden. On the face of it his two points may not mark him out, but at 12 years old he is one of the youngest in the field, and has taken on the rest riding a 250cc machine, and overall has given a good account of himself.

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