U21 BRONZE FOR BRITAIN
GB team (left to right): Neil Vatcher, Drew Kemp, Leon Flint, Jordan Palin, Tom Brennan and Dan Bewley. P/C: Taylor Lanning
A young and inexperienced Great British U21 team scored 32 points against the World's best youngsters and was able to come away from a wet and rainy Outrup with a bronze medal, with Tom Brennan scoring 7 points.
The day started for Tom and the rest of the GB boys with practice being postponed in the early stages of the morning due to inclement weather. The FIM managed to reschedule the practice to an hour before the meeting started despite the persistent showers. Tom returned to the race track in heat 1 of the evening and recorded a third place in his first ride, followed by a second place in a reran race after falling down in the first corner. The meeting underwent a short delay whereby significant track work took place as many of the riders got into trouble going into the first and second bends on the inside, causing lots of accidents and reruns. Tom was first back on track from the British side after the delay and was comfortably in second, beating Poland's Wiktor Lampart and challenging for the win before suffering a small mechanical failure, meaning he failed to finish the heat. Tom then went on to complete his night with two more thirds and a second. Tom ended up being the second highest scorer on his return from a broken collarbone in the GB team, behind Dan Bewley.
"Taking the positives from last nights meeting, I'm so happy that me and the team managed to get a bronze medal when we were really overlooked from the beginning. We went into the meeting probably being the only team this year to not have a form of continuous race meetings, let alone racing at such a high level week in, week out and it's easy to forget that. Personally, I wasn't overly pleased with my performance on the night, and know I could have scored more points than I did looking back. But, I now know where I need to work on and what mistakes I made, it's just a shame I didn't make those mistakes in the practice so that I could put them right for the meeting. On the plus side, I have no pain with my collarbone and even after the crash I didn't feel a thing that would make me think about the fact I broke it two weeks ago. It just happened to have happened when I had a long line of highly competitive meetings coming up, that I would have loved to have carried the momentum from the Euro U21 Individual's and my Wroclaw practices into this meeting but unfortunately it didn't work out like that. But that is no excuse and I've got to make sure that I don't make those mistakes again if I want to score big points in these types of meetings. Got to say a big well done to Jordan, Drew and Leon for their efforts last night and especially Dan for bagging the big points. Also to Neil and Jackie for managing us all, Rob and Vicky for the gear and Martin and Kyle, my mechanics. Onto the next one! "