Drewett romps to roller glory

From left: Pat Jones, Mark Williams, Alan Collins and Peter Mac sprint for glory in the heats of Fareham Wheelers' inter-club roller racing competition. Picture: Rob Atkins
From left: Pat Jones, Mark Williams, Alan Collins and Peter Mac sprint for glory in the heats of Fareham Wheelers' inter-club roller racing competition. Picture: Rob Atkins
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Brendan Drewett sprinted to glory in the first inter-club roller racing competition hosted by Fareham Wheelers last night.

The 17-year-old outpaced Portsmouth North End’s Alan Collins on the final virtual lap of the kilo battle to clock a winning time of 38.08sec.

The event, hosted by South Coast Sprints at Catisfield Memorial Hall, saw 22 riders race shoulder to shoulder on fixed wheel bikes – all rigged up to a computer.

They contested a round of heats, semi-finals and then a breathtaking final in a battle royal to see who would be crowned champion.

With the emphasis on high cadence rather than raw power, a devil-takes-the-hindmost format saw the last-placed of each four riders eliminated after two laps of 250m.

Another was shut out after 750m, leaving the remaining two sprinters to race to the line.

Heat victories were claimed by Harvey Morcombe (41.12), Sam Dorkings (40.79), Collins (40.20), Drewett (38.66), Mark Herbert (41.13) and top lady rider Caitlin Peters (41.75).

The fastest eight then faced off in the semi-finals.

Wheelers ace Drewett once again displayed his speed with a time of 38.64 to see off Collins.

Alex Collins then clocked 38.23 in the second semi – a time which bagged him the best under-21 prize on the night.

A thrilling minor final was won by Dorkings, who got up in the final few yards to beat Herbert by 0.08sec in 39.90 and with it take the 21-39 age group award.

But there was no doubt who was the star of the show as Drewett brushed his rivals aside to romp to success in the final.

For details on roller racing, visit southcoastsprints.co.uk