It says much of the teams’ high standards in only their second year of competition, that heading away from Northwich on Friday night Rebecca Durrell of Drops was feeling a little disappointed with her performance, despite adding the individual lead of the Series to the team lead held since Round One.

Seventh in the night’s bunch sprint was added to fourth and third from the opening two races to put Rebecca top of the standings, one point ahead of Northwich winner Emily Nelson.

Drops also edged out a seven point lead at the top over Team Breeze as they head to the Wembley Park presented by Jurys Inn round.

“I was actually a little bit disappointed after my ride tonight, so it’s really nice to take the overall lead, but it’s a team game so I’m just so happy that we’re still in the leader’s jerseys, as that’s what we’ve come here to achieve.

“We aimed to come in for a strong start and wanted to get a good footing to be able to continue on that for the rest of the Series, so we feel we’ve done that this week.

“We weren’t really as commanding in today’s race, so we do need to think of the long-term goal really, but we’re glad to hold onto the jerseys, there’s definitely some difficult competition out there."

The opening three rounds have seen a fierce battle between Drops, Team Breeze and Team WNT, with Team Ford EcoBoost and Team OnForm also looking poised to capitalise on any lapses in concentration.

“There is definitely a step up this year and there are some key riders, in fact there are a lot of key riders who we are always having to watch for.  It makes for interesting racing, and very tough racing, but we love that so it’s ok!”

Next up for the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series is Wembley Park on Tuesday night, and Durrell will be racing again, an ever present in the Drops line-up alongside former Champion Annie Simpson and Annasley Park

“The legs are starting to wake up now and enjoy it!  It’s a real honour for our Series  to take a step up this year and to be able to race on circuits like Wembley and Bath it really is exciting, and we’re happy that the women’s side of the sport is starting to move forward.”

Round Four takes place at 1830 at Wembley Park, with highlights on ITV4 at 1900 on Wednesday 17 May.