It’s been a busy season for the Andy Moore Autocentres Racing Team as their dominant form continues.
A continued climb up the team rankings has given the riders added motivation and spiced up the season,
Team manager Andy Moore has taken the racing further afield to allow the squad to test their performance against more of the UK’s cycling talent.
A trip to Lancashire’s picturesque Barrowford on a Sunny weekend offered the perfect opportunity to test the team and with a double bill of racing at the Steven Burke Sports Complex, it proved to be a dominant display in near perfect conditions.
Recent recruit Joel Candy was aiming to increase his points scoring tally, and in the first of the two races, Candy was tactically supported by team mate Xavier Scott and manager Moore, with the intention of gaining a podium position for the local rider.
A packed entry list saw some close wheel to wheel racing, with Candy and team mate Scott attacking on numerous occasions, with team Manager Moore aiming to control the peloton and maintain the break advantage.
The attacks continued, and eventually the planning paid off, with the final attack creating a late opportunity, with the subsequent stringing out of the peloton enabling Candy to launch a vicious sprint from a long way out, which took him to the finish line ahead of the rest.
Team mate Scott rolled in ninth with his supporting job done.
The success continued in the second event of the day, when riders Adam Turner and Danny Featherstone teamed up to once more aim for a podium finish in the Elite race.
And it was Turner who this time took the points. Aided by Featherstone, whose repeated attacks maintained a high pace throughout, it came down to a hectic final sprint, with Turner claiming an impressive third place spot.
Team manager Andy Moore said: “We thought it would be a bit of fun to race at a different venue, and test the lads against a different set of riders, to give us an idea of how their form is.
Tactically it worked as we hoped, with Joel gaining perfect position in the first race to give him the sprint opportunity.
“The racing was elbow to elbow stuff, but the atmosphere was friendly despite being ultra competitive, and we were kept busy managing the counter attacks throughout.
“Adam showed his usual class, and brought home yet another podium, so it’s been a fantastic day out at a fantastic venue.
“The organisers of the Barrowford event made us so welcome, and they were very complimentary about the team and it’s riders, although I’m not too sure they’ll want us turning up too often if we’re showing this kind of form.”