Footscray Cycling Club 'FORM700 KERMESSE' Race # 3 @ Drake Blvd 16/2/14.
With the third race of the Footscray Cycling Club's 4-race FORM700 Series being washed out, the whole series came down to Sunday's Finale held at Altona's Drake Boulevard in picture-perfect weather. With serious prize money on offer and so many riders still in the hunt, racing was both hotly contested, aggressive and 'marked', with riders willing to chase down any attempted breaks, which gave the FORM700 crowd a great race to watch and a fitting finale. FORM700 C.F.O. Craig Head, himself an avid cyclist, had just finished the MS charity ride where FORM700 raised $5000, and enjoyed the afternoon's racing. 'I have loved the series; such competitive racing run in really good spirits, and I think that's the secret of the Footscray Cycling Club. The FCC have been brilliant; I couldn't speak more highly of it. To watch today's racing on such a nice day was fantastic. The weather has been tough, and this area is always windy so it's difficult place to race.' Total Rush rider Dom Dudkiewicz took 3 from 3 races in a hat trick that saw him score the maximum points available in A-Grade's race and continue a run of astounding form. 'I'm so happy to be racing for Total Rush Racing now and it's good to get some results on the board early in the season to reward them for their support.' The attacks started from the get-go, with Miles DaCosta taking the initiative until he clipped a pedal into a corner, went down and scraped some skin. Even though he had an unassailable lead, Series winner Dudkiewicz knew that it would be a complex race because the minor placings were up for grabs. 'A Grade's race was very aggressive but also very defensive; there were a lot of guys who were in a position to finish well in the series, so it was on. There were attacks and counter attacks, but for the most part there were so many guys willing to chase things down that it had to be a bunch sprint. With two laps to go Paul Redenbach went but there were guys who were willing to do a big turn on the front; I came around the last corner maybe 4th or 5th wheel, put the hammer down and hit 70 kays and got to the line first.' Dudkiewicz finished ahead of the very consistent Ross Mueller in second and Graham Carlson in third. 'As a long-term member of the FCC, I'm really indebted to FORM700 for sponsoring the series and giving us the chance to have some great racing here at Drake Boulevard; it's a circuit made for great racing, and the sponsorship attracted big fields of quality riders and added to the excitement of the racing. I hope this continues in the future.'
B-Grade's race saw 44 year old Macedon resident Marco Bramucci use his years of experience to take a strong win today, the Sunbury CC rider has been around cycling his entire life. From a famous cycling family, his father Tony was a highly accomplished rider of note, and Marco himself has raced since he was a child. 'I started racing when I was13, and raced a couple of seasons in Europe only to give it all up for love when I met my wife in 1988, then I never raced for 25 years and have just come back to it in the last few years.' Bramucci found today's race to be complex but fun. 'Today's race was very enjoyable; we had Tristian Kennedy who took off a few times and got a big gap; I tried to bridge to him but used my smarts and just went back to the bunch and kept my head; the bunch worked hard and brought him back. A fast, safe, aggressive race.' With 2 laps to go, Bramucci could sense the tension in the bunch. 'Aggie Giramondo and a few guys tried to go with 2 to go, I kept my head and waited till the last half lap, saw an attack and grabbed 3rd wheel. My legs felt good so I took off; I thought someone was on my wheel but I was clear and got the win.' Bramucci was well clear of second placed Cam Woolcock (B-Grade Series Winner) and Rocco Giovanniello in third.
In C-Grade, 22 year old Tarneit Mechanic Arron Liley took a risk and reaped the rewards, taking the win with a well-timed break for the line. 'The guys were absolutely smashing it, especially those who were still in it with a chance to win the Series. Josh Toohey went away for a long time and got a fair lead; he was strong and could have won it too. A few guys put it in the gutter, so we were doing 45 right on the edge for a lot of the race. A good, hard, safe race with everyone going their hardest. At the end a few guys got on the front and picked the pace up and I lost a few spots, so I just gave it a stab and hoped I could get an extra point so I could finish in front of Dad (Ross) so I could tease him; I didn't think I would get the win but going around the last corner I had some distance and I stayed ahead.' Liley finished clear of second placed Reuben Wilkes (C-Grade Series Winner) and veteran Colin Morris in third.
D-Grade's race saw 26 year old Canadian PHD student Julien LePine take a strong sprint win in his first race in Australia. 'I want to race both track and road while I am here to study for my PHD, so this was a good way to start. I used to work for Cervelo, so I know bikes.' Lepine just held off D-Grade Series winner Andrew Leighton, who finished with a fist pumping second place ahead of Dennis Tito for third.
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Ross Mueller, 3rd Graham Carlson, 4th James Love, 5th Matt Heath.
B: 1st Marco Bramucci, 2nd Cam Woolcock, 3rd Rocco Giovanniello, 4th Antonio Marino, 5th Richard Conejo.
C: 1st Arron Liley, 2nd Reuben Wilkes, 3rd Colin Morris, 4th Steven Moses, 5th Phil Tehan.
D: 1st Julien Lepine, 2nd Andrew Leighton, 3rd Dennis Tito, 4th Neil Turner, 5th Mel Humphries-Grey.
FORM700 SERIES WINNERS:
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Ross Mueller, 3rd Miles DaCosta.
B: 1st Cam Woolcock, 2nd Antonio Marino, 3rd Marco Bramucci.
C: 1st Reuben Wilkes, 2nd Colin Morris, 3rd Steven Moses.
D: 1st Andrew Leighton, 2nd Neil Turner, 3rd Dennis Tito.
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