Jack O’Neill (Team Jewson-MI Racing) set a new course record on his way to a convincing victory in the Banbury Star CC hardriders 23-mile time trial in Oxfordshire on Sunday.
O’Neill’s time of 51.38 gave him victory on the day by more than two minutes, with runner-up Chris Goodfellow (Drag2zero) clocking 53.49, while the podium was completed by Cameron Foster (Team Milton Keynes) who was another 45 seconds off the pace.
Despite heavy rain leaving standing water on the course in places and gusting crosswinds, O’Neill showed he is in great form as he proved fastest of the 49 riders who took to the start.
There was a win for the promoting club in the veterans category with Tim Butt clocking 59.20, while the fastest of the women was Lydia Watts (Zappi’s RT) with 1:05:31, giving her the win by almost two minutes from Deborah Davidson (Mickey Cranks CC).
O’Neill – who rode the Classic TT Series last season as well as the National Hill-Climb Championships – is also expected to be riding in this year’s Knight Composites Classic TT Series, which has its first two rounds next month.
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1st Jack O'Neill (Team Jewson - MI Racing) 51.38 Course record
2nd Chris Goodfellow (Drag2Zero) 53.49
3rd Cameron Foster (Team Milton Keynes) 55.34
4th James Beechey (Baines Racing Silverstone Cycle) 57.32
5th John Wingfield (Team Milton Keynes) 57.41
6th Barry Connelly (Team Milton Keynes) 58.22
1st Tim Butt (Banbury Star CC) 59.20
2nd Richard Howes (Coventry Road Club) 1:03.01
3rd Roger Foster (Team Milton Keynes) 1:03.20
1st Lydia Watts (Zappi Racing Team) 1:05.31
2nd Deborah Davidson (Mickey Cranks Cycling Club) 1:07.20
3rd Alison Bagnell (Stratford Cycling Club) 1:07.51