Thursday night’s racing at the V.U.T. circuit in Hoppers Crossing saw ex-motorbike racer, 2011 Melbourne to Ballarat and 2012 Bay Crits Individual Support Series winner Shannon Johnson take the A-Grade sprint convincingly from Dom Dudkiewicz, with Matt Johnson taking out B-Grade’s sprint in a narrow win from Antonio Marino. 16 year old Year 11 student Stephen Liley took out C-Grade’s sprint in a tight finish from Frank Crifo. ‘It was pretty windy; pretty tough. All the boys were driving the pace at the end but I came around the last corner in the right position; I had to chase Frank Crifo and I just got him on the line.’ The young Tarneit resident wants to consolidate his skills and stay in C a little longer. ‘Ideally I want to be starting in B towards the end of the year.’ Peter Bloink is looking at a promotion given his win in tonight’s D-Grade race, taking the sprint from the evergreen veteran Dal O’Brien.
Footscray CC Club VUT Crits (2012) - 26 January 2012
A-Grade: 1st Shannon Johnson (Preston CC), 2nd Dom Dudkiewicz, 3rd Paul Anders, 4th Chris Zucchet & 5th Shaun Gatter.
B-Grade: 1st Matt Johnson, 2nd Antonio Marino, 3rd Mark Micallef, 4th Craig Evans.
C-Grade: 1st Stephen Liley, 2nd Frank Crifo, 3rd Andrew Galliano, 4th Shane McGuirk.
D-Grade: 1st Peter Bloink, 2nd Dal O’Brien, 3rd Dennis Hobbs & 4th John Paxton.