It’s the Truman Show as omnium arrives in Portsmouth

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Chris McNamara regained his VC St Raphael 'Hardriders' Time Trial crown. Picture: Neil Marshall (171735-039)

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Joe Truman shone brightest as south coast talents starred in the latest regional round of the National Youth Track Omnium Championship at the Mountbatten Centre on Saturday.

The 15-year-old, who rides for Portsmouth-based i-Team/KSL/InTandem, stormed to success in four of the five disciplines to claim overall victory in the under-16 boys’ event.

Brendan Drewett, of Fareham Wheelers, delivered a consistent performance with four second places to take runner-up spot.

And the pair now look set to qualify for the grand final next month.

But they were not the only riders from the area involved in the second meeting of the three-round southern region series.

A raft of young guns from i-Team took to the track, while Fareham Wheelers and Solent Pirates were also represented in multiple age groups.

Guy Watson, i-Team founder and head coach, was impressed with the standard of competition as the budding racers fought it out for national qualification.

He said: ‘There was a really good standard of bike handling and tactics from all the riders, which was good to see. All the youngsters raised their game.

‘There is more we can get out of our riders – just by working on better warm-ups and better tactics – but they all raced really, really well.’

The omnium is split into five separate competitions – the time trial, elimination race, scratch race, sprint and points race.

And the top five in each age group over the three rounds qualify for the national final – where they will face the best from the five other regions.

Jack Cromie was the youngest rider from the area on the track on Saturday.

The i-Team rider claimed second in the scratch race on his way to third overall in the under-eights age group, while club-mate Adam Potter was sixth in the under-10s.

Another i-Team ace, Sam Clark, was on form in the under-12s – claiming victory in the one-lap time trial in 47.15secs.

He finished in the first three in all his events, earning him second overall and safeguarding top spot in the series standings after victory in the first round at Palmer Park.

Caitlin Peters continued her dominance in the under-12 girls’ category.

The Fareham Wheelers rider now has a commanding lead in the series ahead of the final round in Bournemouth on June 15.

Her club-mate Vaughan Marris was 11th in the under-12s, while budding Solent Pirates racers Sam Freeman (14th), Amy Perryman (16th), Ellen Flewitt (17th) and Poppy Pattinson (22nd) all turned in encouraging rides.

Kara Perryman, also of Solent Pirates, was ninth in the under-14 girls’ event – after a stunning 1km time trial which saw her stop the clock in 1min 38.18secs for third spot.

Petersfield’s Truman completed his winning time trial in 1.19.32, with Drewett clocking 1.21.88.

Elsewhere in the under-16 boys’ event, Jamie Hutchinson (13th), Charlie Cooper (14th) and Joseph Clark (18th) all rode well.

Cooper, in particular, produced a fine display to finish sixth in the points race.

While Watson was impressed with all his charges, he reserved special praise for Thamana Nel, who finished eighth in the under-14 boys’ category after coming third in the time trial with 1.30.49.

He said: ‘It was Thamana’s very first competition, so to finish eighth was brilliant.

‘He could have done even better but prefers to ride a really attacking race off the front.

‘Joe is a real inspiration to the youngsters coming through.

‘He was on another level and now we are looking forward to the final round in Bournemouth.’