Rocket man Mapp on course for Olympic trial bid

PUBLISHED: 11:51 24 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 11 May 2010

LAURENCE Mapp s pursuit of an Olympic trial remains firmly on track following a second place finish in the fifth round of the East Anglia BMX Summer Series. Mapp continued his fine form in the Elite Class A Final and in a close contest was edged into sec

LAURENCE Mapp's pursuit of an Olympic trial remains firmly on track following a second place finish in the fifth round of the East Anglia BMX Summer Series.

Mapp continued his fine form in the Elite Class A Final and in a close contest was edged into second place. However, the points did much for the Royston ace's chances of grabbing a qualification place for the British Cycling Olympic trials to be held in Switzerland over the coming weeks.

If successful, Mapp could be in with a chance of representing Great Britain in Beijing.

Elsewhere, in the seven-year class A final Josh Peters claimed a deserved win for Rockets, with Ted Dalleywater finishing fourth, just ahead of James King.

Marmaduke Birt finished seventh.

In the under-six-year class A final, Kelly Newall also finished seventh, while in the B final Louis Foreman was third.

Oliver Snelling claimed fourth spot in the eight-year class B final, while in the nine- year class Aaron Dalleywater took a fine first place in the A final, ahead of teammate Bradan Blanche, who finished fourth.

In the Girls seven-nine class Jasia Blanche was seventh, while Zak Foreman grabbed third place in the 10-year class B final.

Success followed in the 13- year class, which saw Aston Blanche race to an impressive second place, and Ben Gutteridge fighting hard in the 14-year class B final, with a fourth place finish.

Wayne Gutteridge kept up his challenge for a regional top spot with a well-taken third place finish in the 16- year class, while Katie Roberts claimed seventh spot.

The Rockets will be back in action this weekend for round seven of the National Summer Series in Hartlepool.

Club official Phil Townsend said: "The Hartlepool event looks to be very interesting, particularly for Laurence.

"Three of the four trial places have already been allocated to riders already in the British Cycling Olympic squad.

"The final place will probably be given to the first rider across the finish line on Sunday.

"Laurence, who is second in the national rankings, has a chance, and anything can happen."

Full details of forthcoming club and regional events can be found on the club web site at www.roystonrockets.co.uk

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