Photo By: Les Aubrey … Speedway 3 All Square at Cowley
BRITISH GRAND PRIX RESERVES NAMED
TOM Brennan and Leon Flint have been confirmed as the reserves for the British Grand Prix at Cardiff on Saturday August 13.
Both Brennan and Flint were part of the GB Under-21 team who won a bronze medal in Denmark in the SON2 on Friday night and took part in the abandoned British Final at Belle Vue on Monday.
Current British Under-21 Champion Brennan will wear the number 17 race-jacket and the newly-crowned British Under-19 Champion Flint will be number 18.
PLYMOUTH kept their Championship play-off bid on track with three points against Birmingham – but only after being taken right down to a last-heat decider.
The two injury-hit sides served up an exciting encounter with the Brummies fighting back from 12 points down to level the scores with two races remaining.
A draw overall looked likely, but Gladiators guest Josh Pickering overhauled Birmingham stand-in skipper Justin Sedgmen in Heat 15 to edge a 46-44 victory for the home side.
Guest Lewis Kerr scored 14 for the hosts with reserve Ben Morley contributing a vital 11+2. Kye Thomson and Lee Complin both scored 9+1 for the Brummies.
Birmingham boss Laurence Rogers said: “It really was a superb team effort to come from such an early deficit to go into Heat 15 level.
“We were left wondering what could have been though because we did have some more bad luck in those first few races.
“But I thought the team gelled well, rode well together, there was a superb spirit in the pits and I was proud of all of them.”
OXFORD and Poole fought out a 45-45 draw in a thriller at Cowley – with the sides due to meet again at Wimborne Road tonight (Wednesday).
The result did not quite secure a place in the Championship Jubilee League Final for the Pirates, but they still have two home matches remaining.
Tuesday’s match went right down to the final bend of Heat 15 with Pirates skipper Danny King splitting Aaron Summers and Troy Batchelor by moving inside Batchelor and then holding off the home rider’s response in a tight finish.
Summers top-scored for the Cheetahs with 12 points, whilst Steve Worrall (12) and King (10+1) led the way for the Pirates.
Said Summers: “We knew it was going to be a tough one against Poole. We were giving it our best, and it was close all night. We were in front, then they were in front, and it went all the way to the final race.
“I made a good gate and when I had a look behind me, I could see Troy battling away. One moment he was there, and we had the 5-1 we needed, the next moment Danny was there.
“It was a good meeting and we did all we could. We really could have done with a win, but we’ll still go to Poole and do our best to win the meeting there.”
Wednesday’s return fixture will see Oxford operating rider replacement for Jack Thomas, after he aggravated a wrist injury.
OXFORD bid to boost their NDL play-off hopes when they host Armadale at Cowley tonight (Wednesday).
The Chargers would move up to third in the table with a win, and also extend their margin over fifth place to five points.
The home side track their regular line-up whilst the Devils hand a debut to new signing Kyran Lyden – and the man he replaced, Lewis Millar, is also included in the team in place of Elliot Kelly.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3:
CHAMPIONSHIP JUBILEE LEAGUE: Poole v Oxford 7.30
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE: Oxford v Armadale 7.30
THURSDAY AUGUST 4:
PREMIERSHIP: King’s Lynn v Ipswich 7.30, Sheffield v Wolverhampton 7.30
FRIDAY AUGUST 5:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Edinburgh v Plymouth 7.30, Glasgow v Birmingham 7.30
CHAMPIONSHIP JUBILEE LEAGUE: Redcar v Scunthorpe 7.30
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Kent 7.30
BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSIP (125cc/150cc): Belle Vue 6pm
SATURDAY AUGUST 6:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Berwick v Plymouth 6.30
CHAMPIONSHIP JUBILEE LEAGUE: Leicester v Scunthorpe 7pm
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE: Armadale v Plymouth 2.30, Berwick v Plymouth (follows Champ fixture)