COVENTRY RIDER Myke Grimes suffered heartache in Exeter on Monday, missing out on the British Final by just one point in dramatic circumstances.
Grimes, who top scored in his semi final in Southampton on Sunday, finished the meeting on 16 points and was left relying on the outcome of the final heat – which would dictate who would become British Champion.
Starting off grid four, Wednesfield’s Ben Mould required a heat win in order to win the British Title, or a second place finish to force a run-off – any other outcome would see Grimes crowned champion.
In cruel circumstances, Mould was in last place with just one turn to go – however a final bend pile up involving three other riders ensured Mould cruised his way past the pack to deny Grimes of what would have been his first win in a major final.
The dramatic incident sparked controversy among spectators, however Grimes remained satisfied with his overall performance and stated the referee’s decision was in the best intentions in what is a tough job.
Grimes said: “I’m gutted, to come so close to winning a British Championship and having it taken from my hands when the race was out of my control was devastating.
“Having said that I can’t be disappointed with second place, the referee has a tough job and its his intentions to make the correct decision.
“I’m determined to come fighting back next year and days like today will only make it all the more sweeter when I do cross over the line in front.”
Meanwhile there was more silverware for the Coventry club as former World Champion Ray Oliver won the British Over 50s final – just months after an extraordinary return to the sport.
The veteran raced to a stunning 16 point maximum – securing the British Title in heat 12 when defeating former Coventry team mate Dave Frith from the advantageous gate one position.
Oliver’s victory comes more than two decades after he triumphed in Adelaide – and there’s rumours circulating he’s already eying another British Title in 12 months time.