Round two of the 2015 DTRA (Dirt Track Riders Association) race series moved to Peterborough Speedway for a special two-day event at the MCN Festival of Motorcycling. Not only did this event feature two days of hard fought flat track action, but also included the Trans-Atlantic Trophy featuring some of the legends of the sport from the USA, including Dave Aldana, Kevin Schwantz and Jay Maloney, who all came to take on Britain’s best. Sunshine and a well-groomed track provided the perfect setting for an amazing weekend of flat track racing.
The Trans-Atlantic Trophy was made up of four rounds all with heats and finals, with each featuring 10 riders racing 12 laps. In round one it was good news for Team GB as they took the top three spots. Oliver Brindley blew the doors of the competition with Tim Neave taking second and Aidan Collins third. Round two saw Team US take the win with Jay Maloney moving into the lead after Alan Birtwistle’s bike stopped on the final corner. GB’s Brindley and Collins took second and third respectively.
Round three saw GB’s Collins lead from the start only to be caught napping on the final turn when Maloney snuck through for a Team US win with Brindley third. In the final round Birtwistle representing the US got a flying start to move into the lead. He held off Brindley who took second with Maloney third. At the end of the four events Team GB took the win with 226 points over the USA who scored 220.
The Pro Class delivered fast and furious action as Collins got the holeshot ahead of Brindley and Birtwistle. Collins looked solid but Brindley pushed hard trying to find a way through. Behind, Neave passed Birtwistle to move into third but the pair continued to fight it out all the way to the line. At the front Collins held strong for the win with Brindley second and Neave held off Birtwistle for third.