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By Steve Carpenter 31/07 Updated: 31/07 14:05
RISING Coventry junior star James Kirrane heads the field in (Wednesday's Open Junior Championship at Hearsall Common, Earlsdon.
The Coundon Court schoolboy will be the favourite to land the crown after a string of highly impressive performances.
He will line-up against the cream of top local Midlands junior talent in a meeting sponsored by Coventry company BMS Limited.
Fellow Coventry starlets Macaulay Burnett, Calum McCarroll and Jake Slatter are also likely to mount a championship challenge and recent debutants Sean Reynolds and Daniel Drewett will also be on parade.
Bretford Bulldogs Niall Cleaver, Kyle Roberts and Jimmy Wassell will add local rivalry to the on-track action and all have a chance of a podium finish.
All three have impressed on the banked Hearsall Common circuit in previous appearances.
Leicester hotshot Liam Wood, Birmingham prospect Euan Hancock and East Park Wolves (Wolverhampton) Will Cartwright will also present a stern challenge for the home contingent.
Elsewhere, Coventry, without four regular first team riders, mounted a spirited challenge at Birmingham last Sunday with a weakened side, before going down to a 100-80 defeat.
On-loan star Mark Winwood, Polish flyer Konrad Pietak and fast improving Myke Grimes led the Coventry resistance, each notching up two heats wins apiece.
Grimes featured in an epic heat 11, the race of the season at the second city track. He gated ahead of Birmingham superstar Chris Timms and rode a superb race to keep out the flying Birmingham rider.
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