ASTLEY and Tyldesley cycle speedway hosted round four of the Manchester League Grand Prix series at Gin Pit.

There was another excellent turn-out of riders, with 45 appearing in 48 heats, which were completed in two hours.

A well prepared track saw some fast times in the senior match, with A & T's Dariusz Pilas recording the fastest time of the season, 42.19 secs, when winning heat three, which is less than one second outside Przemek Binkowski's five year old track record.

Pilas recorded a 16 points maximum in the Division One (senior) match, as A & T romped to their fourth successive victory in this series.

A & T's Darek Kurkowski and Remi Burchardt both won races, with the only serious opposition coming from Stockport's former British Champion Terry Norman. Disappointingly, Bury failed to field a single rider. Dariusz Pilas now leads the Grand Prix series by a point, overhauling the earlier leader Remi Burchardt.

Stockport extended their lead in the Division Two (junior) series, with a convincing win, whilst Bury pipped A & T for second place on the night.

It was pleasing to see A & T fielding five riders who were making their first appearances in this competition, having progressed through the weekly training sessions and the early season North West Go-Ride Grand Prix series. Best rider on the night for A & T was Adam Watson, who dropped just one point in the U10 match.