Silver Ski Rocket Oliver Greenwood, rode through the opposition to win the British U-19 Championship at Kent Speedway’s Central Park venue in Sittingbourne.
The teenager reeled off five straight victories to claim the title with a 15 point maximum, a point clear of British U-21 winner Josh Bates and two of Jack Kingston.
He had to work hard at various points along the way, though, starting with his opening ride success over both those challengers in Heat 4 when he trapped in front from the outside and retained his advantage despite a blanket finish. He also came out on top in an epic duel with former British U-16 Champion Nathan Greaves in Heat 9 that ended when his rival overcooked the final bend and fell, nearly taking Greenwood with him.
Greenwood’s other victories were more straightforward, with his last in Heat 18 wrapping up the title and starting a night of celebration.
Rye House team manager John Sampford was quick to offer his congratulations on behalf of the club. “We’re absolutely delighted for Ollie. Tonight, he delivered on the rich potential that we know he possesses.
“You can’t do more than beating everyone that is put in front of you. Realistically, there were three other riders who had a realistic chance of winning the title, but when he defeated two of them in Heat 4, it dictated much of the tone for the rest of the meeting.”
Greenwood now has the opportunit
y to complete a unique double when he bids for further success, in his dual
guise with the Coventry Storm, in the National League Riders’ Championship (sponsored by Paradise Wildlife Park) at Rye House on Sunday, September 28th (2pm start).
Oliver Greenwood 15, Josh Ba
8, Ellis Perks 8, Connor Mountain 8, Adam Portwood 6, Jamie Couzins 6, Macauley Leek 5, Scooter Webster 4, Layne Cupitt 2, Sean Phillips 1, Danyon Hume 1.tes 14, Jack Kingston 13, Nathan Greaves 11, Luke Harris 9, Kelsey Dugard 8, Danno Verge