Four-some Nel cruises to top of Calshot standings

Portsmouth North End riders have been among the region's talents starring in the Calshot Winter Track League. Picture: Dave Swaffer
Portsmouth North End riders have been among the region's talents starring in the Calshot Winter Track League. Picture: Dave Swaffer
Abbie Manley leads her Hargroves Ridley Montezuma's team-mate Amy Perryman through a corner at the Swanmore Motocross Track. Picture: Neil Marshall (171339-131)

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  • i-Team talent takes pole position in A division
  • Collins, Marris and Peters star for Fareham Wheelers
  • PNE double act Giles and Cox share under-14 glory
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Thamana Nel soared to the top of the Calshot Winter Track League standings with a quartet of victories in round two last weekend.

The i-Team/KSL/In-Tandem talent claimed wins in the 28-lap scratch race, unknown distance contest, scratch event and 2km scratch battle.

And after adding second place behind Alex Collins in the sprint, Nel took a four-point lead in the senior A division standings.

Fareham Wheelers ace Collins, who was runner-up to Nel on three occasions, is second after adding points race glory to his sprint success.

VC St Raphael rider Charlie Cooper produced a consistent display to make the podium in four of the six races.

Portsmouth North End (PNE) duo Owen Giles and Elliot Cox grabbed doubles at under-14 level.

Giles won the 1km scratch and points races, while his club-mate notched victories in the sprint and scratch contests.

Cox now leads Giles by four points in the overall standings.

Sam Clark, from Portsmouth-based i-Team, took three second places and two thirds in the five races at under-14 level (youth B).

Fareham Wheelers pair Caitlin Peters and Vaughan Marris were once again in fine form at under-16 level (youth A).

Marris tasted success in the 1km scratch and scratch battles, while also finishing second behind Peters in the points race.

Peters added a further second place in the sprint but it is her club-mate who tops the overall standings by three points.

Elsewhere, Solent Pirates talent Jamie Whitcher was third in both the scratch and points races at under-12 level (youth C).

PNE rider Jude Beaton took third in the sprint contest in the same age group.

And at under-10 level (youth D), Ella Beaton was third in the points race.

The young guns are back in action in round three on Sunday, with more points up for grabs in the battle for 2015-16 glory.

Meanwhile, i-Team’s Will Cooper was second in the youth category at round eight of the Wessex Cyclo-Cross League at Brooks University, near Oxford.

His club-mate, Adam Potter, was second at under-12 level.

Round nine is hosted by Sotonia at Southampton Sports Centre on Sunday.