7th Dec, 2016

Ron O’Connor off the mark for Coventry's M.I.Racing

Steve Carpenter 8th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

RON O’Connor got his M.I.Racing career off to the best possible start by winning the 60km Baines Racing Road in Towcester.

O’Connor had been out of the sport for the past nine years but marked his return by crossing the finish line first on Sunday.

Not to be outdone, team mate Martin Hackley looks to have benefitted from training at the new Derby Veledrome over the winter by winning the third race in Towcester in cold and windy conditions.

Team boss Mick Ives said he was ‘delighted’ with such ‘excellent’ results so early in the season.

There was bad news for lady member Stephanie Peters who suffered 20 stitches to her face, a fractured hand and concussion after crashing during an event on Saturday.

The crash puts a halt to Peters’ early season racing after she finished as the third fastest veteran lady in Coalville.

M.I.Racing also held their annual team launch event on Saturday with 25 riders present along with several team sponsors.

Ives praised the team for their ‘outstanding’ performances in 2015 having collected no fewer than three World Masters, One European and 19 British Championships.

A total of 11 new members were announced as well as two new sponsors, one of which is from Denmark.