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Ward claims first win of the season the hard way

Adam Ward claims victory in the A3 race at the Carn Classic. Photo: Jim Halferty

 
WHILE he didn’t want to say it aloud, Adam Ward went into Sunday’s Carn Classic determined to claim his first win of the season, having been the sacrificial lamb so far this term for his Powerhouse Sport team-mates Cathair Doyle and Brendan Flannagan.
 
Having helped them to victories and podium finishes so far this campaign, Ward felt it was his turn to shine and he did it the hard way, leading from start to finish to claim victory in the 58 miles A3 (junior) race around the Maghera area.
 
The 17-year-old Donemana man admits that he did have second thoughts, several times throughout the five lap race, about wether or not going it alone was the correct decision.
 
In the end, it did, and he was delighted with the outcome as he led second-placed Doyle and NRPT-Chill Insurance’s Shay Donley home.
 
“I’d done a few races since the start of the season and I’d been helping out my team-mates. Cathair won two races and Brendan was on the podium at another, so, I didn’t say anything, but in my head it was my turn,” he explained.
 
“When we rolled out from the start in Maghera I attacked as soon as the flag dropped and I saw I had a bit of a gap, so I decided to keep going.
 
“I was fighting with myself, though, because I had to decide whether or not to keep going. I was struggling to commit because there was a long way to go and if a group had come across it would have been interesting.
 
“Two guys did come up but I lost them at after the first lap and I decided to commit, kept it steady because it was going to be a long day out!
 
“Thankfully if someone had decided to attack, my team-mates were there keeping an eye on things and were there to help, so I was happy enough with how it finished,” he concluded.
 
Adam will be back on the saddle this coming weekend at the Bann Valley Classic and the East Tyrone GP.
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