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2012 will certainly be remembered by all speedway fans for all the wrong reasons, but for Lakeside it was more heartbreaking than most.
After another enthralling season, the Elite League has drawn to a close for another with Swindon Robins eventually crowned Champions.
There have been lots of ups and downs, with many stand out performers – but here is my team of the year for 2012.
Poole Pirates are firm favourites to make the Elite League Grand Final after they struck a 47-43 win away against a brave Lakeside side in the play-off semi-final first leg.
Wolverhampton Wolves scored three 5-1s in the last three races as they snatched a hard-fought 47-43 victory over play-off chasing Lakeside Hammers.
Fredrik Lindgren and Tai Woffinden again led the way, as they scored a total 27 points including the decisive maximum in heat 15.
Poole Pirates moved back to the summit of the Elite League table with a hard-fought 41-48 victory against Lakeside at the Arena-Essex Raceway.
Poole Pirates remain top of the Elite League table after they powered to a comprehensive 57-37 victory over Lakeside Hammers.
Belle Vue Aces held off a valiant effort from the Lakeside Hammers to take a 48-42 victory at Kirky Lane.
A sublime paid maximum from resurgent Aussie Troy Batchelor powered the Swindon Robins to a 53-37 victory over fellow high-flyers Lakeside.
The Robins got off to a dream start, with GP star Hans Andersen being joined at the front by Jason Doyle for a comfortable 5-1 over Davey Watt.
After a 3-3 in the second race of the meeting, Swindon extended their lead to 6 points through a Batchelor victory, converted into a 4-2 by Simon Stead in third.
Lakeside then dragged themselves right back into the meeting, as returning Jonas Davidsson and Kauko Nieminen were awarded a 5-1 after Peter Kildemand fell late on while leading.
Batchelor and Stead instantly moved the home side back into a 4 point lead with another 4-2 in heat 5, before the Andersen and Doyle duo again combined for their second 5-1 in heat 6 to double that advantage to 8.
A victory for Hammers man Peter Karlsson resulted in a level heat 7, before Robert Mear and Kauko Nieminen kept the visitors in contention by striking a maximum next time out.
It was instantly nullified by Swindon though, with Batchelor and Stead this time going one better to strike a 5-1.
Swede Kim Nilsson brilliantly defeated Hans Andersen to instigate a Lakeside 4-2 in the next race, but again Swindon maintained their 8 point lead with a 4-2 of their own immediately afterwards – this time debutant Dawid Lampart holding off opposition number one Davey Watt.
Lakeside provided race winners in the form of Karlsson and Watt in heats 12 and 14 respectively, but they failed to convert those race wins into heat advantages on both occasions, leaving their chances looking bleak with only two heats left and 8 points down.
The home side then punished them, first scoring a 5-1 with the superb Batchelor and Lampart, before Batchelor was joined at the front by Andersen in heat 15 to wrap things up in style.
For Swindon, it was a superb performance in what could have been a very tricky meeting. Troy Batchelor (13+2) was impeccable as ever, whilst Hans Andersen (12+1) yet again provided an excellent, double-figure score from the number one race jacket. At reserve, debutant Dawid Lampart (11+1) proved to be a real trump card, and that big-scoring trio was backed up well by Simon Stead (7). Jason Doyle (5+2) also did his job after moving to the main body, whilst Peter Kildemand (3+2) and Lasse Bjerre (2+1) did contribute to the win despite not being at their best.
On the other hand, Lakeside will be very disappointed to have not even taken a point from a meeting which they were in contention of winning until the very closing stages. In the end though, pretty much all riders underperformed just a little, and as a result, they were comfortably beaten. Davey Watt (9) and Peter Karlsson (9) were both OK, but you would expect at least one of the pair to hit double-figures, whilst Jonas Davidsson (5) struggled on his return. With the main three riders all below par, the rest of the team needed to step up, but only reserve Kauko Nieminen (7+2) made any real impact. Kim Nilsson (4) and Robert Mear (3) were both poor in the main body, and with Steve Worrall (0) also failing to score at reserve, the Hammers were blown away.
Swindon Robins – 53
1. Hans Andersen 3, 3, 2, 2, 2* =12+1
2. Jason Doyle 2*, 2*, 1, 0 =5+2
3. Simon Stead 1, 1, 3, 2 = 7
4. Troy Batchelor 3, 3, 2*, 2*, 3 = 13+2
5. Peter Kildemand F, 1*, 1, 1* =3+2
6. Dawid Lampart 2, 2, 3, 1*, 3 = 11+1
7. Lasse Bjerre 1*, 1, F = 2+1
Lakeside Hammers – 37
1. Davey Watt 1, 2, 2, 3, 1 = 9
2. Robert Mear Fx, 0, 3, 0 = 3
3. Peter Karlsson 2, 3, 1, 3, 0 = 9
4. Kim Nilsson 0, 3, 1 = 4
5. Jonas Davidsson 3, 1, 1, 0 = 5
6. Steve Worrall 0, 0, 0 = 0
7. Kauko Nieminen 3, 2*, 0, 2*, 0, 0 = 7+2
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