British road racing round-up

Round-up from the UK racing scene for the weekend

Middlesbrough-based Harry Tanfield sprinted to victory in the Pontefract Grand Prix on Sunday, getting the better of rival Pete Williams in the closing stages.

The 19-year-old KTM rider made an early break with Haribo Beacon’s Jacob Scott in the race around the centre of Pontefract.

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Scott soon dropped back after tiring and Tanfield was joined by Williams who was also riding for organising team, Haribo Beacon.

The two riders opened up a gap over the main bunch and Williams sat on the back wheel of Tanfield throughout. But with half a lap to go, Tanfield worked an advantage over 27-year-old Williams on a twisty section and crossed the line ahead of his rival.

Another Haribo rider, Jacob Scott, completed the podium, coming through a tight bunch sprint to take third some 40 seconds behind Tanfield and Williams.

Tanfield was also fancied to take top spot in the National B race of the Hartlepool Carnival NE Circuit Championships on Saturday.

However, he missed out on a podium place as Callum Grieve stunned the field to win the race. Grieve, 21, worked hard to stay at the head of the race in the formative stages and as a bunch of chasers which included Tanfield bridged across to him, he put his head down and peeled away to stretch his advantage.

Although a group of three riders, containing Achieve-Skinnergate’s Will Brown and Ben Hetherington and TS Racing’s Dan Smith, continued to hunt him down, Grieve was in fine form and eased away to take the win. Brown finished second and Smith was third.

Dooley’s Cycles rider Greig Brown won the Pedal Power Road Race near West Calder in Scotland on Saturday. He covered the 60-mile course in 2-18-47 and won a two-up sprint finish with Velo-Matti Raikkonen (Granite City RT) settling for second.

Third spot went to Pedal Power RT’s own Bradley Stokes, who was 37 seconds behind the leading duo.

And at the Marsh Tracks near Clwyd in Wales, there were some of the top young riders in action at the Welsh Open Youth Criterium Championships – and they even dominated the elite races too.

16-year-old Joe Holt (County Cycles RT) won the E12 race, holding off Lancashire brothers Zack and Oscar Williamson for the win. 18-year-old Zack (Clay Cross RT) took second and Oscar (Marsh Tracks RT) third.

Joseph White took victory for Rasio Bikes in round three of the Scunthorpe Poly Saturday Circuit Races.

White finished ahead of Andy Moore Autocentres RT rider Andy Bishop and Dinnington’s Paul Allen in the race held at Blyton Park near Gainsborough.