SWINDON reserve Nathan Greaves narrowly missed out on a rostrum place as he finished fourth in the British Under 19 Championship this evening.
The 16-year-old managed 11 points in Kent, just one behind Jack Kingston in third as Oliver Greenwood took the title with a maximum ahead of Josh Bates who only dropped one point.
Greaves won his opening ride from the gate, beating Kelsey Dugard, Dano Verge and Sean Phillips, but came to grief in the first corner of his second outing after tangling with Bates. The race was re-run with all four rider, with Greaves eventually coming off second best after a tough first corner between the duo in the re-run.
Greaves could only manage third in his third outing, in which Greenwood picked up win number three, but a win from the gate in heat 13 put him back in the hunt with one ride left.
The Swindon reserve needed a victory to pull level with Greenwood, but could only manage second to Kingston who eventually finished third.
Greaves still has three years of eligibility left for the competition, meaning he has plenty of time to add to his collection of national titles.
FINAL SCORES: Oliver Greenwood 15, Josh Bates 14, Jack Kingston 13, Nathan Greaves 11, Luke Harris 9, Connor Mountain 8, Kelsey Dugard 8, Ellis Perks 8, Danno Verge 8, Adam Portwood 6, Jamie Couzins 6, Macauley Leek 5, Scooter Webster 4, Layne Cupitt 2, Danyon Hume 1, Sean Phillips 1.