ASTLEY Hurricanes took the team win as Astley and Tyldesley Cycle Speedway Club staged round one of the A&T Go-Ride League last Tuesday.

After two Covid-affected years, A&T re-instated the team element, to complement the individual Grand Prix series.

Riders were split into three teams, each wearing the splendid tops which were supplied by Wigan Council’s Brighter Borough Fund, through the local councillors, in 2019.

A ladder format of racing was used, to ensure that the younger riders were kept in different races from the older riders.

In total, 19 riders contested 20 heats of racing, with the final placings and scores determined by the riders’ positions in the final round of races.

Duncan Whalley took the main final victory, ahead of Frank White, Josh Pilkington and Kieran Fallon.

Astley Hurricanes, aided by the luxury of a seventh rider, took the team win, in the opening round of the six-round series.

A&T Go-Ride League results: Individual Grand Prix points -

Duncan Whalley (Hurricanes) 19, Frank White (Storm) 18, Josh Pilkington (Storm) 17, Kieran Fallon (Typhoons) 16, Oscar Belt (Typhoons) 15, Harriet Belt (Hurricanes) 14, Levi Edwards (Hurricanes) 13, Oliver Fox-Wingfield (Typhoons) 12, Jasmine Lawless (Hurricanes) 11, Alex Lawless (Typhoons) 10, Chloe Bassett (Storm) 9, Thomas Smith (Storm) 8, Ted Woods (Hurricanes) 7, Jake Mulholland (Hurricanes) 6, Lillie Field (Typhoons) 5, Thea Mulholland (Typhoons) 4, Dylan Field (Storm) 3, Jonah Warn (Hurricanes) 2, William Smith (Storm) 1.

Team scores - Astley Hurricanes 72, Tyldesley Typhoons 62, Gin Pit Storm 56.

The next match at Gin Pit is on Sunday when Astley and Tyldesley take on Sheffield in a North and Scotland League fixture, starting at 1pm.

It promises to be a lively top-of-the-table clash between the 2021 champions, Sheffield, and A&T, champions in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Spectators are welcome, with free admission, seating, car parking and refreshment sales.

The racing takes place at the Astley and Tyldesley Miners’ Welfare Club, Meanley Road, Gin Pit, Tyldesley, M29 7DW.