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Lakeside man Davey Watt struck a superb 15+2 point haul as his side earned a priceless 43-49 away win over the Kings Lynn Stars.
It was a tight affair in the opening stages, with a pair of level heats kicking things off. Soon though, Lakeside moved themselves into the lead, with Watt taking the chequered flag with partner Stuart Robson ahead of Maciej Janowski and Daniel Nermark to open up a 4 points gap.
A Kevin Wolbert win soon ensured that the Lakeside advantage was halved to two points, with Mads Korneliussen converting that win into a 4-2 by taking third place.
A good win for Janowski in the 5th race of night only resulted in a 3-3, before a Niels-Kristian Iversen heat 6 win was converted into a 4-2 to pull the home side level by Joe Screen emerging victorious in the battle for third at the back.
Yet Kings Lynn were not level for long, as Watt and Robson combined for the second time in heat 8, with the same outcome moving them four ahead thanks to superb team riding from Watt to keep Robson in front.
When heat 9 arrived, Watt won yet again, and yet again the result was a Lakeside maximum, with inform reserve Richie Worrall beating Nermark and Janowski to second place.
Lakeside then stayed 8 points ahead with Davey Watt winning heat 10 in a clash with Niels-Kristian Iversen with both men in search of maximums, before Peter Karlsson and Kim Nilsson all but wrapped up a great away win with a heat 11 maximum of their own.
At twelve point behind, Kings Lynn just had time to use a tactical ride, but Under 21 World Champion Janowski could not get the better of the red hot Watt, and the outcome was only a 4-4.
With just three heats remaining, that meant that victory was wrapped up for Lakeside, and although Kings Lynn restored some pride with a 5-1 in heat 13 and a 4-2 in heat 14, it was too little too late as they were beaten 43-49, despite Iversen getting revenge by preventing Davey Watt from scoring a maximum by winning heat 15.
Kings Lynn will be extremely disappointed with a home defeat against a team they will feel they should have beaten. Niels-Kristian Iversen (14) was outstanding as ever for the Norfolk outfit, and he was supported well by German Kevin Wolbert (8+2) at reserve and Maciej Janowski (8) who continues to perform consistently. However, the rest of the main body really did under perform, with new signing Joe Screen (4+1) having little impact at number two whilst Daniel Nermark (2) and Mads Korneliussen (4+1) were way below their expected performances levels.
On the other hand, Lakeside had their strong main body in devastating form, with Davey Watt (15+2) leading the way by playing a part in three out of four Hammers 5-1s. The former Poole captain was backed up majestically by young Swede Kim Nilsson (11+3) and Stuart Robson (7+1), whilst veteran number one Peter Karlsson (7) added a useful score considering the form of opposite number Iversen. At reserve, Brits Richie Worrall (4+1) and Robert Mear (5) were solid but not spectacular, but with the form of the main body they did not need to do any more. The win moves Lakeside to the top of the Elite League by granting them three league points, although they are unlikely to stay top for long with Poole just two points behind with two meetings in hand.
Kings Lynn Stars – 43
1. Niels Kristian Iversen – 3, 3, 2, 3, 3 = 14
2. Joe Screen – 0, 1, 2, 1′ = 4+1
3. Maciej Janowsk – 1, 3, 0, 4^ = 8
4. Daniel Nermark – 0, 0, 1, 1 = 2
5. Mads Korneliussen – 1, 1, 0, 2′ = 4+1
6. Mateusz Szczepaniak – 2, 0, 1 = 3
7. Kevin Wolbert – 1′, 3, 1′, 0, 3, 0 = 8+2
Lakeside Hammers – 49
1. Peter Karlsson – 2, 2, 3, 0 = 7
2. Kim Nilsson – 1′, 1′, 2, 3, 2′, 2 = 11+3
3. Davey Watt – 3, 2′, 3, 3, 3, 1′ = 15+2
4. Stuart Robson – 2′, 2, 3, 0, 0 = 7+1
5. Rider Replacement
6. Richie Worrall – 0, 0, 2′, 1, 1 = 4+1
7. Robert Mear – 3, 0, 0, 2 = 5
A late surge from the Poole Pirates saw them preserve their unbeaten home record as they defeated the Wolverhampton Wolves 50-43 in the KO Cup to advance to the next round 104-82 on aggregate. There were team changes, with Poole entering severely depleted, with Rider Replacement operating at 5 in place of the injured Adrian Miedzinski and Jordan Frampton guesting for Dennis Andersson at number 4 with the Swede also injured.
The first heat saw Freddie Lindgren, fresh off the back of a great weekend, held on from Chris Holder for an opening heat 3-3.
The home side then moved ahead by 2 points thanks to a 4-2 in the reserves race as Todd Kurtz held on to take the win from Ricky Wells.
Yet that two point deficit was soon reversed in favour of the Wolves, as Lindgren grabbed his second win of the night by racing clear with Ty Proctor for a superb 5-1.
Heat 4 saw Wolves keep that lead despite a Darcy Ward win, thanks to local youngster Ashley Morris, guesting for the injured Lukasz Sowka, beating Ricky Kling to 3rd, with Robert Miskowiak in second.
Next time out, Wolves extended their lead further, with a second shock 5-1, again involving Lindgren as fellow Swede Pontus Aspgren joined him at the front.
Robert Miskowiak then continued his great night by holding off Grand Prix star Chris Holder to put Wolves 8 ahead with another heat advantage.
However, that enabled Poole to take a man on man heat under the new KO Cup rules, and Darcy Ward duly defeated Lindgren to give Poole a 3-0 and move back within 5.
A level race followed in the 7th programmed race, before Wolves added yet another surprising 4-2 as Aspgren added his second race win ahead of Masters with Morris taking the all important third place to move Wolves seven points ahead.
Yet Poole bounced straight back with a vital heat 9 maximum of their own from Kling and Ward, before they moved back within one point thanks to a win for Ward over Lindgren led to a home heat advantage.
Heats 12 and 13 were both level after wins for Holder and Ward respectively, leaving everything going down to heat 14, with Wolves realistically in desperate need of a heat advantage given the dominance “Turbo Twins” have had in heat 15′s so far.
It was not to be though for the battling Wolves, as the second reserves race of the night ended in a Pirates 5-1, leaving the away side requiring an unlikely heat 15 maximum of their own to end the unbeaten record Poole have at Wimborne Road in 2012.
Instead, the opposite happened as the Turbo Twins of Ward and Holder fought their way to the front to secure their 1oth maximum out of 11 heats 15 outings so far this season, leaving a final score of 50-43 to preserve that unbeaten home record.
In the end, it was Chris Holder (11+1) and Darcy Ward (20+1) who fired Poole to the win despite the Pirates being behind for long periods. At reserve though, Ricky Kling (8) scored relatively well from his 7 riders, whilst fellow reserve Todd Kurtz (4+1) and returning Sam Masters (4+1) performed solidly.
Meanwhile, Wolves put up a valiant effort in a meeting in which they looked to have no chance. Number 1 Freddie Lindgren led the way as usual with 11+2, although he did tail off towards the end of the meeting, whilst he received excellent support from the ever-improving Aussie Ty Proctor (10+2) who continued his good form despite riding in the tough number 5 jacket. Pole Robert Miskowiak (10) scored in every ride to end with a great double figure return, whilst Pontus Aspgren (6+1) supplied one of his best displays to date since joining Wolves. With the main body all scoring well, it was the reserves who underperformed slightly, with Ricky Wells (4) failing to build on his wonderful 18+2 point haul on Monday to put in a disappointing display. After being thrown in at the deep end, Dudley rider Ashley Morris (2+1) did better than expected though, emerging as another bright point from a very encouraging away performance for Wolves.
Poole Pirates – 50
1. Chris Holder – 2 , 2 , 3 , 3 , 2′ = 12+1
2. Sam Masters – 1′ , 1 , 0 , 2 , 0 = 4+1
3. Darcy Ward – 3 , 3^ , 3 , 2′ , 3 , 3 , 3 = 20+1 PAID MAX
4. Jordan Frampton (Guest) – 0 , 1 , 0 = 1
5. Adrian Miedzinski R/R
6. Ricky Kling – 1 , 0 , 0 , 3 , 1 , 0 , 3 = 8
7. Todd Kurtz – 3 , 0 , 0, 2′ = 5+1
Wolverhampton Wolves – 43
1. Freddie Lindgren – 3 , 2′ , 3 , 0 , 2 , 1′ , 0 = 11+2
2. Pontus Aspgren – R , 2′ , 3 , 1′ , 0 = 6+1
3. Robert Miskowiak – 2 , 3 , 2 , 1 , 2 = 10
4. Tai Woffinden R/R
5. Ty Proctor – 3 , 1′ , 2 , 1′ , 2 , 1 = 10+2
6. Ricky Wells – 2 , 1 , 0 , 1 = 4
7. Ashley Morris (Guest) – 0 , 1′ , 1 , 0 = 2+1
Struggling Hammarby recovered from their poor start to the season to grab a 44-46 away win over Valsarna thanks to a strong all around display in a tight meeting.
A win for Tobias Musielak in heat 1 instigated Hammarby moving ahead by 2 points, before the sides traded 5-1s in heats 3 and 4 to keep the scoreline the same.
Krzysztof Kasprzak then took the chequered flag from Musielak in heat 6 for a Valsarna heat advantage to move them level. Hammarby moved themselves back ahead by 2 though in heat 8, and the situation remained the same until heat 12 after a trio of 3-3s.
Hammarby then struck a vital blow in that twelfth race of the night, as Poole man Adrian Miedzinski and Musielak raced to a 5-1 to put the Stockholm outfit 4 points ahead, before Magnus Zetterstrom and Dennis Andersson secured a shock win with another maximum straight afterwards in heat 13.
Valsarna did recover some pride with 5-1s of their own in the final two heats, Krzysztof Buczkowski and Daniel Nermark securing them both, but in the end it was too little too late for the home side, who now lie level on points with Hammarby in 6th after a 44-46 loss.
Valsarna really were in desperate need of a big scorer, as they fell just short despite every rider scoring at least paid 4. Daniel Nermark (10+1) and Krzysztof Buczkowski (9+1) were both very good, and they received solid support from Krzysztof Kasprzak (7) and Tomasz Gapinski (6+1) in the middle order, alongside the decent Robert Kosciecha (5+1). Reserves Victor Palovaara (3+1) and Robin Toernqvist (4+1) also did ok, but in the end Valsarna just needed a little bit more, preferably one rider to take the meeting by the scruff of its neck and score 12 or more points.
Similarly, Hammarby had strength in depth without a real star. However, it was their reserves who starred, with Adrian Miedzinski (9+1) and Sebastian Alden (10) both superb. That really was the difference, with the middle order also scoring well with Tobiasz Musielak (9+2), Dennis Andersson (6+2), Grzegorz Walasek (5+1) and Magnus Zetterstrom (6) all adding useful contributions to make up for the poor Troy Batchelor (2).
Valsarna Hagfors – 44
1. Krzysztof Buczkowski - 9+1 (0,2,2,2*,3)
2. Tomasz Gapiński - 6+1 (2,3,1*,ex)
3. Krzysztof Kasprzak - 7 (3,3,0,1)
4. Robert Kościecha - 5+1 (2*,1,2,ef)
5. Daniel Nermark - 10+1 (1,3,1,3,2*)
6. Robin Toernqvist - 4+1 (1*,0,0,3)
7. Victor Palovaara - 3+1 (2,0,1*,0)
Hammarby Stockholm – 46
1. Magnus Zetterstroem - 6 (1,0,2,3,0)
2. Tobiasz Musielak - 9+2 (3,2,1*,2*,1)
3. Troy Batchelor - 1 (1,0,-,-)
4. Dennis Andersson - 6+2 (0,1*,3,2*)
5. Grzegorz Walasek - 5+1 (2*,3,ef,0)
6. Adrian Miedziński - 9+1 (ef,2,3,1*,3)
7. Sebastian Alden - 10 (3,3,1,2,1)
HEAT BY HEAT
1. Musielak, Gapiński, Zetterstroem, Buczkowski 2:4
2. Alden, Palovaara, Toernqvist, Miedziński (ef) 3:3 (5:7)
3. Kasprzak, Kościecha, Batchelor, Andersson 5:1 (10:8)
4. Alden, Walasek, Nermark, Toernqvist 1:5 (11:13)
5. Gapiński, Miedziński, Andersson, Palovaara 3:3 (14:16)
6. Kasprzak, Musielak, Kościecha, Zetterstroem 4:2 (18:18)
7. Andersson, Buczkowski, Gapiński, Batchelor 3:3 (21:21)
8. Walasek, Kościecha, Alden, Kasprzak 2:4 (23:25)
9. Nermark, Zetterstroem, Musielak, Toernqvist 3:3 (26:28)
10. Miedziński, Buczkowski, Palovaara, Walasek (ef) 3:3 (29:31)
11. Toernqvist, Alden, Miedziński, Palovaara 3:3 (32:34)
12. Miedziński, Musielak, Nermark, Kościecha (ef) 1:5 (33:39)
13. Zetterstroem, Andersson, Kasprzak, Gapiński (ex) 1:5 (34:44)
14. Nermark, Buczkowski, Alden, Walasek 5:1 (39:45)
15. Buczkowski, Nermark, Musielak, Zetterstroem 5:1 (44:46)
A wonderful paid maximum from Indianerna man Niels-Kristian Iversen was not enough to prevent his team going down 48-42 away to Vastervik in a close Eliteserien clash.
Vastervik got off to a stunning start with 5-1s in each of the opening two heats, and although the visitors pulled back with a 4-2 in heat 4, a third home maximum in heat 5 moved them ahead by 10.
Iversen and team-mate Piotr Protasiewicz did begin to mount a comeback as they scored a 5-1 of their own in heat 7 to narrow the gap to 6 points once more, but heat 9 saw Vastervik extend the deficit to 8 again.
Indianerna stayed in touch throughout, but no matter what they tried they just could not convert heat advantages, and with the gulf still 8 points going into the final three heats.
Vastervik then wrapped up the meeting with a 4-2 in heat 13 following a great win for Mikael Max ahead of Grand Prix rider Antonio Lindback, although Indianerna men Iversen and Protasiewicz did create a tighter scoreline with a 5-1 in the penultimate race of the night. Iversen then completed his max in heat 15, in a race that ended level to leave the final score as Vastervik 48-42 Indianerna.
Vastervik did not really have a big scorer in their side, but solid scores throughout ensured that they just had enough to take the win. Mikael Max (10+1) and reserve Jurica Pavlic (10) were the main riders as they made double figures, but Peter Ljung (8+1), Daniel King (7) and Pontus Aspgren (6+2) all slightly exceeded expectations to score well. Davey Watt (5+2) and Brit Chris Harris (2+1) were slightly below par, but they still added useful points, with only 5 last places out of 15 coming from home riders to ensure they won the meeting.
Meanwhile, Indianerna had the man of the meeting in Niels-Kristian Iversen (17+1), and another two riders adding good contributions with Hans Andersen and Piotr Protasiewicz (both 8+1). However, unlike the home side, they had no real strength in depth, with the none of the remaining riders scoring more than 4. Grand Prix rider Rune Holta (2) was particularly poor, as was current GP man Antonio Lindback (4).
Vastervik Speedway – 48
1. Davey Watt - 5+2 (2*,1,1*,1)
2. Mikael Max - 10+1 (3,2*,0,3,2)
3. Chris Harris - 2+1 (ef,0,1*,1)
4. Daniel King - 7 (2,3,2,0)
5. Peter Ljung - 8+1 (2,3,2,0,1*)
6. Pontus Aspgren - 6+2 (2*,1*,-,3)
7. Jurica Pavlic - 10 (3,3,1,2,1)
Indianerna Kumla – 42
1. Rune Holta - 2 (0,2,0,0)
2. Hans Andersen - 8+1 (1,1*,2,3,1)
3. Niels Kristian Iversen - 17+1 (3,2*,3,3,3,3)
4. Antonio Lindback - 4 (1,1,-,2)
5. Piotr Protasiewicz - 8+1 (3,3,0,ex,2*,0)
6. Simon Gustafsson - 2 (0,0,-,2)
7. Mathias Thoernblom - 1 (1,0,-,ex)
HEAT BY HEAT
1. Max, Watt, Andersen, Holta 5:1
2. Pavlic, Aspgren, Thoernblom, Gustafsson 5:1 (10:2)
3. Iversen, King, Lindback, Harris (ef) 2:4 (12:6)
4. Protasiewicz, Ljung, Aspgren, Thoernblom 3:3 (15:9)
5. Pavlic, Max, Lindback, Gustafsson 5:1 (20:10)
6. King, Holta, Andersen, Harris 3:3 (23:13)
7. Protasiewicz, Iversen, Watt, Max 1:5 (24:18)
8. Iversen, King, Harris, Protasiewicz 3:3 (27:21)
9. Ljung, Andersen, Pavlic, Holta 4:2 (31:23)
10. Andersen, Pavlic, Watt, Protasiewicz (ex) 3:3 (34:26)
11. Aspgren, Gustafsson, Pavlic, Thoernblom (ex) 4:2 (38:28)
12. Iversen, Ljung, Andersen, King 2:4 (40:32)
13. Max, Lindback, Harris, Holta 4:2 (44:34)
14. Iversen, Protasiewicz, Watt, Ljung 1:5 (45:39)
15. Iversen, Max, Ljung, Protasiewicz 3:3 (48:42)
Dackarna Malilla continued their perfect start to the 2012 season as Swedish Grand Prix winner Freddie Lindgren and hotshot Darcy Ward grabbed a last heat 5-1 to snatch their side a 47-43 victory in an exciting and tight top of the table clash.
The star-studded visitors got off to a perfect start though, as in-form reserve Leon Madsen was joined at the front by Russian Emil Sayfutdinov to take a 5-1, before a Martin Vaculik win in heat two instigated another heat advantage to move Vetlanda 6 ahead.
High-flying Dackarna soon bounced straight back though, with Michael Jepsen Jensen and Lindgren scoring a heat 4 maximum over Jason Crump, before the Peterborough youngster joined forces with Jonas Davidsson to repeat the trick in heat 5 and put the hosts ahead by 2.
After heat 7, the scores were level once more, and despite the teams trading blows with 5-1s in heats 8 and 9, that was how things remained going into the latter stages.
However, Vetlanda nudged ahead again in heat 9, with Vaculik continuing to impress to instigate a 4-2, before a pair of 3-3s in the 11th and 12th races of the evening.
The home side struck a crucial 5-1 in heat 13 though, as Jepsen Jensen and Ward reversed the two point deficit back into their favour.
A very good win for Jason Crump in the penultimate race of the night over Lindgren resulted in a Vetlanda 4-2 though, and that left a thrilling last heat decider in prospect with the scores level.
It was then the Dackarna pair Lindgren and Ward who shot to the front, and they brilliantly team rode home ahead of Grand Prix riders Sayfutdinov and Hampel to the delight of the home fans to keep them top of the league with a hard-fought 47-43 win.
The home side were spurred to the win by three star performers, as Michael Jepsen Jensen (14), Darcy Ward (12+2) and Fredrik Lindgren (9+2) all added great scores. They received substantial support to boost the effort, with Andreas Jonsson (5) adding some useful points despite not having his best night, whilst Polish youngster Patryk Dudek (5+2) continued to do well despite moving up to the main body of the team.
Dackarna had 5 of their 7 riders scoring relatively well, but the problem came with the fact that none of their big three Grand Prix riders really managed to dominate. Emil Sayfutdinov (8+2) and Jarek Hampel (10) both did OK, but with Jason Crump (6) not really performing in the early stages, one of them needed a big score of 12+. Leon Madsen (7+1) also added to his wonderful early season form despite his switch to the main body, whilst the man who replaced him at reserve, Martin Vaculik (8) really benefited from the switch. One of the main problems for the visitors turned out to be the performance of Thomas H Jonasson, as he failed to build on his Swedish Grand Prix final appearance to only score 2.
Dackarna Malilla – 47
1. Andreas Jonsson - 5 (1,2,2,0)
2. Jonas Davidsson - 2+1 (ex,2*,0,-)
3. Darcy Ward - 12+2 (1*,3,3,2*,3)
4. Patryk Dudek - 5+2 (2,0,2*,1*,)
5. Fredrik Lindgren - 9+2 (2*,1,2,2,2*)
6. Michael Jepsen Jensen - 14 (2,3,3,0,3,3)
7. Joel Larsson - 0 (0,-,0,0)
Elit Vetlanda – 43
1. Emil Sayfutdinov - 8+2 (2*,1*,3,1,1)
2. Leon Madsen - 7+1 (3,2,2*,0,)
3. Jarosław Hampel - 10 (3,3,3,1,0)
4. Thomas H. Jonasson - 2 (0,1,1,0)
5. Jason Crump - 6 (1,1,1,3)
6. Henric Lindqvist - 2+1 (1,0,-,1*)
7. Martin Vaculik - 8 (3,ex,0,3,2)
HEAT BY HEAT
1. Madsen, Sayfutdinov, Jonsson, Davidsson (ex) 1:5
2. Vaculik, Jensen, Lindqvist, Larsson 2:4 (3:9)
3. Hampel, Dudek, Ward, Jonasson 3:3 (6:12)
4. Jensen, Lindgren, Crump, Vaculik (ex) 5:1 (11:13)
5. Jensen, Davidsson, Jonasson, Lindqvist 5:1 (16:14)
6. Ward, Madsen, Sayfutdinov, Dudek 3:3 (19:17)
7. Hampel, Jonsson, Jonasson, Davidsson 2:4 (21:21)
8. Ward, Dudek, Crump, Vaculik 5:1 (26:22)
9. Sayfutdinov, Madsen, Lindgren, Jensen 1:5 (27:27)
10. Vaculik, Jonsson, Crump, Larsson 2:4 (29:31)
11. Jensen, Vaculik, Lindqvist, Larsson 3:3 (32:34)
12. Hampel, Lindgren, Dudek, Madsen 3:3 (35:37)
13. Jensen, Ward, Sayfutdinov, Jonasson 5:1 (40:38)
14. Crump, Lindgren, Hampel, Jonsson 2:4 (42:42)
15. Ward, Lidngren, Sayfutdinov, Hampel 5:1 (47:43)
2011 Eliteserien Champions Piraterna continued their recent good form with a resounding 58-31 victory over Vargarna thanks to a superb maiden Eliteserien maximum for Peterborough rider Linus Sundstrom.
After an opening heat 5-1 for Grand Prix duo Greg Hancock and Chris Holder, things were tight, with the next three heats all ending level. However, the home side struck a hammer blow in heat 5, as Holder played a part in another 5-1, this time with Sundstrom, to double the Piraterna lead to 8.
Heats 6 and 7 then ended in exactly the same fashion, with Maciej Janowski and Piotr Pawlicki combining in heat 6 before Holder and Hancock joined forces again to take the chequered flag and move the Pirates into an unassailable 15 points lead at the halfway stage.
Piraterna then continued their dominant run of heats with heat advantages in each of the next 4 heats, leaving them assured of victory at 26 points ahead with only 4 heats to go. Heat 12 did give the visiting side a shred of pride, with a 5-0 after exclusions to both the Pawlicki brothered, but they were soon well and truly buried as a 4-2 in heat 13 and a final maximum in the last race of the night completed the rout.
For Piraterna, it was a superb display throughout the line-up, with four big scorers backed up well by the remaining riders. Reserve Linus Sundstrom (11+1) did lead the way with a paid maximum, but Grand Prix men Chris Holder (11+2) and Greg Hancock (9+2) were also excellent. World Under 21 Champion Maciej Janowski (13+1) continues to impress, whilst fellow young Poles Przemyslaw Pawlicki (6+1) and brother Piotr (4+2) also played their part.
Meanwhile, it was a miserable performance for Vargarna, with only two riders having any real impact on the meeting to emerge with some credit. Veteran Peter Karlsson (12+1) put up some resistance, as did Nicki Pedersen (8), although you would expect a little more from the in-form Grand Prix man. The rest, though, did nothing of note, with Lakeside man Kim Nilsson (4) and Swindon rider Peter Kildemand (3) doing less than would be expected.
Piraterna Motala – 58
1. Greg Hancock - 9+2 (3,3,2*,1*)
2. Chris Holder - 11+2 (2*,3,2*,1,3)
3. Maciej Janowski -13+1 (2,3,3,3,2*)
4. Piotr Pawlicki - 4+2 (1*,2*,1,ex)
5. Przemysław Pawlicki - 6+1 (1*,3,ex,2)
6. Anton Rosen - 4 (0,2,1,1)
7. Linus Sundstrom - 11+1 (3,2*,3,3)
Vargarna Norrkoeping – 31
1. Michał Szczepaniak - 2 (1,1,0,0)
2. Peter Kildemand - 3 (ex,0,-,3)
3. Peter Karlsson - 12+1 (3,1,2,2*,3,1)
4. Danił Iwanow - 0 (0,0,0,-)
5. Nicki Pedersen - 8 (3,2,1,2,ef,ef)
6. Anders Mellgren - 2+1 (1*,1,-,0)
7. Kim Nilsson - 4 (2,0,0,0,2)
HEAT BY HEAT
1. Hancock, Holder, Szczepaniak, Kildemand (ex/2mins) 5:1
2. Sundstroem, Nilsson, Mellgren, Rosen 3:3 (8:4)
3. Karlsson, Janowski, Pi. Pawlicki, Iwanow 3:3 (11:7)
4. Pedersen, Rosen, Prz. Pawlicki, Nilsson 3:3 (14:10)
5. Holder, Sundstroem, Mellgren, Iwanow 5:1 (19:11)
6. Janowski, Pi. Pawlicki, Szczepaniak, Kildemand 5:1 (24:12)
7. Hancock, Holder, Karlsson, Iwanow 5:1 (29:13)
8. Janowski, Pedersen, Pi. Pawlicki, Nilsson 4:2 (33:15)
9. Prz. Pawlicki, Karlsson, Rosen, Szczepaniak 4:2 (37:17)
10. Sundstroem, Hancock, Pedersen, Nilsson 5:1 (42:18)
11. Sundstroem, Nilsson, Rosen, Mellgren 4:2 (46:20)
12. Kildemand, Karlsson, Prz. Pawlicki (ex), Pi. Pawlicki (ex) 0:5 (46:25)
13. Janowski, Pedersen, Holder, Szczepaniak 4:2 (50:27)
14. Karlsson, Prz. Pawlicki, Hancock, Pedersen (ef) 3:3 (53:30)
15. Holder, Janowski, Karlsson, Pedersen (ef) 5:1 (58:31)
Man of the moment Freddie Lindgren was left delighted as he led Wolves to a comprehensive 57-35 home win to Peterborough. The injury-ravaged Wolves faced a side with similar problems, and eventually came out on top, with Lindgren scoring a paid maximum in the process. “It is great. We had a real struggle as a team last week, and still without Tai (Woffinden) and Nicolai (Klindt) it was a tough ask, but PK came in today and did a perfect job, and Ricky Wells at reserve was tremendous. It was a good win in the end and we are still in the hunt for a play-off place”.
American Ricky Wells was absolutely crucial, continuing his great form this year with an 18+2 point haul, and captain Lindgren was quick to heap praise on the reserve. “Ricky is very important right now. If you have a strong reserve who is scoring well it makes things a hell of a lot easier. He has stepped up so far this season for us, he has been excellent, especially here at Monmore, and I am really pleased for him”.
Fast Freddie secured a thrilling victory in the Swedish Grand Prix at the weekend, and says he is still feeling the buzz from that great night in Gothenburg. “Saturday was amazing. It felt really good and I think I am still buzzing off it a bit, and that max for me tonight was also really good. I have had a bit of trouble for a while and not been scoring as I wanted to, so it’s great to be back in the points”.
After taking 52 attempts to get that first win, the 24 year old confesses that it is a relief to get that first victory, and now he is just looking ahead in the Grand Prix series. “We will see what the future will bring in the Grand Prix’s, but obviously to get that first win is great. There is some pressure or mental block that is gone now. I know that I can win and when I am in a final again I will just go for it. Now I move into the top 8, and I am delighted with that. To keep it there I just need to look onwards and upwards and don’t look back, just keep looking to move forwards”.
Back to Wolves, and the Midlands outfit now move on to the KO Cup second leg away at Poole. Going in 15 points behind after a poor home defeat in the first leg, the Swede admits the tie is all but over as a contest. “I don’t think we are going to get anything there to be honest. I think we are pretty dead and buried after the first leg but now we are going to go there and give it our all and ride with some pride”.
Peterborough hotshot Michael Jepsen Jensen admitted that it was always going to be an uphill task for his side, with injuries to Olly Allen and Linus Sundstrom playing a massive part as they were comfortably defeated 57-35 by Wolverhampton. “We got a lot of injuries at the moment, so we were in a bad situation tonight. We had Linus out injured after his first ride tonight, and he is one of the best riders we have and that was a massive blow. Of course we wanted to try and win, but I don’t think we can complain because we were missing two riders and without them it was always going to be hard work”.
The Dane looked very impressive, scoring 14 points from 6 rides, including a 4 points tactical ride, but the 20 year old was a little disappointed with his performance. “I am not that please with my own performance. I missed a lot of gates and wasn’t racing too well. Still, I got a decent score so it wasn’t too bad”.
It was the first time Jepsen Jensen had ridden at the tight Monmore Green circuit, but the youngster seemed to enjoy it, praising the track. “It is quite a good track. It has a lot of lines, and you just have to race it hard. Hopefully we will do better here next time”.
In his first full season in the Elite League, the Panthers man has raised a lot of eyebrows with some great performances, and admits he is enjoying things and has been helped by much improved equipment since his short stint here at the end of the last campaign. “I am finding things alright. My bike is running very good, and that makes things a lot easier when you feel that the bike wants to go forward and go fast. I cam here for a few meetings at the end of last year, but the engines weren’t really going as well as I wanted them to be, so it was a little hard last season. This year though they are alright and things I going well.
Recently, Jepsen Jensen has been granted a wildcard for the Danish Grand Prix on the 9th June, and he is relishing the opportunity to test himself against the best that the world has to offer. “Of course I can’t wait for it (Danish Grand Prix). It is a big meeting, especially being back home in Denmark, in Copenhagen as well, so I am just looking to go there to try hard and see what I can do”.
The Wolverhampton Wolves got back to winning ways on their home track as they easily dispatched of the injury-ravaged Peterborough Panthers 57-35 at Monmore Green.
The home side got off to a dream start, as Swedish Grand Prix winner Fredrik Lindgren passed the Bjerre brothers Kenneth and Lasse to join reserve Ricky Wells at the front for a Wolves 5-1.
Wells then added his second victory in heat 2, although only a 3-3 was a result, before in-form Peterborough man Linus Sundstrom took a nasty fall in heat 3. Wolves new-boy Robert Miskowiak locked up on turn two of the second lap with the hosts on a 5-1, and Sundstrom had nowhere to go, running into the Pole’s back wheel and falling awkwardly. After prolonged treatment, the Swede took his place in the rerun and went round to take third place after Miskowiak had been excluded as hotshot Michael Jepsen Jensen held off a fast looking Ty Proctor to pull the visitors back within 2.
An awesome win for returning Wolves legend Peter Karlsson in heat 4 kept that 2 point gap the same, before more drama in heat 5. Ty Proctor charged up the inside of Lasse Bjerre going into lap 2, and after the Dane fell the Wolves man was excluded to the dismay of the Wolves fans. However, Miskowiak took a great win from the gate ahead of both the Bjerre’s to preserve the Wolves lead, and that advantage was soon extended to 6 after another comfortable 5-1 from Wells and Lindgren in heat 6.
In the 7th race of the night, the watching crowd were treated to a real cracker, with Karlsson eventually getting the better of Jepsen Jensen after a colossal battle, resulting in a 3-3.
Wells then continued his stunning night to play a part in another 5-1, this time with Proctor, but that put the home side ten points clear and enabled Peterborough to use a tactical ride.
Michael Jepsen Jensen went for double as a result, but in an absolutely stunning race, Aussie Proctor came out on top to leave the score as a 4-4 to keep Wolves ahead by 10.
Lindgren preserved his maximum with a win over the quick Jepsen Jensen next time out in heat 10 for another level race, before a Kenneth Bjerre ended the maximum hopes of both Karlsson and Wells in heat 11to keep the deficit at ten points still.
With Peterborough now unable to use another tactical ride though, Wolves pulled clear with a destructive spell of three heats. First, Miskowiak and Wells pulled off an excellent 5-1 ahead of Jepsen Jensen and Lawson to all but seal the win in heat 12, before Karlsson and Lindgren went back to old time with a 5-1 of their own in heat 13 to wrap up maximum points.
Great performances for Wells and Proctor were then completed in the penultimate race of the night with a third consecutive maximum to create a 22 point deficit, and that was how things stayed after a 3-3 in heat 15 following a win for Freddie Lindgren to complete his maximum.
For Wolves it was a superb display in front of their home fans when they were in desperate need of a win. Fredrik Lindgren (12+3) added to his maiden Grand Prix win with a paid maximum, but the real star was Ricky Wells, who signalled his improvement in 2012 with a wonderful, match winning display to score 18+2 from reserve. Guest Peter Karlsson (11) replaced the injured Tai Woffinden superbly, whilst middle-order duo Ty Proctor (9+2) and Robert Miskowiak (7) scored excellently despite both being excluded once. Lukasz Sowka again failed to score at reserve, but on this occasion those around him rose to the task to more than make up for it.
On the other hand, Peterborough were undone by key injuries, with the loss of Linus Sundstrom way too much for them to cope with due to the absence of Olly Allen due to injury. Michael Jepsen Jensen (14) continued his excellent form, but he received no substantial support at all. Kenneth Bjerre (8+1) did OK, but was nowhere near as good as would be expected from him, whilst brother Lasse (4+1) also had little impact from his 5 rides. With no numbers 4 or 5, reserves Richard Lawson and Jesper B Monberg were forced to take 13rides between them, and the fact that they only yielded 8+4 between them was a massive problem, and the failure for either rider to step up was a major factor in the magnitude of their defeat.
Wolverhampton Wolves – 57
1. Fredrik Lindgren – 2′, 2′, 3, 2′, 3 = 12+3
2. Pontus Aspgren R/R
3. Robert Miskowiak – X, 3, 1, 3, 0 = 7
4. Ty Proctor – 2, X, 2′, 3, 2′ = 9+2
5. Peter Karlsson (G) – 3, 3, 2, 3 = 11
6. Ricky Wells – 3, 3, 3, 3, 1′, 2′, 3 = 18+2
7. Lukasz Sowka – 0, 0, 0, 0 = 0
Peterborough Panthers – 35
1. Kenneth Bjerre – 1, 2, 3, 1, 1′ = 8+1
2. Lasse Bjerre – 0, 2, 1′, 1, 0 = 4+1
3. Michael Jepsen Jensen – 3, 2, 4^, 2, 1, 2 = 14
4. Linus Sundstrom – 1 = 1 WITHDRAWN
5. Olly Allen R/R
6. Richard Lawson – 2, 0, 1′, 0, 1′, 0, 0 = 4+2
7. Jesper B. Monberg – 1′, 1′, 1, 0, 0, 1 = 4+2
The Birmingham Brummies bounced back from two heavy defeats last week by emerging as shock 40-50 winners away against the Coventry Bees in a Midlands derby at Brandon.
In the early stages, things were very tight, with wins for Birmingham riders Bjarne Pedersen and Josh Auty in heats 1 and 2 resulting in nothing more than 3-3s to keep the scores level.
Coventry then made the first impression on the meeting with a heat three 5-1 from Kenni Larsen and Chris Harris over British duo Danny King and Ben Barker, although a win from Sebastian Ulamek over Scott Nicholls next time out did instigate a Birmingham 4-2 which halved that deficit back down to two.
Heats 5 and 6 were both level, meaning the gap between the two sides stayed at two, but that gulf was reversed in favour of the visiting Brummies in heat 7 as Barker and King bagged a brilliant 5-1 ahead of fellow Brits Nicholls and Roynon.
After another pair of level races, Birmingham moved 6 clear with another maximum from Barker and King, although a Scott Nicholls win straight afterwards in heat 11 instigated a Bees 4-2 to limit the damage and place Coventry back within 4.
Things were the same going into heat 13, but a horror crash ensued, as Nicholls flew over the handle bars in spectacular fashion after colliding with Bjarne Pedersen in a battle for the lead. Thankfully, Nicholls escaped with just a broken collarbone and bruising after a crash which could have resulted in a lot worse, but now the Bees will now be without one of their key riders for around about a month.
With Nicholls excluded, the subsequent rerun resulted in a Birmingham 5-1 which all but wrapped up the win, and after a win from Auty in the penultimate race of the night moved the visitors ahead by 10 with a 4-2, maximum points were on the cards.
That 10 points deficit was how it ended, with the final race of an entertaining meetings ending with a 3-3 after Chris Harris took the chequered flag to end Sebastian Ulamek’s hopes of a maximum.
Coventry had Chris Harris (13+1) back on the top of his game after a disappointing Swedish Grand Prix on Saturday, but with the rest of the big three failing to perform, they were always going to find things difficult. Edward Kennett (4+1) had a real off night at number one, whilst Scott Nicholls (6) was also below par before his awful crash. With that in mind, their middle order man Kenni Larsen (4+1) really needed to put in a big display to give them a chance, yet he didn’t do that and as a result they had little chance. Adam Roynon (6+1) was good at reserve, as was Leigh Lanham (6), but that was not enough to make up for their under performing main body, especially with other reserve Henning Bager only scoring 2.
On the other hand, it was a very professional display from the Birmingham Brummies comprising of every rider carrying out their duties, with most adding a couple more points than usual. At number one, Bjarne Pedersen (9+1) did all that would be expected, winning heat 1 in the process, but it was his fellow heat leader Sebastian Ulamek (13+1) who was the real superstar. Josh Auty (10+1) continued his great form against his old club to be a real trump card at reserve, making up for the score of zero from reserve partner Tomasz Piscz, whilst another former Bee, Ben Barker, was very solid alongside Danny King in the middle order as they both scored 7+1. Finally, German Martin Smolinski continued his run of consistent performances with a solid 4+2, helping Birmingham to a crucial win away from home after a heavy home loss to Poole last week.
Coventry Bees – 40
1. Edward Kennett – 1′, 2, R, 1, R = 4+1
2. Leigh Lanham – X, 1′, 3, 1 = 5+1
3. Chris Harris – 2′, 3, 2, 3, 3 = 13+1
4. Kenni Larsen – 3, 0, 1′, 0 = 4+1
5. Scott Nicholls – 2, 1, 3, X = 6
6. Adam Roynon – 2, 1′, 0, 1, 0, 2 = 6+1
7. Henning Bager – 2, 0, 0 = 2
Birmingham Brummies – 50
1. Bjarne Pedersen – 3, 2, 0, 3, 1′ = 9+1
2. Martin Smolinski – 0, 1′, 1′, 2 = 4+2
3. Danny King – 0, 3, 2′, 2 = 7+1
4. Ben Barker – 1, 2′, 3, 1 = 7+1
5. Sebastian Ulamek – 3, 3, 3, 2′, 2 = 13+1
6. Tomasz Piszcz – 0, R, 0 = 0
7. Josh Auty – 3, 1, 2, 1′, 3 = 10+1