The Birmingham Monarchs Cycle Speedway club hosted the 2nd round of the Eurovets Grand Prix series at their Perry Hall Playing Fields headquarters last Saturday afternoon.

Over 20 of the top veteran riders in the sport from all over the UK descended upon the Monarchs raceway, which was surprisingly dry and dusty after heavy rainfall in the days leading up to the event.

Mark Winwood made it two A final wins out of two with another unbeaten performance in his six races in the over 40s series. He now moves into the series lead, with a maximum score of 50 GP points after two rounds.

Club coach Steve Hodgkinson, who does often unsung and unheralded work volunteering for the club, scored maximum points in the 50’s final to become a very popular winner amongst his fellow competitors and onlookers alike.

Bob Prince made it a hat-trick of Monarchs wins on the day. He stormed to victory in the over 60’s final to make it two wins on the bounce. He is also challenging hard in the over 50s category.

Paul Timms continued his recovery from injury with a hard fought 16 points and just missed out on making the A final in the over 50s. However, Timms will miss the next round at Newcastle due to another engagement.

Monarchs are next in team action this Tuesday evening (2nd June) in the Coventry Junior League, round 4, at the Hearsall Common track in the Godiva city.

Birmingham riders and officials will be present at the “Tennis Courts” pub, Walsall Road, from 3pm Saturday 30th May with a display of bikes and leaflets for anyone who wants to find out more about the sport. Feel free to come along and say hello!

The Birmingham club continue their new “come and try it” evenings every Thursday throughout the summer at Perry Hall, from 6pm. Youngsters can just turn-up and have a free go at the fast and exciting sport of Cycle Speedway, supervised by expert coach Bob Prince.

For more information on Birmingham Monarchs Cycle Speedway, including how to get involved, you can visit: or by ringing: 07825 585828.

***once again Terry Kirkup proffers his sincere apologies for the non-attendance of the four prospective Northumbria representatives after their car breakdown on the A1 just beyond Sheffield.