Wayne's world title challenge

PUBLISHED: 09:42 12 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:26 24 May 2010

Wayne Baker in action in a circuit race at Ixworth, near Bury St Edmunds last month. Photo: Andrew Pattle.

Wayne Baker in action in a circuit race at Ixworth, near Bury St Edmunds last month. Photo: Andrew Pattle.

AFTER an enforced two week break from racing due to roadworks, Weston Wheelers returned to race action on a revised course on the A38 near Burnham-on-Sea

AFTER an enforced two week break from racing due to roadworks, Weston Wheelers returned to race action on a revised course on the A38 near Burnham-on-Sea.Starting at Biddisham, riders raced to East Brent island and then headed out to the Edithmead roundabout and continued straight ahead in the Highbridge direction to turn at the next island and retrace to the finish in Biddisham.Mark Ashurst continued his unbeaten run in the club championship, overcoming a difficult head wind on the outgoing leg to produce a 26.93mph ride, crossing the chequered flag in 22.17m.His victory gives him a commanding lead in the season-long midweek championship with 50 point from five rides.Moving into second place is Wayne Baker whose 24.36 gave him second place to Ashurst. His championship tally is now 35 points from four races, four ahead of Rob Heathcote who was a non-starter.Benefitting from a break in Scotland, Rich Harrison pounded his way round the course to nudge inside 25 minutes (24.59), just 14 seconds ahead of Steve Chmiewliski, although Chmiewliski holds a five point lead over Harrison in the points championship.Other Weston finishers: M Nicholson 26.42; P Burns 26.42; M Radford 27.05; C Gough 27.16; M Whittingham 28.12; P Pearce 29.40.Full details available on the club's web site www.westonwheelers.co.ukWheeler's Wayne Baker produced his third sub 23 minute race, when he averaged 26mph to take a top 10 spot in the Sotonia CC 10-mile race at Andover. Despite a difficult cross wind, which provided a difficult finish, Baker finished in 22.49.With the World Tricycle Championships in Belgium less than 10 days away, the ride demonstrates that the Weston Wheeler and three-wheel expert, will go to the championships with good form under his belt.He has been producing his best performances for the 10 mile distance since 2000. With two silver and one bronze medal since 2001, the Worle-based racer hopes that this could be the year he collects gold.

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