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Divisional leaders strengthen their positions in round 9

New Forest CC held round 9 of the 12 round “10” series on the consistently quick P128 course. The course loops round Cadnam, Ower and Copythorne and has provided opportunities for riders to record fast times, and 34 riders took to the start line to seize the opportunity. Ben Boardman’s lead in division one looks unassailable as he took yet another victory, although the improving Antony Green pushed Ben closer than on previous occasions. Ben recorded a rapid time of 21:33, just under thirty seconds clear of Antony in 22:01. James Bannister took third place ahead of former club champion Stuart Peckham in 22:44 and 22:50 respectively. James had recently returned from Wales where completed a spectacular time of 54:22 for a 25 mile TT. “That has given me a  lot of confidence, I really put the hammer down on the last stretch” James commented. James was several seconds behind Stuart at the half way mark, and the additional effort paid dividends just pipping Stuart into third. Ben is in a strong position to take the division one honours on 89 points. Sacha looks safe in second on 85, but will be looking over his shoulder for Antony Green in third on 82.

Lyndon Thompson looks to have wrapped up division 2 with three races left with another victory in 24:09, Richard Mason failed to break into the 24 minute bracket by recording a time of 25:00. “I’m truly gutted” Richard said when he time was confirmed. “I thought I had it, but I just had to check my speed into the last roundabout”. Richard Parker claimed the last podium position in 25:43. With 6 division 2 victories this year, Lyndon appears to have the division sewn up with a maximum 90 points. Richard Mason and Bob Dowling will battle it out for runners up spot as there is a single point between them on 83 and 82 points.

Oliver Moody returned to winning ways in division 3 stopping the clock in 27:35, Adrian Hunt and Chris Mills made up the top three positions. With four victories in the division this year, Oliver looks to have an unassailable lead with 88 points from Peter Hawker in second with 74 and Clare Gronow in third on 70. For full results please view the NFCC web site

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