Aidan, the reigning British Flattrack Champion, got the defence of his title off to the best possible start at the Norfolk Arena today.
He celebrated his 31st birthday with a win and had a great cause to party at the end of 42 heats of enthralling action in King’s Lynn.
The number one plate holder started the afternoon with two comfortable wins, kicking off his 2013 campaign with a from-the-back success in the opening round of heat races before utilising his front row grid slot to maximum effect for a second consecutive win.
Tim Neave was also an opening round race winner, working his way through from the back row impressively to set down a marker early in the match. Neave, who recovered from frightful injuries sustained in a track crash last year, is undoubtedly one of the favourites for the title this season, and showed that kind of form in pursuit of first round runner-up Tim Greig. Greig was back to his best in the second round, proving why King’s Lynn was his track of choice last year as he worked his way through from the middle row to take victory.
But with a poor final round heat race, Greig ruled himself out of taking a front-row grid slot, on a baking hot day that created a slick surface and made starting vital. Tom Neave stole the final front row grid slot away from him in the third round, taking a shock win over brother Tim who in turn held Aidan at bay for the entire race distance.
But the number one’s ten point haul was enough to give him the first gate choice for the final, and he flew from the start and onto a tightrope of rubber that saw him cruise to his first success of the year.