THE green shoots of recovery from the coronavirus pandemic are starting to emerge at Astley & Tyldesley Cycle Speedway Club.

To explore the viability of a Manchester Individual Grand Prix series this summer, the club hosted a test event at Gin Pit on Sunday.

With three groups running races at a leisurely pace, the consensus among clubs that a six-round series starting at Bury this coming Sunday was viable.

On the track, A&T’s Duncan Whalley raced to a maximum score in the under 13s match, with teammate Matt Snell doing likewise in the junior race.

The senior match was more competitive, with Reece Pollitt top scoring with A&T teammate Steve Harris recording the fastest time of the day with 42.09secs in heat one.

Manchester Individual Grand Prix (test event) results:

Under 13s: Duncan Whalley (A&T) 16, Tom Dunphy (Bury) 13, Megan Lloyd (Harry Middleton CC) 10, Bobby Dunphy (Bury) 7, Sam Dunphy (Bury) 4

Junior: Matt Snell (A&T) 16, Charlie Burgess (A&T) 12, Duncan Whalley (A&T) 8, Owen Simcock (A&T) 4

Senior: Reece Pollitt (A&T) 15, Matt Snell (A&T) 14, Steve Harris (A&T) 13, Kris Ramsden (Bury) 12, Paul Graham (A&T) 8, Eryk Motala (Bury) 7, Steve Mann (Bury) 6