Sam Redding has become a key man in his team’s Tour Series assault.
That is the verdict of Spin Rotor Primal C-Originals (SRPC) team principal James Smith.
The Horndean rider delivered another impressive performance in Redditch on Tuesday night.
He finished 36th, firmly in the main group, as his amateur team placed ninth – relegating professional outfit Team IG Sigma Sport to 10th spot.
It was third time in the first seven rounds of the 11-race series the Plymouth-based team have lowered the colours of a professional rival.
And Smith is convinced Redding, who joined SRPC this winter, has been key to that progress.
‘Sam did a fantastic ride on Tuesday – he was really strong,’ he said.
‘He has really settled into it and even had one lap going round on the front in Redditch.
‘Between him and Antoine (Gaudillat), they are the strongest guys in our team now.
‘Sam has found his niche and we are really, really pleased with him.
‘We are definitely batting above our league now.
‘Tuesday night was probably our biggest scalp yet – beating Team IG Sigma Sport, who are a continental professional team.’
While delighted to defeat Sigma, the Redditch round could have been even better for SRPC.
Redding’s team-mate George Pym sprinted to a top-10 finish, only for the whole peloton to find out the final placings had been determined three laps earlier after race winner Tom Scully and four other escapees had lapped the field.
Metaltek – Knight’s of Old benefited unwittingly from the confusion, taking the team win courtesy of three riders sitting on the front of the main group when racing was deemed to have ended.
It meant SRPC slipped from seventh to ninth on the night.
Meanwhile Pym’s effort, which had seen him move up from 39th to contest the sprint, was in vain.
‘Our guys sprinted when they thought they were supposed to and it was three laps too late,’ said Smith.
Racing continues in Canary Wharf tonight (7.30pm).