CYCLE SPEEDWAY: Rugby riders among best in world

Mason Phillips chasing Australian Jack Norman cycle speedway (PICTURE BY Ray Andrews)
Mason Phillips chasing Australian Jack Norman cycle speedway (PICTURE BY Ray Andrews)

Fantastic achievement by Mason in front of capacity crowd

Coventry Cycle Speedway Club rider Mason Phillips from Rugby, made his Junior World Final debut on Sunday at Wednesfield.

Having comfortably qualifying in Poole on July 31, he had a tough semi final at Birmingham the day before the final and just scraped through taking the last available spot after a tense run-off.

In front of a capacity crowd, Mason did himself proud managing to score 13 points, which gave him seventh place in the world. A fantastic achievement considering he only started racing four years ago.

Mason wishes to thank Paddox Cycles, Andy Angell (the three times British Cycle Speedway Champion), Dave Morris, Cooper-Sewell Landscapes, all at Coventry CSC (especially Myke Grimes and Bobby McMillan) and last but not least his family and friends who have supported him.

Mason’s sister, Bailie, competed in the Women’s World semi final on Saturday 1st August. At only 13 years old, she scored a very respectable 9 points against 15 other women, including a second place race finish behind the 2011 Women’s World Champion.

Unfortunately she missed the cut for a semi final place but being one of the youngest competitors, the Harris School pupil has a good future ahead of her.