Date: Sunday August 15, 2021 (feature photo Australian Ryan Douglas)
LEICESTER closed the gap on Championship leaders Glasgow with a convincing 56-34 home victory over Eastbourne.
The Lions responded to Wednesday’s frustrating narrow defeat at Birmingham in fine fashion with a solid team display.
Ryan Douglas dropped just one point from five rides whilst Hans Andersen was denied a paid maximum in the final race of the night by British Under-21 Champion Tom Brennan.
Team boss Stewart Dickson said: “Wednesday night has been well documented by enough people without me adding to it anymore – this was about how we responded and we responded very well.
“It was a good team performance, pretty solid, and it was nice to have a choice of riders again in Heat 15.
“I thought the track was really good tonight, I know there wasn’t a lot of passing but it was fast and it was close racing. All-in-all this was a decent night for us.”
BERWICK raced to their biggest win of the season as they defeated Plymouth 57-33 at Shielfield Park.
Jye Etheridge made a successful return from injury for the Bandits with a four-ride paid maximum (11+1) whilst Leon Flint scored 10 from five rides racing in the main body of the team.
The home side lost Kasper Andersen after a crash in the initial staging of Heat 2 as he withdrew after the re-run of that race, but fellow reserve Kyle Bickley covered well with 11+3 from seven rides.
Bjarne Pedersen (11+2) and Jason Crump (10) dominated the scoring for the Gladiators.
Berwick boss Gary Flint said: “What a meeting that was! It had some superb passing and the Bandits, at full strength, did what we know they can.
“They worked as a team unit to dominate the Gladiators and were not intimidated by the presence of Jason and Bjarne, in fact they all tried that bit harder to beat them, and some of them did!
“All credit to all 14 riders out there tonight as they all contributed to a great night out, and of course we wish Kasper a quick recovery from the nasty bang to the groin he suffered in Heat 2. I’m sure he’ll bounce back soon.”
REDCAR host a bumper 34-race schedule today (Sunday, 2pm) starting with their Championship clash with Plymouth.
The Bears have not raced at home in over three weeks but remain in the top six of the league table, and they name an unchanged side with rider-replacement still in operation for Jordan Stewart.
Danyon Hume again steps in for Alfie Bowtell for the Gladiators, who are completing a three-match Northern tour.
Bears co-promoter Jamie Swales said: “We’re in for a tough test judging by the Plymouth performance at Edinburgh (on Friday).
“The Gladiators are starting to put some good performances together now and we are going to need to up our gating game and make sure they don’t get a shock result.”
The match is followed by 19 heats of British Youth Championship speedway with Round 3 of the 125cc/150cc class taking place. Redcar’s Cubs have three representatives in Becky Weston, Laylen Richardson and Edward Davison.
NEWCASTLE have called up Aaron Summers to guest for the injured Matthew Wethers in today’s (Sunday, 6.30pm) home clash with Championship leaders Glasgow.
The Tigers, who were rained off at home to Birmingham on Friday, bring in former Diamonds star Steve Worrall in place of the injured Ulrich Ostergaard.
EDINBURGH promoter Alex Harkess had high praise for the riders competing in the British Youth Championship after Saturday’s successful staging at Armadale.
Ben Trigger (500cc), Luke Harrison (250cc), Stene Pijper (125cc A) and Edward Davison (125cc B) took the individual honours in a meeting where 29 races were run in under three hours.
The only glitch on proceedings was an unfortunate crash in Heat 3 of the 250cc class in which Freddy Hodder suffered a suspected broken collarbone.
Harkess said: “It’s been a very entertaining afternoon and we’ve seen young riders with impressive skills.
“I hope this good work continues and we can help keep a flow of new riders coming into British Speedway.”
MONDAY AUGUST 16:
BRITISH FINAL: Belle Vue 7.30
TUESDAY AUGUST 17:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Kent v Berwick 6.30, Plymouth v Scunthorpe 7pm