Staveley race team give youth a chance in curtain raiser

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Staveley based Andy Moore Autocentres Racing Team returned to action on Saturday with a new rider in their ranks.

Team principal Andy Moore decided to freshen things up over the winter period, expanding his team to nine members with the inclusion of 15-year-old rider Liam Hindmarsh.

“As a team we are driven to provide opportunities to promising talent, and Liam is a perfect example of this,” said Moore.

“I think his potential is astonishing, and he is quickly absorbing the knowledge and experience we can provide.

“Our aim is to develop a Chesterfield based race team that can achieve success at the highest level, and Liam will be part of our ambitious adventure.”

The young rider was thrown in at the deep end and took on the challenge of senior racing at the team’s first outing at Darley Moor.

Hindmarsh and team-mate Danny Featherstone battled against the blustery conditions in a 22-lap race alongside nearly 70 other competitors.

The new addition was comfortable in the main peloton, despite the limitations of gear ratios, due to the regulations necessary for youth riders.

Featherstone took the bunch sprint behind two breakaways and Hindmarsh finished sixth. The team were in action again in the Elite race.

Andy Bishop, Damien Shakespeare, Jono Dexter, Calum Lawson and Chris Hayes all present in a race that was high tempo that resulted in Shakespeare experiencing a dramatic 40mph crash.

He crossed the line in eighth place, with Dexter scoring a point, having narrowly missed the wreckage in front of him.

The severity of the impact left Shakespeare with nothing more than cuts and bruises, and a race helmet split down the middle, and with it’s outer shell ground away.