Friday’s track cycling action in Adelaide featured the ‘Super-Drome Grand Prix’, a one-day program of events which forms part of the five-day International Track Series (#ITSAdelaide).
Spectators who arrived early were treated to blistering flying 200m qualifying times set byMatthew Glaetzer (9.999) and Stephanie Morton (11.019).
Glaetzer (SA) secured his second sprint victory within three days with a straight heats win over Tomoyuki Kawabata (Japan) with Chao Xu (China) rounding out the podium.
“You need to focus on each race and do the best you can because your opponents can catch you off guard very easily,“ said Glaetzer, referring to the challenges of multiple sprint rounds.
In the women’s sprint final, Tianshi Zhong (China) won the first round to put pressure on the hometown favourite.However Morton didn’t disappoint, fighting back over the remaining two rounds to take the win.
“I love performing in front of a home crowd and it’s a great hit out before the Commonwealth Games. I’m really looking forward to a couple more days of racing… so yeah, bring it on!” said Morton.
Macey Stewart (TAS) had a successful day coming away with a win in the U19 women’s elimination ahead of Josie Talbot (NSW) and Dani McKinnirey (SA) to go with a win in the points race over Talbot and Hollee Simons (NSW).
Fellow Taswegian, Lauren Perry finished first in the scratch race with Stewart second and followed by Talbot in third place. Stella effort by U17 rider Tahlay Christie (WA) to win the U19 Women's keirin, ahead of Sheridan Spark (QLD) and Bridget Mullany (NSW).
Daniel Fitter (QLD) also came away with a double win with victory the U19 men’s scratch race ahead of Rohan Wight (SA) and Michael Rice (ACT) and in the points race where Alexander Porter (SA) and Wight rounded out the podium.
The last man standing in the elimination race was Sam Welsford (WA) who claimed victory over Callum Scotson (SA) and Fitter. The U19 men's keirin went to Braeden Dean (VIC), his second keirin victory over the past three days, with the minor placing’s taken by Conor Rowley (VIC) and Derek Radzikiewicz (SA).
ITS Adelaide will run from 1pm until 9pm each day until Sunday 22 June at Adelaide's Super-Drome and has attracted 145 riders from 11 countries including New Zealand, Malaysia, Ireland, Italy, Japan and China. Hong Kong, Korea and Argentina.
Tickets $10 Adult, $5 Concession, Children U/12 free.