SCUNTHORPE No.1 Ryan Douglas kicked off the new season with victory in Josh Auty’s Testimonial meeting at the Eddie Wright Raceway.
Douglas finished third to Danny King and Charles Wright in his first ride, but those were the only points he dropped throughout the evening.
All three reached the Final with Douglas taking the win over King, whilst another home rider Tero Aarnio finished third overall ahead of Wright.
Douglas said: “I’m really happy to start the season like that. I came here a few times here last season, and it was similar – I’d drop points in my first ride and then win every race after that.
“I felt I had both the speed and confidence to win races, which is always good around your home track. I’m also pleased Josh’s Testimonial ran smoothly and it was a good meeting for the fans to watch.”
JOSH Auty gave his thanks to all involved in a smooth-running and successful Testimonial event at Scunthorpe on Saturday.
The Scorpions’ all-time record points scorer won the opening race of an event which saw a total of 29 heats, including British Youth action, completed inside two-and-a-half hours.
Auty said: “I feel I’ve delivered a good event and I hope everyone has gone home really happy. A big thank you to Rob (Godfrey) for allowing me to hold the meeting at Scunthorpe.
“Also thank you to all the sponsors of the event and all the fans who paid to watch – I hope they went home buzzing, because it was a good meeting.
“The riders were superb. None of them let me down and they gave everything out on track, there was no holding back, and they produced some phenomenal racing.
“A big thank you to my family and my missus, Sarah Hoof, who was the Clerk Of The Course today. Last but certainly not least, thank you to the supporters of Scunthorpe Speedway for everything they’ve done for me over the years.”
LEWIS Kerr stages his Testimonial Meeting at King’s Lynn today (Sunday, 4pm) with a four-team tournament on the agenda.
Kerr has attracted an impressive line-up including Stars legend Niels-Kristian Iversen, who is set to line up for the club again in the opening weeks of the season.
Born in Lynn, Kerr’s career with the club started at National Development League level and he has also spent time as skipper of the senior side.
He said: “Everything is set up nicely, I’m looking forward to it and now it’s here I just want everyone to have a great day.
“The weather is going to be nice and dry so the riders will have great conditions, and I want everyone to leave looking back on a great day.
“I want to thank everyone involved in getting this meeting organised. I won’t be riding myself just because I want to be there to help out behind the scenes, it’s a lot of work and I’m not sure I could be a full-time promoter! It’s stressful!”
MONDAY MARCH 21:
PETER CRAVEN MEMORIAL: Belle Vue 7.30
THURSDAY MARCH 24:
TODD KURTZ TESTIMONIAL: Sheffield 7.30
FRIDAY MARCH 25:
TYNE/TEES TROPHY 1st leg: Redcar v Newcastle 7.30