Aidan Collins continued his winning ways from 2011 by winning Round 1 of the Pozzani Silkolene Grand National UK Flat Track Championship at Leicester Speedway Stadium on 1st April 2012.
Aidan did have his work cut out holding off Tom Woolley and Tim Neave, the two young guns who from the start of the 12 rider, 15 lap Grand Final were pushing the Honda Racing rider. By lap 5 the top 3 split away from the rest of the pack which was headed by Italian Fabrizo Vesprini, riding in the UK Championship for the first time. On lap7 Collins still had Woolley and Neave chasing him down, and in the next group there was another tough battle between Vesprini, Richard Magic Mason, Peter Boast and another new Italian rider to the Championship, Vittrio Marzotto.
There was a red flag situation on lap 10, as Magic Mason lost some of his Magic, going down on turn 2 and getting stuck under the bike. This meant the restart was in the form of a 5 lap line out, giving Woolley and Neave their chance to out start Collins. The tapes went up for the second time in the Grand Final but Collins still didn't make a mistake and took the lead again. With 2 laps gone he had two bike lengths over Pidcock Honda rider Woolley, with Team Suzuki rider Tim Neave putting pressure on him. Vesprini retired with bike problems with 2 laps to go while in 5th spot. Collins held on and secured his first win of 2012, Woolley held Neave off to take 2nd, 4th place went to Marzotto, Boastie was 5th and there was a good ride from Alan Birtwistle for 6th place.
Full Result Round 1 Grand National UK Flat Track Championship 2012
1st # 1 Aidan Collins 450 HRC Honda
2nd # 93 Tom Woolley 450 Pidcock CRF Honda
3rd # 14 Tim Neave 450 Team RMZ Suzuki
4th # 86 Vittorio Marzzotto 450 Silkolene Honda
5th # 54 Pete Boast 450 Team RMZ Suzuki
6th # 30 Alan Birtwistle 450 Honda
7th # 20 Darren Trapmore 450 TCR KTM
8th # 98 Richard Mason 450 Arrow Honda
9th # 71 Glyn Pocklington 450 Team TP Aprillia
10th # 38 George Pickering 450 KTM
11th # 68 Tom Neave 450 Suzuki
12th # 21 Fabrizio Vesprini 580 TM
Next round TT at Norfolk Arena 21st April 7pm start