Pete Williams says the performance of his Motorpoint team in Sunday’s Peter Young Memorial Race was more important than the individual glory.
Williams took the victory in the Hounslow event, with his team-mates cleaning up the top five positions.
In-form Marcin Bialobocki finished a close second, as Ian Bibby, Tobyn Horton and Johnny McEvoy sewed-up the major placings.
Having barely raced in 2011, the Southport-rider believes their dominant display was helped by the lack of competitive action this year.
“Most of the team haven’t had a good chance to get stuck-in at any races this season,” said Williams, “so to describe it as a good weekend for us would be an understatement.
“It’s always nice for the team to win, regardless of who crosses the line first.”
The five Motorpoint riders broke clear on the third lap of the race, and had Grant Bayton (Wilier-GoSelfDrive.com), Ian Knight (Corley Cycles), Mike Wragg (Python RT), Nic Hutchings (CS Grupetto), Hugh Wilson (Wilier GSD), Gunnar Groenland & Lewis Atkins (Twenty3c-Orbea) and Yanto Barker (Pendragon Colnago Le Col) for company.
Hutchings, who took a fine second in February’s Perf’s Pedal, drove the breakaway group on gallantly, but could do nothing to stop the Motorpoint-machine when it went into overdrive.
By the closing laps, their five man contingent had all escaped from the original break and were divided between Williams and Bialoblocki, who were doing a speedy two-up just beyond the sight of Bibby, McEvoy and Horton.
Despite seemingly attempting to dead-heat the race, Williams pipped the Pole to take his first win in 2011.
Williams admitted that the team were planning on attacking their breakaway companions, but didn’t know how the result would pan out.
“As soon as we were away and had a comfortable gap we knew we had to split the race up again.
“The long distance of the event was going to help us, especially having so many riders in the front group.
“Taking the race to a sprint finish between the full breakaway group was never an option, as we’d have looked silly if we hadn’t have taken the win,” added Williams.
Interestingly, the victory came on the same day that Liam Holohan led a Raleigh 1-4 in the Evesham Vale Road Race.
Holohan was joined by Matt Jones and Jamie Sparling in the race-winning move, and took his second-successive victory in the race before Matt Cronshaw won the bunch sprint for forth.
Raleigh finished with six riders in the top ten, with Richard Handley and Ryan Parnes finishing eighth and tenth respectively.
Peter Young Memorial Race, Hounslow, 85 miles
1. Pete Williams (Motorpoint Pro Cycling) 3-20
2. Marcin Bialoblocki (Motorpoint Pro Cycling)
3. Ian Bibby (Motorpoint Pro Cycling)
4. Johnny McEvoy (Motorpoint Pro Cycling)
5. Tobyn Horton (Motorpoint Pro Cycling)
6. Yanto Barker (Pendragon-Colnago) at 3m 20secs
7. Lewis Atkins (Twenty3c-Orbea)
8. Nic Hutchings (CS Grupetto)
9. Grant Bayton (Wilier-GoSelfDrive.com)
10. Mike Wragg (Python RT)
Evesham Vale Road Race, Evesham Vale, 55 miles
1. Liam Holohan (Team Raleigh)
2. Matt Jones (Team Raleigh)
3. James Sparling (Team Raleigh)
4. Matt Cronshaw (Team Raleigh)
5. Ben Stockdale (Team Qoroz)
6. James Williamson (Sigma Sport)
7. Oliver Beckingsale (Endura MTB Racing)
8. Richard Handley (Team Raleigh)
9. Lee Davies (Motorpoint Pro Cycling)
10. Ryan Parnes (Team Raleigh)
Bialoblocki wins fastest ever Jock Wadley Memorial