KIDDERMINSTER cycling star Kinga Ingram secured victory at the National Track Championships.

The event was held at the Geraint Thomas velodrome in Newport, Wales.

The championships consisted of five events with Ingram representing Halesowen Cycling Club in the under-16 girls.

The event opened with the individual pursuit and Ingram started strongly beating her previous best time by an astonishing nine seconds to finish in two minutes and 31 seconds and take a fine fifth place. Winner Zoe Backstedt set a new national record of two minutes and 22 seconds.

It was in the scratch race - a bunch race where the first person over the line wins - where Kinga took top honours proving a popular winner of the girls’ under-16 scratch race, powering away in the closing stages of the race as her rivals hesitated.

Ingram attacked early on in the race, only to be reeled in by the pack. With six laps left Ingram went off the front again, and with her competitors waiting for each other to launch a counter-attack, was able to get away. Elodie Gage (Wolverhampton Wheelers) emerged from the pack with three laps remaining, but didn’t quite have enough to catch Ingram, who took gold. Gage claimed silver and Flora Perkins (VC Londres) bronze.

Elsewhere in the championships, Ingram came sixth in the 500m time trial, scored a top-10 in the points race and with teammate Izzy Sharpe scored a fine fourth place in the Madison, a race which is scheduled to be in the next Olympics with riders alternating laps and scoring points for predesignated sprint finishes, to add to her National Champions jersey from the scratch race.