Mickie claims third place

Mickie Simpson raced to third.
Mickie Simpson raced to third.

Up-and-coming speedway rider Mickie Simpson finished third in the fourth round of the Scunthorpe Youth Winter Series.

The Wrangle youngster, 11, now sits second in the overall rankings.

There was a frosty start to the day before the track churned into a sloppy surface which was tough to ride.

In heat one Mickie came second behind Sam McGurk, coming second to Harry McGurk in race two.

His first win of the day came in heat three as the frost came out of the track.

A fall in heat four saw Mickie excluded as the cause of the race stoppage. Heat five was similar and, after a good start which saw him take the lead, Mickie had another slide, but managed to pick the bike up and race to the flag to pick up second place.

After a great start to the B final, Mickie won his place in the A final, up against main rivals Harry McGurk, Jordan Palin and Sam McGurk.

After a good start, slotting in behind Harry in the first corner, Jordan came round the outside in turn two to take second before going under Harry in turn one on the second lap to take the lead, with Mickie pushing Harry hard for the second spot.

On lap three, Mickie also slipped under Harry into turn one to take second before Harry got the better drive out of turn two to retake the place and hold it to the line.

Jordan claimed first with Harry second, Mickie third and Sam fourth.

Championship standings: 1 H. McGurk 79 points, 2 M. Simpson 70, 3 L. Harrison 62.