Bewley wins British Under-21 Championship
Dan Bewley has his target set on the senior British Championship after finally landing the Under-21 title.
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The super-quick Cumbrian reeled off an exciting 15-point maximum to take victory at Shielfield Park, Berwick on Wednesday night
On a night of highly competitive action, there were also stand-out performances from Berwick’s Leon Flint who finished runner-up, Swindon’s Anders Rowe who took third and British Under-19 champion Drew Kemp.
Now Bewley has got his heart on completing the hat-trick of British titles having already won the Under-19 Championship.
He said: “It’s more of a relief than anything. You’re only one bad start away from missing it. This was my last year so a fair bit of pressure. But I’m quite happy to get the job done.
“I had one quite interesting race with Leon Flint. I did most of it from the front but also from the back. I’m just happy now.
“It would be good to get the three now with the British Under-19 already won. I’d like to add the senior British Championship, just to complete the set.
“I’ve been close already as runner-up. The senior one is less pressure because you’ve always got another year. That’s now my new target.
“Huge congratulations to Berwick for getting this meeting organised and on. Thank you also to ATPI, Grant Henderson and the meeting sponsors. Well done to the track staff, it was a lot of fun tonight, a lot of grip on it, it was awesome.”
Bewley was only troubled once in his five outings in an eventful Heat 16. In the first running Flint made the start and the impressive Drew Kemp charged through only to crash out heavily on the third and fourth bends, ending his night on 12 points and just outside the medals.
In the re-un, Bewley stalked Flint for a couple of laps before a classy overtake. That ultimately won him the title.