UPDATED: News Update
After a spell of quiet activity, FFi Racing has been in the news again. With FFi Racing's Orange based rider making the papers in both Orange and Bathurst in the lead up to the local racing weekend, including the NSW State Hillclimb, Bathurst Criterium and Blayney to Bathurst road race.
In weekend results, Mick scored an impressive third in the Elite State Hillclimb, with a time of 9.10, carving off over a minute from some of his previous years attempts.
In the criterium later that afternoon, making the step up to A Grade after several years with strong results to his name, with a fourth and second he made the most of the opportunity.
After sitting in for the first third of the race, he went on the attack, and found himself in a bunch of four. The bunch consisted of two Bike Bug riders, a Sydney based team and a Real Aussie Kid rider. The four riders were chasing the front pair of Rene Kolbach and Adam Phelan who had a gap of around 10sec and behind them was the chasing peleton around another 16 sec in arrears. After quiet a few laps spent trying to chase down the advantage of the pair in front, but making no dent in the advantage, but not allowing the chasing peleton to get any closer, team manager of Bike Bug, Trent Wilson, gave the call to the two of his riders in the break to sit up and rejoin the peleton so as to add extra fire power to the chase of Phelan out in front. Leaving only two working, Troy and his RAK companion sat up and rejoined the peleton, with Mick going on to record a creditable 12th in the finish after leaving a lot of energy on the road due to his earlier attacking style.
Troy was heard to have said after the race "It wasn't my plan to go on the attack, but with no Windsor's in the race, someone from the Central West had to get out the front of affairs"
Part the way through the race Troy also managed to nab a sprint prime over his more fancied breakaway companions.
Sunday's race was not to be for Troy, puncturing within the first kilometre, rapidly ending his day. Allowing him to stay warm and dry unlike the rest of the competitors.