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Saturday morning’s racers were greeted by clear blue skies and light winds, and in A-Grade’s race it was club stalwart Ben O’Leary who looked like he may have stolen the race with a gutsy breakaway with 3 laps to go, but he faded at the line and was overrun by the fast sprinting Dom Dudkiewicz and Paul Anders. Melton lad Dudkiewicz is finding it hard to get in the right amount of training in at the moment; the Engineer still not happy with his sprint. ‘It’s getting better, but I still don’t feel like I have my acceleration right yet. ‘ B-Grade’s race saw a 7 man breakaway look for all the money like they would never be caught, especially given the reluctance of the bunch to get organised and chase, but 29 year old Podiatrist Steve Antonello simply rode the other breakaway riders off his wheel and finished the last part of the race solo, taking the win in strong fashion well clear of the bunch sprint, which saw St Kilda rider Brad Erickson take second just ahead of Drew Macdonald. Antonello is feeling fitter than last year and is looking forward to the challenge of A-Grade next week. C-Grade saw novice rider Nathan Jungbauer take the bunch sprint in fine fashion from Simon Pentz, with D-Grade being dominated by Tarneit lad Stephen Liley, who is now a newly promoted C-Grade rider with a great future.
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Shaun Gatter, 3rd Paul Anders, 4th Ben O’Leary & 5th Brett Hickford.
B: 1st Steven Antonello, 2nd Brad Erickson (SKCC), 3rd Drew Macdonald, 4th Les Kennett & 5th Mark Micallef.
C: 1st Nathan Jungbauer, 2nd Simon Pentz, 3rd Dwayne Peter-Budge, =4th Adrian Williams & Ross Schubach.
D: 1st Stephen Liley, 2nd Steve Harris and 3rd Rod Stonehouse, 4th Luke Jaques & 5th Tim Marcus.